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Clean Water Community Calendar: July 2014

Clean Water Community Calendar: July 2014

Below is our run-down for July – it sure is busy! If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!   Volunteer  & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Counting baby oysters, pulling garlic mustard, and more!  Get involved in protecting & preserving this fantastic place we call home!   Special Sails on the Gundalow 

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New GIS Tool Models Stormwater Flows in Portsmouth

New GIS Tool Models Stormwater Flows in Portsmouth

  Pamela Ordung, a recent Penn State graduate and GIS technician for Tighe & Bond an engineering and environmental consulting firm with offices in Portsmouth, has developed an innovative geographic information system (GIS)-based tool to model stormwater flows into the Hodgson Brook in Portsmouth. The modeling tool promises a huge leap forward for managing stormwater in the watershed.   The Hodgson Brook is impaired, meaning levels of certain pollutants like metals, nutrients and organic chemicals are too

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2014 Clean Water Music Series

2014 Clean Water Music Series

This summer PREP has partnered up with Kittery Trading Post and Spruce Creek Association to raise money for ongoing water quality monitoring in Spruce Creek, Kittery. We’ve got some awesome, world-class musicians on board, a fantastic array of raffle items and big ticket lottery items like a stand-up paddleboard, Kayak and Camping Set up. Plus pony rides, and fire trucks and sun, fun and ice cream! What’s not to love! Join us and you may end up with a sweet

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2014 Land Transaction Grant Program RFP

  The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) and Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) 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 area (coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine). Qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government  may apply for a grant.  The total amount available for 2014 grants is $53,000. RFP

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Watershed Watch: April 2014

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.   Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present & Future By: Climate Solutions New England & UNH Sustainability Institute Released today, there are 2 very important reports detailing the expected changes

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People: What are they Thinking?!

Studying people – now that’s a big job! Back in September PREP partnered with Assistant Professor Shannon Rogers at Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment and the researchers at NH EPSCoR to answer the curious and important topic of people and their attitudes, feelings and perceptions about water resources. The people we studied are not some strange foreign population but our own neighbors, friends and relatives here in the Seacoast and the state of NH – maybe

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Partner Focus: NH Climate Adaptation Workgroup

PREP is proud to join our partners from multiple organizations as part of the New Hampshire Climate Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW). NHCAW has a busy spring ahead so we thought it’d be a great time for you to check in and see what they’re up to.  First up is the fantastic NHCAW Blog. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. The blog is the go-to spot to find out the latest happenings, research and stories

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Signs of the Season Can Provide Important Climate Change Data

Signs of the Season Can Provide Important Climate Change Data

By Rebecca Zeiber, originally published by NH Sea Grant Citizen scientists in southeastern N.H. are documenting small-scale impacts of climate change in their backyards and neighborhoods. Equipped with pencils and data sheets or simply an app on their mobile device, these volunteers will meticulously record the dates of seemingly innocuous events: What date the tree buds open up, when chipmunks begin scurrying through the yard, and when blackbirds begin nesting in nearby marshes. The volunteers,

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Clean Water Champion: Chris Keeley

PREP’s Clean Water Champion Chris Keeley – UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Sea Grant & Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve   PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed. This month we caught up with Chris Keeley who works with both UNH Cooperative Extension and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Chris’ current projects range from climate adaptation planning with Exeter, to green infrastructure projects with the

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Watershed Watch: February 2014

Watershed Watch  Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.   Regional Clean Water Guidelines for Fertilization of Urban Turf: Final Report   By: NEIWPCC Over the past few months, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) has worked with

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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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