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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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June 2017: Celebrating Retirement

This summer our region celebrates three outstanding individuals as they prepare for retirement. We cannot thank each one of you enough for your dedication to protect natural resources, work with communities and legislators, and research our environment. We will be a little less whole with your retirements, but we wish you all well in your next endeavors! Don’t be strangers. Cliff Sinnott, Executive Director,  Rockingham Planning Commission Cliff Sinnott has been a planner at the Rockingham

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June 2017: Budget Update

Sunset at Adams Point On May 23, 2017 President Trump issued his federal fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” In that budget, the National Estuary Program (NEP) received $0 in funding.  This would be for a period to begin October 1, 2018 for PREP (16 months from now).  Also receiving $0 are the Coastal Zone Management Program (NH Coastal Program), The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NH’s Great Bay NERR),

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May 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!  Bird’s eye view of the Piscataqua River SAVE THE DATE NH Department of Environmental Services 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference Thursday, May 18, 2017 Grappone Conference Center Concord, NH Hear presentations about PFCs and other emerging contaminants, land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection, status of drought

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May 2017: Land Conservation Transaction Grant Awards

Southeast Land Trust (SELT) Bodwell Farm The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) has announced the grant awards for the Spring 2017 Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. A total of $53,120 in grant funding will support conservation work on over 1,000 acres of land. The Land Protection Transaction Grant program assists with the cost for permanent land protection projects (donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements) within the coastal watershed including coastal New Hampshire and part

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May 2017: Updates from Capitol Hill

Representative Posey providing opening remarks at the Estuary Caucus briefing. Greetings Friends and Colleagues: Each month when we issue this newsletter, it is with the goal of sharing news but also to celebrate the good work being done throughout our watershed by so many partners. We like to think of it as our own version of the GoodNewsNetwork. This month, we have some very good news to share about the FFY17 funding outcome that extends

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April 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!  SAVE THE DATE NH Department of Environmental Services 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference Thursday, May 18, 2017 Grappone Conference Center Concord, NH Hear presentations about PFCs and other emerging contaminants, land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection, status of drought and efforts to manage its impacts, and

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April 2017: Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist

The purpose of TAC Updates and “Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist” is to summarize information (facts and data) from meetings and to articulate other questions, concepts, and connections that the TAC is considering. The information is intended only to help advance TAC discussions and is NOT intended to be used by an individual or group as final or conclusive statements. All information presented through this TAC page during the State of Our Estuaries report development

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Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative

PREP is excited to announce that the 2017 field season monitoring budget is growing thanks to contributions from seven communities to the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative totaling more than $120,000! What is the PRMC? The Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative (PRMC) is uniting partners working on water quality research and monitoring in our estuaries around a vision for expanded data collection, analysis, and access. Goals of the PRMC include: continuing to build a comprehensive understanding of our

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March 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!  CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE BES WEBSITE March Management Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 14 at the Portsmouth Public Library 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 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

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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.

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