Clean Water Community Calendar: February 2014

The Clean Water Community Calendar 

As the Community for Clean Water, one of PREP’s goals is to keep you informed on the latest outings, conferences, workshops and FUN happening around our watershed so that you, your family, friends & neighbors can get involved!
Below is our run-down for February. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!
Saturday, February 1st
Trek across York Pond with GWRLT 
ROW from York Pond Drive, York

Join Great Works Regional Land Trust, ice conditions permitting, hikers will set out across the pond for a different view of this unique and remarkably pristine area.  Great Works has been working in the York Pond area for more than 20 years and has protected nearly 600 acres.Email or call 207-646-3604 to reserve a spot.

CLICK HERE for more info.

Monday, February 3rd
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways Dinner & Auction


The Inn on Main, Wolfeboro

Come and celebrate the MMRG’s becoming a land trust! Cocktail Hour, silent auction, short business meeting, awards and 3-course dinner and performance by “Creek Man” Gary Sredzienski.

$29 per person. Reservations Required. Call Virginia at 603-473-2020 or email
Click here for more info.
Saturday, February 8th
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

Snowshoe Orris Falls with GWRLT

Orris Falls Conservation Area, Thurrell Rd., South Berwick
When frozen solid, hikers are treated to open views that can’t be had the rest of the year. Expect to visit Big Bump, Orris Falls, and Baker’s Oven – some of the “Wonders of Tatnic.” As time and interest allow, the excursion may extend to Balancing Rock and Tatnic Ledges. Board president Tin Smith of Wells will lead.
Call 207-646-3604 or email to reserve your spot.
CLICK HERE for more info.


Wednesday, February 12th
Coastal Research Volunteers Monthly Meeting
NH Sea Grant Offices, 122 Mast Road, Lee, NH

Jessica Carloni (NH Fish and Game) will report on the results of the CRV’s 2013 eel monitoring project. There will be a Volunteer Appreciation Potluck!
Please RSVP by February 5th CLICK HERE. Friends and family are welcome too.
Saturday, February 15th
Beaver Dam Heath Hike with Great Works Regional Land Trust 
Meet at Grant’s Meadow on Diamond Hill Rd, Berwick, ME

Beaver Dam Heath, an important wetland area in Berwick bounded by Rte. 9, Diamond Hill Road, and Old Sanford Road, is one of those places which is inaccessible in warmer months. There is a magic about this isolated, sunken area where the outside world dares not intrude. Explore the frozen beauty of this rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp and learn more about the natural history of this unique and biologically significant region. Michael Wright from GWRLT will lead the hike.

Call 207-646-3604 or email to register
For more info CLICK HERE.

 Valentine’s Family Moonlight Snowshoe
Mount A Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME

Join the Center for Wildlife (CFW) and the Friends of Mount A for an evening of moonlight adventure!  Start in the Learning Lodge to learn about the wildlife of the night with CFW educators and wildlife ambassadors. Following the program, our educators and Mount A staff will lead you on a hike through the woods to see who we hear in the night. We’ll also teach a couple of owl calls and keep an eye out for wildlife tracks!
Space is limited. Email Emily to reserve your spot.

Thursday, February 20th
3rd Annual Winter Wildlife Day
Wells Reserve, Wells, ME

Join the Wells Reserve, Center for Wildlife and York County Audubon to celebrate the wildlife of southern Maine. There will be lots of family fun with live animal presentations, guided walks, and crafts. Snow or no snow, explore the trails and treasures of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. If the ground is white bring skis, sleds, and snowshoes.
Event is free & open to all! CLICK HERE for more info.
Saturday, February 22nd
Winter Farmers Market 
Rolling Gre
Wentworth Greenhouses, Rollisford, 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

Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

March 8th
Great Works Regional Land Trust Spring Dinner & Auction
Spring Hill, Pond Rd., South Berwick
Silent auction, appetizers, dinner, entertainment and live auction all to benefit land protection in southern Maine.
CLICK HERE for more info
March 11th & 12th

Water Words that Work & More than A Message Training
Wells Reserve, Wells, ME (3/11)
Hugh Gregg Center at GBNERRR, Depot Rd., Greenland, NH (3/12)

A 2-day boot camp for anyone doing outreach, education and messaging on water issues that’s not be missed. Eric Eckl’s training will revamp your message and make it even better!
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
March 25th & 26th 
NOAA Coastal Services Center Training: Managing Visitor Use in Protected Areas
All Day
Wells Reserve, Wells, ME
Resource managers, land trust stewards, and planners are invited to attend this two-day NOAA Coastal Services Center-led course to learn how to better understand, monitor, and manage visitor use to maintain quality resource conditions and visitor experiences. During this program, you will obtain the knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and define unacceptable visitor use impacts and to apply strategies and tactics that can be used to address them.
CLICK HERE for more info
April 10th 
2014 Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit III 
Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Depot Rd., Greenland, NH
CLICK HERE for more info or contact Steve Miller at GBNERR.
April 29-30th
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 25th annual iteration of the event and will highlight some unique retrospective content about NPS management.
CLICK HERE for more info
May 19-20th
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.