Feature Stories

September 2017: Community Calendar

Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  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

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September 2017: Clean Water Champion

PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed.  This month PREP is welcoming our new intern, Trevor Mattera to the team. Trevor will be working on a number of projects with PREP over the next year including the State of Our Estuaries report and conference, the Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan update, the Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment, and many more. What better

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September 2017: Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative Success Safari

Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative at the Keay Brook Preserve in Berwick, Maine. It’s been eight years since the inception of the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative– a collaborative group of partners working to improve watershed planning and management in the Salmon Falls River watershed. The Salmon Falls watershed is one of a handful of subwatersheds that make up the Piscataqua Region watershed. Encompassing ten communities in New Hampshire and eight communities in Maine, the entire watershed is

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August 2017: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. When Rising Seas Hit Home By Union of Concerned Scientists A National Assessment produced by the Union of Concern Scientists identifies when US coastal communities will face a level of disruptive flooding that affects people’s homes, routines, and livelihoods. The assessment highlights what is at stake as we fight to address

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August 2017: Land Transaction Grant RFP

Adams Point at Sunset The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation are offering matching grants to assist with land transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed (coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine). Qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations and units of government may apply. The total amount available for the Fall 2017 grant round is $38,000.

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August 2017: Reflection from a Fellow: Two Years of Social Science in the Seacoast

By Simone Barley-Greenfield Touring Berry Brook I can still taste my first bite of the fish tacos at Lexie’s as if it was only yesterday that I sat on the faded picnic tables at Great Bay Marine, looking out over an unfamiliar water body and wondering what the next two years would bring.  Having said goodbye to the coastal cultures of California and the Pacific Northwest, I had no idea if this newfound place, the

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July 2017: Moose Plate Grant Announcement

The NH State Conservation Committee (SCC) announced the availability of the 2018 Conservation “Moose Plate” Grant application. Funds are available for projects that support and promote programs and partnerships that protect, restore, and enhance the state’s valuable resources. Eligible applicants include: Municipalities County Conservation Districts Qualified Non-Profit Organizations engaged in conservation programs Public and private schools (K-12) County Cooperative Extension natural resource programs and Scout groups Grant applications are due September 15, 2017. Awards will be

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July 2017: Watershed Watch

NHANRS Scientific Buffer Report By NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists Legislative Committee March (2015) the NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) formed a Legislative Committee to investigate the scientific basis for establishing protective buffers to jurisdictional wetlands in New Hampshire. The effort was to provide the science for use in future discussions regarding the need to advance wetland protection. The findings and recommendations from the Legislative Committee are provided in the NHANRS Scientific

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July 2017: Snapshots from the 2017 Field Season

Water Quality Monitoring Lab at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Summer has arrived and that means the arrival of the field research season for our research partners and citizen scientists. In some cases, PREP funds data collection and monitoring activities; however, data for many of the 23 indicators in the State of Our Estuaries report are provided by partner organizations. Our partners are our eyes and ears on the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries. But what

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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 Meetings The recent Technical Advisory Committee meetings ,May 9th and 10th, focused on thinking broadly

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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.