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

  • August 2016: Clean Water Community Calendar
    August 2016: Clean Water Community Calendar
    The 2016 International Low Impact Development conference will be in Portland Maine this coming August! The 2016 conference theme is Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure for Municipal Programs. There is an impressive list of invited speakers from leading municipalities around the country who have a tremendous amount to share about the successful operations and maintenance of green infrastructure assets. There is a...
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  • August 2016: Watershed Watch
    August 2016: Watershed Watch
    Current Report & Forecast Drought Impacts & Outlook for the Northeast Region, July 2016 By NOAA NOAA Regional Climate Services, in collaboration with the Northeast and Southeast Regional Climate Centers, the National Weather Service offices in MA and NY, the NOAA/National Center for Environmental Information, the USDA Ag Hub, and the state climatologist from NH (phew!) released a short summary...
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  • Salmon Falls Watershed Success Safari
    Salmon Falls Watershed Success Safari
    Safari participants hear from Patti Connaughton-Burns from Moose Mountains Regional Greenways on Stop #3 of the Safari Bus Tour.   In 2009 PREP helped to form the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative to improve watershed planning and management — and to protect water supply sources — in the Salmon Falls River watershed. Shared by ten NH towns and  eight Maine towns, the Salmon...
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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.