As the Community for Clean Water, one of PREP’s goals is to keep you informed on the latest outings, conferences, workshops and FUN happening around our watershed so that you, your family, friends & neighbors can get involved!
Below is our run-down for March. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!
 
Saturday, March 8th
Beach Clean-Up with Blue Ocean Society 
10:30am
Jenness State Beach, Rye, NH
Join the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation at their monthly beach cleanup. Many hands make for light work.

CLICK HERE for more info or call 603-431-0260.

Winter Farmers Market 
10:00am-2:00pm
Exeter High School
Join Seacoast Eat Local for their 7th annual winter farmers market season. Eat local and support our neighborhood farmers all year long.

For more info, directions and details on the deliciousness 

 
Kittery Land Trust: History of Brave Boat Harbor 

2:00pm-4:00pm
Kittery Community Theater Star Theater
Take a photographic journey with compelling story teller Dave Kaselauskas into the past of Kittery Point’s Brave Boat Harbor area as viewed from the water.
FREE & OPEN TO ALL!
 
Great Works Regional Land Trust Spring Dinner & Auction 
5:00pm-9:00pm
Spring Hill, Pond Rd., South Berwick
Silent auction, appetizers, dinner, entertainment and live auction all to benefit land protection in southern Maine.

CLICK HERE for more info 

Saturday, March 15th

Beach Clean-Up with Blue Ocean Society 
9:00am
North Hampton Beach, across from The Beach Plum
Join the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation at their monthly beach cleanup. Many hands make for light work.

CLICK HERE for more info or call 603-431-0260.  

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch: Great Bay Sentinel Sites 
12pm-1pm
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland
Join GBNERR’s Research Coordinator Paul Stacey and their Stewardship Coordinator Rachel Stevens for an enlightening lecture on Great Bay Sentinel Sites. Recent extreme storm events, like Hurricane Sandy, have heightened public awareness that climate change can affect our well-being as well as the health of our estuaries. Scientists within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and other partners within our northeast region, have been discussing ways to monitor these changes, most of which occur much more gradually than the havoc caused by extreme storm events, but can be no less devastating. Great Bay has been identified as a “sentinel site”, which is an area where ecological changes are being monitored and related to stressors, including those potentially caused by climate change such as warming temperature and sea level rise. Find out how this is done, and how citizen volunteers may participate in these activities, and what it might mean for your own “climate readiness”.
Bring your own lunch, drinks are provided.
CLICK HERE for more info and call 603-778-0015 to pre-register
March 21st, 2014
NH Water and Watersheds Conference
9:00am-4:00pm
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
The NH Water and Watersheds Conference is designed to meet the information and networking needs of a broad audience. Participants include scientists; educators; consultants; students; lake, river and watershed groups; environmental organizations; volunteer monitors; municipal board and staff members; elected officials; planners and policy makers.
CLICK HERE for more info
Saturday, March 22nd
Winter Farmers Market 
10:00am-2:00pm
Wentworth Greenhouses, Rollisford, NH
Join Seacoast Eat Local for their 7th annual winter farmers market season. Eat local and support our neighborhood farmers all year long.

For more info, directions and details on the deliciousness 

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 25th & 26th 

NOAA Coastal Services Center Training: Managing Visitor Use in Protected Areas
All Day
Wells Reserve, Wells, ME
Resource managers, land trust stewards, and planners are invited to attend this two-day NOAA Coastal Services Center-led course to learn how to better understand, monitor, and manage visitor use to maintain quality resource conditions and visitor experiences. During this program, you will obtain the knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and define unacceptable visitor use impacts and to apply strategies and tactics that can be used to address them.
CLICK HERE for more info

Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

Wednesday, April 9th
Seacoast Science Cafe: Rain, Roofs & Roads: Hydro-Logical Thinking for a Clean Water Future
Doors at 5pm, Program 6pm-8pm
Portsmouth Brewery, Market Street, Portsmouth
Join Alison Watts from UNH and Jamie Houle from the UNH Stormwater Center to talk all things stormwater. Grab a pint of tasty beer and come armed with your questions to have a rich dialogue of the challenges and solutions communities and resident can and are taking to reduce stormwater pollution.
CLICK HERE for more info
FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

April 10th
2014 Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit III 

8:30am-3:30pm
Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Depot Rd., Greenland, NH

Click hereto register online for the Climate Summit.
For more info contact Steve Miller (603-294-0146) at GBNERR.

April 29-30th

25th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
Newport Harbor Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management will host this valuable conference, it is the premier forum in the Northeast for sharing information and improving communication on NPS issues and projects. The conference brings together all those in New England and New York State involved in NPS management, including participants from state, federal, and municipal governments, the private sector, academia, and watershed organizations.  This year’s conference will be the 25th annual iteration of the event and will highlight some unique retrospective content about NPS management.
CLICK HERE for more info
 
 

May 19-20th
LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference
Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference on May 19-21, 2014, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The conference will focus on local solutions that communities can employ to prepare for the present and changing climate, including extreme weather events such as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Sandy.

All public and private stakeholders are invited to join us at the Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference to learn how to better prepare and adapt to current and future climate change impacts and ensure the success and resilience of our communities.
CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

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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