Feature Stories

Get Out in the Field with the Coastal Research Volunteers

With the arrival of warmer weather is also the arrival of the field research season for our research partners and scientists and this year there is exciting opportunities for citizens to join in the work. A new program has been launched in the coastal watershed and is looking for active volunteers! The Coastal Research Volunteers (CRV) organized by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension’s Alyson Eberhardt is kicking off its 2013 field season with

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Southeast Watershed Alliance's Stormwater Standards

It’s widely understood that in areas with faster rates of development the spread of the impervious surface is increased. Impervious surfaces are areas that don’t let water infiltrate into the ground like parking lots and roofs. Because water can’t infiltrate it runs off and it picks up all the dirt, litter, oils and pollutants with it and this results in elevated levels of pollution into our waterways – this is stormwater pollution. Not only is

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New Castle's Fertilizer Education Efforts

New Castle's Fertilizer Education Efforts

The Town of New Castle has recently adopted a wonderful public education program called Lawns to Lobsters which is aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizers and pesticides running off of neighborhood lawns. The program is part of a larger effort by the New Castle Conservation Commission to curb water pollution into the Great Bay Estuary from the island community. Being an island community and sitting at the mouth of the estuary, the town of New

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The Smallest Streams Can Hold Big Surprises

The Smallest Streams Can Hold Big Surprises: Removing the Shorey’s Brook Dam Located on the town line between Eliot, and South Berwick, Maine, Shorey’s Brook is only about 4 miles long. As early as the 1630’s it has been dammed a few hundred feet upland from where it empties at the confluence of the Cocheco and Salmon Falls rivers (where they become the Piscataqua River). After the failing dam was removed in December of 2011,

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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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