Monthly archive for June 2016

Rye & Hampton Dive into CRS

By Julie LaBranche, Rockingham Planning Commission Since the fall of 2015, the Towns of Rye and Hampton have been busy preparing applications to the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) program. Both projects are supported by funding from the PREPA Grants Program from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP). The CRS program is a voluntary effort undertaken by municipalities to reduce impacts and costs associated with recovery from flood events, including storm surge and projected sea level rise. FEMA

Read more

Clean Water Community Calendar: June 2016

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 Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young & Old Go Sailing Aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua Ongoing events Click Here for the Sailing Schedule This Saturday, June 4th Celebrate National Trails Day with SELT

Read more

Partner Focus: Bear-Paw Regional Greenways

Bear-Paw Regional Greenways held a Growing the Greenways fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, 2016 which proved to be a resounding success. The Breakfast in the Barn! event was held in the Kitz Barn in Strafford which was built at the Taylor Egg Farm in Madbury in 1837-38. The Kitz family disassembled the barn in 2004 and carefully coded each piece before moving the barn to Strafford. Approximately 100 people attended the fundraiser. The goal was

Read more

June 2016: Funding Opportunity

NOTICE FOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR COASTAL RESILIENCE Request for Proposals The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program has targeted funds available for projects that enhance coastal resilience to current and future hazards. Each year, coastal communities in New Hampshire experience flooding and coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, natural resources, and cultural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. These impacts are already—and are projected to continue— intensifying and expanding with

Read more

June 2016 Clean Water Champion: Rayann Dionne

This month we’re happy to introduce you to another new PREP Management Committee member and awesome champion for clean water in the Hampton-Seabrook estuary! Rayann Dionne is the Conservation Coordinator for the Town of Hampton and has been an active member of the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuaries Alliance. Rayann brings an infectious energy and a true pride of mission to her work on protecting and preserving the Hampton-Seabrook estuary. We are so proud to have her join our Management

Read more

June 2016: Watershed Watch

New Report: National Wetland Condition Assessment Report By US EPA The National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA) is a collaborative survey of our Nation’s wetlands. The NWCA examines the chemical, physical and biological integrity of wetlands through a set of commonly used and widely accepted indicators. Explore the report & data HERE. Summit Proceedings: 5th  NH Annual Climate Summit On May 13th the Great Bay Discovery Center hosted the 5th Annual Climate Summit. NHCAW has uploaded all

Read more

Seven Communities Ante Up for More Science in 2016

 By Kalle Matso, PREP’s Coastal Science Program Manager The 2016 field season for Great Bay Estuary science and monitoring just got a $90,000 boost, thanks to the contributions of seven communities in the Great Bay Watershed. Because of the donations of these communities, a lot of critical information will be collected and analyzed that would not have occurred otherwise. Plus, these contributions also create the opportunity to bring in external peer review, to help guide

Read more

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.