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 explore PREP’s newest report the 2015 Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA)  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

  • April 2016: Community Calendar
    April 2016: Community Calendar
    Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal Research Volunteers for NH Sea Grant! The Coastal Research Volunteers Hub Connect Here Explore Great Bay at the Great Bay Discovery Center Ongoing events Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young & Old   Sunday, April 17th MMRG’s Annual Meeting & Silent...
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  • Town Achievements: Kittery's Spruce Creek Watershed-Based Management Plan and Watershed Improvement Project
    Town Achievements: Kittery’s Spruce Creek Watershed-Based Management Plan and Watershed Improvement Project
    Photo of the mid-estuary data sonde location in Spruce Creek – Photo from FB Environmental FB Environmental Associates has been assisting the Town of Kittery, the Spruce Creek Association, and their partners for the last seven years to assess and restore this important, beautiful and impaired estuarine waterbody.  Spruce Creek is impaired for non-point source pollution (septic systems, fecal coliform...
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  • April 2016: Clean Water Champion, Annie Cox
    April 2016: Clean Water Champion, Annie Cox
    This month we’re excited to introduce you to our newest Management Committee member, Annie Cox from the Annie Cox  from the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. As the Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Annie helps develop and organize workshops and trainings for professionals working with and making decisions that affect our natural resources.  Annie holds a masters in Ecological Design from the Conway...
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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.