Feature Stories

PREP Welcomes 6 New Management Committee Members

December 1, 2016 At next Tuesday’s quarterly PREP Management Committee Meeting PREP is excited to welcome six new members to our esteemed Management Committee. As PREP goes into 2017 the Management Committee will play an integral role in the development and roll-out of the 2018 State of Our Estuaries Report, Conference and Website. They will also help to champion PREP’s work in establishing a monitoring collaborative, as well as continue the important work of guiding

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2015-2016 PREPA Grant Program Final Reports

  The 2015 PREPA Grant Program projects closed October 1, 2016. For the eleven grant projects $75,864.14 money was allocated (projects ranging from just over $4,700 up to $10,000) and $96,059.37 have been leveraged as match (non-federal cash and in-kind). Projects resulted in the following products and outcomes: Wetland evaluation conducted for one community and assistance for designating a salt marsh as prime wetland in one community (note—the prime wetlands designation process is still underway and is expected to

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November 2016 Clean Water Champion: Emily Lord

November 2016 Clean Water Champion: Emily Lord

This month’s Clean Water Champion is most definitely a champion and a super talented photographer and energetic steward of lands and waters! Emily Lord is the Stewardship Outreach Coordinator with UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) and is a team member of UNHCE’s the Stewardship Network: New England initiative to mobilize volunteers to care for and study New Hampshire’s land and waters. Prior to joining UNHCE in late 2015, Emily was the Education Director for the NH Association

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November 2016: Watershed Watch

November 2016: Watershed Watch

2016 King Tide Coverage & Photos  By WMUR In October the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup hosted a wildly successful King Tide Photo Contest. TONIGHT at the film screening we’ll announce the winners & showcase all the submissions! And check out the great story airedon WMUR featuring PREP Management Committee members Rayanne Dionne and Jay Diener from Hampton. The contest received 135 photo entries, 10 of the photos will be on display at White Heron Tea

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Drink Wine – Help Restore Oysters!

Drink Wine - Help Restore Oysters!

L to R: Ellie Baker (formally of TNC); Amanda Moeser (TNC); Simone Barley-Greenfield (NHDES /PREP ); Berlin Crystal Kelly & Brian Thurber (Proud Pour), on the docks at Adam’s Point during a site visit in August. Photo by Jill Farrell from PREP. Wine drinkers rejoice – now while you sip on a lovely Sauvignon Blanc you’ll be helping to restore oysters to Great Bay. We’re really excited to announce the launch of a new partnership that will

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National Estuaries Week 2016

In late September, people all around the country celebrate National Estuaries Week. Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook are New Hampshire’s estuaries – economically and ecologically valuable and unique places where fresh river water and salt water from the ocean come together. Since you live in the seacoast region, you may have celebrated National Estuaries Week without even knowing it. If you ate an oyster or had fish for dinner or went boating on any of the

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Clean Water Champion: Ted Hartmann

As our continuing coverage of the Great Bay Clean Up we’re thrilled to feature Ted Hartmann, founding member of the fantastic Great Bay Gunners, a social hunting and outdoors club, who helped to clean 1,500 pounds of trash off Great Bay’s shores! Ted’s pride for his home shores and for protecting his fun is incredibly inspiring, he is a true steward in the purest sense of the word. Ted is a native of Greenland, NH and

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The Great Bay Clean Up Continues: 2,400 Pounds of Debris Cleaned Up!

A Photo Story by Jill Farrell with photos by The Stewardship Network New England, Emily Lord Volunteers along the shorelines of the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge   In our July issue of Downstream we shared the story of the Great Bay Debris Mapping and Spring Clean Up event. We felt proud of the 367 pounds of trash we gathered that day but also knew that more was out there and more was arriving with each tide, every single day.

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Clean Water Champion: David Green

Building off our FEATURE STORY this month on Rochester’s Wastewater Treatment Plant achievements we’re so happy to feature David Green, chief plant operator. It’s been under David’s strong leadership along with his fantastic staff that Rochester has been able to achieve the advancements they have. David has worked for the City of Rochester in their Public Works department for 28 years and was born and raised in Rochester. He has an infectious pride for his

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September 2016: Watershed Watch

Carsey School New Research Water Concerns Unite Citizen Activists: A Community Rights Movement Transcends Party, Age & Gender By UNH Carsey School of Public Policy This study focuses on an instance of sustained local activism in which citizens in three New Hampshire communities mobilized to protect community groundwater against threats from commercial use. A key finding – Unlike other natural resource and environmental issues, threats to community water precipitate a high level of concern and activism,

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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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