Town Achievements

January 2018: Modernizing Exeter’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

If you have driven on Route 101 west from Hampton, you may have noticed some big changes happening at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility over the summer and fall. Responsible for properly treating wastewater before discharging into the Squamscott River – and ultimately the Great Bay Estuary – the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility is currently undergoing some major upgrades to continue reducing point sources of nitrogen and other nutrients and pollutants. Although nitrogen is an

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September 2017: Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative Success Safari

Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative at the Keay Brook Preserve in Berwick, Maine. It’s been eight years since the inception of the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative– a collaborative group of partners working to improve watershed planning and management in the Salmon Falls River watershed. The Salmon Falls watershed is one of a handful of subwatersheds that make up the Piscataqua Region watershed. Encompassing ten communities in New Hampshire and eight communities in Maine, the entire watershed is

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June 2017: Gulf of Maine Council Awards

You have already seen the short piece of the Gulf of Maine Council Awards for 2017 for the Town of Exeter, NH and Sally Soule, Coastal Watershed Supervisor at NHDES, however the full awards were announced last evening at the awards ceremony, and we at PREP would like to take this time to recognize the winners in our region. CLICK HERE for a full list of the 2017 Gulf of Maine Council award winners. Susan

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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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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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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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Rochester’s Treatment Plant & the Win-Win-Win that Results in Cleaner Water

By Kalle Matso, PREP Coastal Science Program Manager These are the stories that make people interested in collaboration. A food company in Greenville, NH needs to find a new place to dispose of acetic acid, left over from its mustard, vinegar and fruit juice production. A city that discharges cleaned up wastewater into the Cocheco River needs a carbon source to feed the microbes upon which its operations depend. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services,

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Salmon Falls Watershed Success Safari

Safari participants hear from Patti Connaughton-Burns from Moose Mountains Regional Greenways on Stop #3 of the Safari Bus Tour.   In 2009 PREP helped to form the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative to improve watershed planning and management — and to protect water supply sources — in the Salmon Falls River watershed. Shared by ten NH towns and  eight Maine towns, the Salmon Falls River watershed drains an area of 232.5 square miles. Headwaters for the river originate

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Rye & Hampton Dive into CRS

By Julie LaBranche, Rockingham Planning Commission Since the fall of 2015, the Towns of Rye and Hampton have been busy preparing applications to the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) program. Both projects are supported by funding from the PREPA Grants Program from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP). The CRS program is a voluntary effort undertaken by municipalities to reduce impacts and costs associated with recovery from flood events, including storm surge and projected sea level rise. FEMA

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Seven Communities Ante Up for More Science in 2016

 By Kalle Matso, PREP’s Coastal Science Program Manager The 2016 field season for Great Bay Estuary science and monitoring just got a $90,000 boost, thanks to the contributions of seven communities in the Great Bay Watershed. Because of the donations of these communities, a lot of critical information will be collected and analyzed that would not have occurred otherwise. Plus, these contributions also create the opportunity to bring in external peer review, to help guide

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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.