Our two largest estuaries – The Great Bay Estuary and Hampton Seabrook Harbor – help define who we are as a region. Whether it’s swimming in one of the many rivers of the estuary, going on a bird watch, or simply dining at one of our many local restaurants, these waters provide a profound sense of place for the tens of thousands who live and visit our region every year. Our economy – from our fishermen, to recreation, to the many businesses that call our region home – relies heavily upon a vibrant and healthy estuary system. For those of us who live, work and play in the waters of the estuary, it is imperative that we monitor study, report and educate ourselves on the challenges facing the estuary. And, we also need to identify solutions to the challenges we face that each of us can undertake – from policymakers to businesses to citizens – to keep our estuaries in balance.
As part of both the 2010 Piscataqua Region Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and the 2013 State of Our Estuaries Report we have identified the Critical and Emerging Issues facing our region.
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