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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

  • June 2017: TAC Process Update
    June 2017: TAC Process Update
    As part of PREP’s ongoing commitment to transparency, trust building, and strong science we will use this space in each newsletter to update you on our Technical Advisory Committee process. If you’d like to be on the mailing list for the TAC to be notified of meetings, etc. please email Kalle.Matso@unh.edu  Technical Advisory Committee members discussing eelgrass stressors Recent TAC...
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  • June 2017: Celebrating Retirement
    June 2017: Celebrating Retirement
    This summer our region celebrates three outstanding individuals as they prepare for retirement. We cannot thank each one of you enough for your dedication to protect natural resources, work with communities and legislators, and research our environment. We will be a little less whole with your retirements, but we wish you all well in your next endeavors! Don’t be strangers. Cliff...
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  • June 2017: Budget Update
    June 2017: Budget Update
    Sunset at Adams Point On May 23, 2017 President Trump issued his federal fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” In that budget, the National Estuary Program (NEP) received $0 in funding.  This would be for a period to begin October 1, 2018 for PREP (16 months from now).  Also receiving $0 are the Coastal Zone...
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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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