Science & Research

December 2017: State of Our Estuaries

On Friday, December 8th we released our new 2018 State of Our Estuaries report: a comprehensive report card detailing the health of the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries using 23 environmental, management and social indicators. Our estuaries are valuable ecosystems that provide a multitude of economic services we rely on.  They help protect us from flooding and storm surges during storms; clean and filter pollutants from the water; salt marshes absorb and store more excess human-produced carbon than

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November 2017: State of Our Estuaries

2018 State of Our Estuaries It has been over 18 months since PREP started planning and gearing up for the 2018 State of Our Estuaries report, and we are now counting down the last 30 days until we release the report at the upcoming State of Our Estuaries conference on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center, Portsmouth, NH. The full day conference is the culmination of an incredible amount of work

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November 2017: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. SURVEY: Dover Climate Chapter Strafford Regional Planning Commission & University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Calling all Dover residents! The City of Dover is developing a new Master Plan Chapter focused on the impacts of climate change, and your input is needed! An online survey is available through November 10 for

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October 2017: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. Assessing the Effects of Rising Groundwater from Sea Level Rise on the Service Life of Pavements in Coastal Road Infrastructure University of New Hampshire: Jayne F. Knott, Mohamed Elshaer, Jo Sias Daniel, Jennifer M. Jacobs, and Paul Kirshen We know that coastal communities are vulnerable to the effects of sea-level rise

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October 2017: Great Bay Cleanup

Great Bay Cleanup 2017 Cleanup volunteers at the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington, NH. (Photo by Emily Lord) Continuing a Partnership In 2016, you may remember our Great Bay Debris Mapping and Spring Cleanup and our Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge fall cleanups with the Great Bay Gunners and volunteers. After a successful year, and knowing there would unfortunately be more trash arriving with each tide, we decided to continue partnering with The Stewardship Network: New

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September 2017: Technical Advisory Committee Update

The meeting notes from the May 9th and May 10th Technical Advisory Committee meetings are now available (HERE). There will be no TAC meeting until early 2018 due to the need for focus on developing the full Technical Report, which PREP will release along with the summary State of Our Estuaries (SOOE) Report on December 8th. PREP received an extensive amount of feedback as part of the review process for the SOOE that will be

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August 2017: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. When Rising Seas Hit Home By Union of Concerned Scientists A National Assessment produced by the Union of Concern Scientists identifies when US coastal communities will face a level of disruptive flooding that affects people’s homes, routines, and livelihoods. The assessment highlights what is at stake as we fight to address

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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  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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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.