Feature Stories

Feature: PREP, Great Bay Municipal Coalition & State Partner to Monitor Eelgrass in Great Bay

August 7th, 2014 – Durham, NH: A new report released this week by PREP in partnership with the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the municipalities of Exeter, Newmarket, Stratham, Durham, Dover, Rochester and Portsmouth provides high-resolution imagery and data on the extent of eelgrass in the Great Bay Estuary. This was the first time in the study of the Great Bay Estuary that communities, scientists, the US EPA and the state environmental regulatory

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2014 King Tide Photo Contest

Thursday, October 9th is KING TIDE DAY! Help us CAPTURE A KING! King Tide is an especially high tide that occurs when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon reinforce one another. This extra-high tide happens twice a year at the times when the moon is closest to the earth. The next king tide in the Seacoast will occur on October 9th, 2014. To learn more about tides and the forces that affect them,

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Shots from the ‘Shed – September 2014

Photos from around the watershed from our readers  Local Portsmouth photographer Kristin Burchsted captured the tall ship schooner Mystic last month when it visited the Prescott Park Fish Pier. Visit Kristin’s photography site she’s awesome! If you have a great photo from your adventures in the estuaries please send it to us so we can share it as our Shot from the ‘Shed! We love to see folks enjoying this amazing place we call home!

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September 2014: Clean Water Community Calendar

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  Public Sails Throughout the Fall  Gundalow Docks, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH  There’s not a lot better than getting out on the water in the cooler fall weather. Our friends at the Gundalow Company are continuing

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September 2014: Watershed Watch

Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans By: US EPA Climate Ready Estuaries Program A newly published resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments anddeveloping adaptation action plans. Theworkbook helps users to identify, analyze and prioritize climate change risks. In developing an action plan, it guides users to address their most pressing risks and find appropriate responses. CLICK

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2014 Land Transaction Grant Recipients Announced

The important work of land protection is not done alone and it certainly is not done without the willingness of land owners. The land protection transaction grant program aims at providing vital support for the costs associated with conserving land.  For many organizations, raising these funds can often be a barrier to successfully completing a conservation project. In early May PREP and the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) jointly issued an RFP for $53,000 in

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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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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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