Feature Stories

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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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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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.