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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 explore PREP’s newest report the 2015 Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA)  Click here.
For the 2015 PREPA Local Grants Program RFP 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

  • Clean Water Community Calendar: June 2015
    Clean Water Community Calendar: June 2015
    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 throughout the spring Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young & Old The Gundalow Sails Again – Summer...
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  • Clean Water Champion: Rob Wofchuck
    Clean Water Champion: Rob Wofchuck
    This month we’re happy to feature Chair of the Brentwood Conservation Commission, Rob Wofchuck. Rob was born in New Jersey and moved to Brentwood in 2004 and immediately joined the Conservation Commission. Rob also served on the town Planning Board and as the picture below shows, he’s an avid fisherman. He is involved with Great Bay Trout Unlimited and currently on...
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  • Feature: Announcing the NH Shoreline Management Stories Series!
    Feature: Announcing the NH Shoreline Management Stories Series!
    By: Brendan Newell, Kirsten Howard, and Cathy Coletti New Hampshire is looking ahead for opportunities to make our special Seacoast more resilient to sea-level rise and storms. Shorelines – dynamic areas where people love to be – are often at the front line of coastal hazards. New Hampshire’s approximately 235 miles of tidally-influenced shoreline is a hotbed of culture, history,...
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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.