August 2015 Feature: PREP’s Staff is Growing!

PREP Welcomes a New Technical Assistance Program Manager!

Rachel and Abby on the PREP Staff Great Bay tour in July. 
Greetings Friends and Colleagues:
It is my pleasure to share some excellent news with you all:  as of this week, Abby Gronberg has joined the PREP staff as a Technical Assistance Program Manager.
Abby is a UNH graduate who recently earned her MS in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management. We came to know Abby when we hired her to work with us as a TIDES intern through UNH.  Over the course of many months her skills, abilities and enthusiasm for our work was made clear through her contributions to the development of the PREPA report and rollout process.  She has become so valuable to all of us over these past several months, and so enjoyable to work with, that we couldn’t envision her leaving!  
In her role at PREP Abby will be managing the PREPA grant projects with 11 different communities, providing municipal technical assistance to improve local regulations and decision making, supporting the social indicator development project, and supporting other PREP priority projects including our next State of Our Estuaries Report and conference (planned for December 2017 – save the date!).  Abby will be working with regional collaborative groups like the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) and the Natural Resource Outreach Coalition (NROC) and will be the go-to for municipal data requests and outreach. Abby also loves interacting with students so she is available for outreach to schools and education programs.
We welcome Abby as part of our team, and look forward to introducing her to you in the coming weeks!

To learn a bit more about Abby read our Clean Water Champion feature from July 2014. 
Regards,
Rachel Rouillard
PREP Director
To connect Abby you can email her at Abigail.Gronberg@unh.edu or give Jill a call 603-862-0724 (we’re still getting her direct line established.) 

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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