Clean Water Community Calendar: December 2013

There’s always ways to get engaged around the watershed – Below is our run-down for December, 2013.
Saturday, December 7th
York Pond/Rocky Hills Hike with GWRLT 
11:00am – 2:00pm
Old Punkintown Rd., South Berwick, ME

Join Great Works Regional Land Trust board member Jack Kareckas to do some winter botanizing and get more of a view without leaves on the trees. Bring a snack and explore the woods!

Meet in the upper parking area behind Brixham Danceworks off Rte. 236.

Email or call 207-251-9015 to reserve a spot.

CLICK HERE for more info.

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation Holiday Sale & Open House
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, NH

Stop by and join the BOS for holiday shopping and cheer. 
Winter Farmer’s Market 
10:00am – 2:00pm
Wentworth Greenhouses, Rollinsford, NH
Join Seacoast Eat Local for their 7th annual winter farmers market season. Eat local and support our neighborhood farmers all year long.
For more info, directions and details on the deliciousness
Monday, December 9th
Climate Change Decision Role Play Event
Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland, NH
Join the GBNERR, MIT’s Science Impact Collaborative, the Consensus Building Institute and the City of Dover to test an innovative way to help coastal communities understand and prepare for the potential impacts of climate change. The project partners invite all interested citizens, town leaders and decision makers to join them for a structured role-play simulation and a follow-up discussion about climate-related risks and ways to increase town’s resilience. Lunch will be provided.
There is NO COST to attend but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  
RSVP to Casey Stein via email or via online registration form
Questions –  visit the project website HERE or contact Steve Miller at GBNERR 603.294.0146
Interactive NH Citizen Input Workshop on Energy Projects in New Hampshire 
5:00-9:30pm Workshop
Newington Town Hall, Newington, NH
Weigh in on how the state could improve the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Process for the future. HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Space is limited to 150-200 people and you must pre-register
CLICK HERE for more info and to register.
Saturday, December 14th
Winter Farmers Market 
Exeter High School
Join Seacoast Eat Local for their 7th annual winter farmers market season. Eat local and support our neighborhood farmers all year long.

For more info, directions and details on the deliciousness

Monday, December 16th
Discussion Group: Ensuring the Health of Great Bay
Weeks Public Library, Greenland, NH

Join the Winnicut River Watershed Coalition for their Winter edition of their Conservation Accomplishments and Challenges Discussion Series with Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum. Learn about the essential work being done to ensure the health of the Great Bay. 
All Are Welcome!
January 17th, 22nd, & 29th, February 1st & 12th
Community Training in Ecological Design
Boscowan, NH & Concord, NH 
Hosted by UNH Cooperative Extension, Planning boards, energy committees, conservation commissions, agricultural commissions, landscape architects, town engineers, road agents & town maintenance crews all are encouraged to take part in this solution-based training on how to design infrastructure, landscaping and hardscaping to meet both human and ecological needs. Learn about permaculture through classroom training, field trips, case studies and more.
For more info and to register CLICK HERE.

Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

March 21st, 2014
NH Water and Watersheds Conference 
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
The NH Water and Watersheds Conference is designed to meet the information and networking needs of a broad audience. Participants include scientists; educators; consultants; students; lake, river and watershed groups; environmental organizations; volunteer monitors; municipal board and staff members; elected officials; planners and policy makers.
CLICK HERE for more info
April 29-30th, 2014
25th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
Newport Harbor Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management will host this valuable conference, it is the premier forum in the Northeast for sharing information and improving communication on NPS issues and projects. The conference brings together all those in New England and New York State involved in NPS management, including participants from state, federal, and municipal governments, the private sector, academia, and watershed organizations.  This year’s conference will be the 25thannual iteration of the event and will highlight some unique retrospective content about NPS management.
CLICK HERE for more info

May 19-20th, 2014
LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference
Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference on May 19-21, 2014, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The conference will focus on local solutions that communities can employ to prepare for the present and changing climate, including extreme weather events such as Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Sandy.

All public and private stakeholders are invited to join us at the Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference to learn how to better prepare and adapt to current and future climate change impacts and ensure the success and resilience of our communities.
CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

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.