Science & Research

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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April 2017: Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist

The purpose of TAC Updates and “Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist” is to summarize information (facts and data) from meetings and to articulate other questions, concepts, and connections that the TAC is considering. The information is intended only to help advance TAC discussions and is NOT intended to be used by an individual or group as final or conclusive statements. All information presented through this TAC page during the State of Our Estuaries report development

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April 2017: Watershed Watch

Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative  By PREP First started in 2013, PREP continues to work with municipalities to build financial support for water quality and biological monitoring. The following publication provides additional detail for the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative (PRMC). Learn more about the PRMC & download the document HERE. March 2017: Regional Climate Impacts & Outlooks By NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information Much of the contiguous United States just experienced one of the warmest

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Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative

PREP is excited to announce that the 2017 field season monitoring budget is growing thanks to contributions from seven communities to the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative totaling more than $120,000! What is the PRMC? The Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative (PRMC) is uniting partners working on water quality research and monitoring in our estuaries around a vision for expanded data collection, analysis, and access. Goals of the PRMC include: continuing to build a comprehensive understanding of our

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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.