Watershed Watch

October 2016: Watershed Watch

Gulf of Maine Climate Impacts & Outlook: July – Autumn 2016 By Gulf of Maine Council & NOAA The Gulf of Maine region experienced hot and dry conditions this summer, with coastal portions of Massachusetts and New Hampshire reaching “extreme drought” status by late summer. The newly released Climate Impacts & Outlook report looks back at the summer’s trends and record setting heat as well as forecasts expected conditions for Autumn into early winter, 2016.

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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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August 2016: Watershed Watch

Current Report & Forecast Drought Impacts & Outlook for the Northeast Region, July 2016 By NOAA NOAA Regional Climate Services, in collaboration with the Northeast and Southeast Regional Climate Centers, the National Weather Service offices in MA and NY, the NOAA/National Center for Environmental Information, the USDA Ag Hub, and the state climatologist from NH (phew!) released a short summary of the drought situation in the Northeast (New York to Maine). Read the summary HERE.

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July 2016: Watershed Watch

New Research Brief  Forests in Flux: The Effects of Demographic Change on Forest Cover in New England & New York By Carsey School of Public PolicyThe New England states and New York are more than 50 percent forested, a rate well above the national average. Economies in this heavily forested region have historically relied on forest-based industries, and human population has clustered along coastal regions and major waterways, though recent trends suggest widespread in-migration to

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June 2016: Watershed Watch

New Report: National Wetland Condition Assessment Report By US EPA The National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA) is a collaborative survey of our Nation’s wetlands. The NWCA examines the chemical, physical and biological integrity of wetlands through a set of commonly used and widely accepted indicators. Explore the report & data HERE. Summit Proceedings: 5th  NH Annual Climate Summit On May 13th the Great Bay Discovery Center hosted the 5th Annual Climate Summit. NHCAW has uploaded all

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April 2016: Watershed Watch

New Report: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment  By US Global Change Research Program This report finds that “every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.” Drawing from decades of scientific advances regarding the impacts of climate change, the report strengthens our understanding of the significant threat that climate change poses to the health of all Americans. Explore the report HERE.      VIDEO:

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January 2016: 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. Here is the rundown for January, 2016 New Research Sheds Light on Mercury Pollution in Estuaries, Food Chain By: Dartmouth College Two studies by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues shed new light on mercury pollution in the waters of the northeastern United States, including Great Bay. In the first paper, the researchers

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October 2015 Watershed Watch

New EPA Report: Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty By: Rand Corporation for US EPA EPA and its state and local partners develop implementation plans designed to meet total maximum daily load (TMDL) water quality standards. Uncertainty regarding the impacts of climate change and other drivers may make it difficult for these plans to meet their goals. But the methods and processes used to develop implementation plans typically do not address uncertainty in

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August 2015: Watershed Watch

August 2015: Watershed Watch

Conference Materials Available! 4th Annual Climate Summit Materials and Resources Now Online.  By: Great Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveOn June 19th a full house crowded into the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about the latest in regional, national and global climate science. PREP staff presented the recent PREPA Climate Data. All of the conference materials, resources and participant list is now available online at NHCAW Blog.

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July 2015: Watershed Watch

July 2015: Watershed Watch

New Report Restore America’s Estuaries Impact Assessment By: Restore America’s EstuariesRestore America’s Estuaries recently released a new report “Impact Assessment: Federal Coastal Habitat Investments Support People, Fish, and Wildlife” which highlights the cascading positive impacts that coastal habitat restoration has on job creation, tourism, fisheries production, recreation, and human health. Positive impacts are summarized through a series of 9 case studies across the coast including: Liberty Bay Oyster Restoration, WA San Diego Bay Salt Marsh

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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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