Clean Water Community Calendar: July 2014

Below is our run-down for July – it sure is busy! If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!
Volunteer  & Citizen Science Opportunities
Region Wide!
The Stewardship Network Online Hub
Counting baby oysters, pulling garlic mustard, and more!  Get involved in protecting & preserving this fantastic place we call home!


Special Sails on the Gundalow 
Wednesday Evenings All Summer Long
Gundalow Docks, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH 
In partnership with Portsmouth Science Cafe and Portsmouth Brewery, these sails are a part of the Gundalow’s Contemporary Coastal Issues series, which feature guest speakers (including PREP’s Director, Rachel Rouillard on August 13th) from around the region focusing on maritimeissues. Interesting and informative, a great way to spend a Wednesday evening. Click here for schedule of Speaker Sails! All attendees receive a $5 “Science Bucks” coupon for Portsmouth Brewery. Click here to purchase tickets.  Special low price thanks to the support of the New Hampshire Coastal Program and RBC Wealth Management.
Adults – $15


Explore Great Bay at the Great Bay Discovery Center
Workshops, paddles, events & more for ages 2-92
Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland, NH
All Summer Long

Get knee deep in the mud flats of Great Bay exploring eels, dissect oysters, take a kayak tour with a naturalist or lend a hand volunteering around the grounds. There are fantastic events for everyone! Click Here to Explore the Calendar!



Soak up the Rain Great Bay Kick Off


Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland, NH


Come join the Great Bay Stewards and NHDES as the kickoff an exciting new project – Soak up the Rain Great Bay! Stormwater runoff from private homes is a large source of nitrogen pollution to the estuary and the Soak Up the Rain Great Bay

program can help to reduce it.  The Stewards will reach out toprivate landowners and small businesses in the 1,023 square-mile Great Bay watershed, trained staff from the Stewards will respond to requests from homeowners and businesses to visit properties and recommend ways to reduce stormwater pollution.
Some properties may be ideal candidates to use rain barrels, build rain gardens or install other practices to absorb stormwater and literally soak up the rain.  The Stewards and NHDES are able to provide design details, coordinate the installation, and share in the cost.
Join in kicking off this exciting new program! Saturday’s event

will include information on everything from rain garden friendly plants to recommendations on good housekeeping practices, such as testing soils to know much lawn fertilizer to use.  The program will conclude with a visit to recently installed rain garden.
If you’re a homeowner interested in taking part in the Soak Up The Rain Great Bay Program contact The Great Bay Stewards, Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH 03840
For more info on the statewide Soak Up the Rain Program
Wednesday, July 9th
River & Lake Monitor Training with AWWA 
Acton-Wakefield Watersheds Alliance
River volunteers work with AWWA to determine the quality of local waters through the use of field probes. No experience or lab skills are needed; these are simple devices designed for use by volunteer monitors in less than 1 hour every other week. If you can lower a string in a bucket, you can play a crucial role in tracking the quality of our local water bodies.
For more information or to sign up, contact AWWA at
(603) 473-2500 or, July 10th 
Invasive Plants Workshop with MMRG
Old Farmington Town Hall, 531 Main St., Farmington
Join Moose Mountain Regional Greenways as they welcome Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator for the NH Department of Agriculture, to present important updates on the varieties of invasive plants in New Hampshire and eradication techniques to help preserve native habitats. FREE. Co-sponsored by the Farmington Conservation Commission.
Preregistration helpful but not required. Call Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email
Saturday, July 12th 
Adventures in Nature Series: Aerial Bug Squad 
York Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, Maine
Join Center for Wildlife educators to learn all about bats – these amazing flying mammals, their struggle with White-Nose Syndrome

, and what you can do to help. Following the presentation, you are welcome to stay for a bat box building workshop to help provide new habitats for your backyard.
Sunday, July 13th  
Firefly Flirting 101 with GWRLT 
Savage Wildlife Preserve 15 Dover-Eliot Road, South Berwick/Eliot Line, Maine
Bring a headlamp or flashlight, some bug spray and your eyes to explore the Savage Wildlife Preserve with the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Learn about the unique signals firefly species use to attract to mates.
Thursday, July 24th 
Lawn seating opens at 5:30; Music & Activities 6:00pm-8:00pm
Kittery Trading Post’s Lawn, 301 Route 1, Kittery, Maine

to kick off our Summer Clean Water Music Series! This concert will have a kids’ theme but will be fun for the whole family. Jeremy Lyons will bring his top-notch New Orleans Delta-Silly music to the lawn! Roots, Blues, Jazz for kids and the whole family – great for some barefoot dancing! Jeremy is a transplant for New Orleans and his talent is as good as anything you’ll find in the French Quarter but he’s here in Kittery – such a treat!
Check out his music on his YouTube channel or his Website
There’ll be raffles, lottery items, pony rides, ice cream, face painting and more! Join us for some fun on the lawn all to raise funds for Kittery’s Clean Water!

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.