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Welcome to Your Estuaries Partnership

The mission of Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is to protect and improve the water quality and overall health of the region’s two estuaries – Great Bay & Hampton-Seabrook. We monitor and research the region’s water ways, encourage all who live, work and play on the Seacoast to take actions to help protect and preserve the places we love, support development patterns that protect water quality, maintain open spaces and important habitat, and restore estuarine resources. Read more.

To connect with the latest meetings & news from our Technical Advisory Committee Process  Click here.

Science & Research

PREP’s core work includes our science, research and monitoring programs. We fund and coordinate scientific research projects and long-term monitoring to answer questions about the health of the estuaries and how they are changing over time. Our triennial  State of Our Estuaries reports explain the status and trends of environmental conditions in the estuaries. PREP also maintains an extensive Publications Library of research reports.  Read More

Get Involved

As the Community for Clean Water, PREP works to unite and encourage you, your friends and family to take simple steps to reduce water pollution caused by our every day actions. The power to make a difference lies in every one of us changing small behaviors so that all of us can continue to enjoy this fantastic place we call home. Read More

Partnerships & Initiatives

PREP is what it is because of strong partnerships and collaborations, the work of protecting and preserving our estuaries could not be successful without the tireless efforts and cooperation from many. A primary initiative of PREP is to conserve natural areas and restore ecosystems that support estuarine health. PREP ‘s guiding document is the Piscataqua Region 2010 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan which contains 82 action plans that provide a roadmap to protecting and restoring the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries.  Read More

Featured Stories

  • March 2017: Community Calendar
    March 2017: Community Calendar
    Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE BES WEBSITE March Management Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 14 at the Portsmouth Public Library 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online...
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  • State of Our Estuaries: Looking Back to Look Forward
    State of Our Estuaries: Looking Back to Look Forward
    Back in 2000, Bill Belichick became the head coach for the New England Patriots, “No Strings Attached” by *NSYNC was the best-selling album of the year, and PREP (formerly the New Hampshire Estuaries Project) produced the first ever State of New Hampshire’s Estuaries Report, a snapshot of the environmental conditions of the state’s estuaries. Over the last 17 years a...
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  • New assessment suggests that a healthy Great Bay Estuary is worth a lot to people who live here
    New assessment suggests that a healthy Great Bay Estuary is worth a lot to people who live here
    By Kirsten Howard, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program We all know that people care about the Great Bay Estuary for a lot of reasons, whether because they boat on it, make their living from it, like to look at it, eat seafood produced in it, are protected by it, or something else. But just how much do...
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PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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