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.

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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

  • 2015-2016 PREPA Grant Program Final Reports
    2015-2016 PREPA Grant Program Final Reports
      The 2015 PREPA Grant Program projects closed October 1, 2016. For the eleven grant projects $75,864.14 money was allocated (projects ranging from just over $4,700 up to $10,000) and $96,059.37 have been leveraged as match (non-federal cash and in-kind). Projects resulted in the following products and outcomes: Wetland evaluation conducted for one community and assistance for designating a salt marsh as prime wetland...
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  • November 2016 Clean Water Champion: Emily Lord
    November 2016 Clean Water Champion: Emily Lord
    This month’s Clean Water Champion is most definitely a champion and a super talented photographer and energetic steward of lands and waters! Emily Lord is the Stewardship Outreach Coordinator with UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) and is a team member of UNHCE’s the Stewardship Network: New England initiative to mobilize volunteers to care for and study New Hampshire’s land and waters. Prior...
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  • November 2016: Watershed Watch
    November 2016: Watershed Watch
    2016 King Tide Coverage & Photos  By WMUR In October the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup hosted a wildly successful King Tide Photo Contest. TONIGHT at the film screening we’ll announce the winners & showcase all the submissions! And check out the great story airedon WMUR featuring PREP Management Committee members Rayanne Dionne and Jay Diener from Hampton. The contest received...
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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.