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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

  • 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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  • January 2017: Community Calendar
    January 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!  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...
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  • January 2017: Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist
    January 2017: Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist
    THOUGHTS & NOTES FROM THE COASTAL SCIENTIST:  The Technical Advisory Committee had its third meeting on January 6th, 2017 to solicit input for the development of the 2017 PREP Data Report and 2018 State of Our Estuaries (SOOE) Report. This third meeting was focused on oysters and clams; populations, harvesting, health, restoration (oysters) and included new data since 2011. In addition,...
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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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