Clean Water Community Calendar: November 2013

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 rundown for November.
Saturday, November 2nd
Southeast Land Trust of NH 11th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH

Join SELTNH for their 11th annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Eat, Play, Give” which reflects the festive aspect of the night and also the spirit of SELTNH’s work. Attendees will enjoy the historic setting of the Discover Portsmouth Center in downtown Portsmouth and be invited to bid on more than 100 silent and live auction items. There’ll be live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts and complimentary beer and wine.

CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase tickets.
NH Surfrider Final Beach Clean-up of the 2013 Season
Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
Before the snow settles on the sand there’s one last chance to clean up the beach. Join Surfrider and Summer Sessions Surf Shop to help get the beach clean.
Bring your own reusable gloves if possible, Meet at 3pm at Jenness Beach.
Sunday, November 3rd
Farm Tour with Great Works Regional Land Trust

10:00am – 1:00pm

Tin & Jane Smith’s Farm, 62 Tufts Road, Wells

Your land can produce food, fuel, and timber and there can be enjoyment and satisfaction in providing it. Join an informal walk and discussion of Tin and Jane’s farm in the Tatnic region of South Berwick and Wells. They built their home and use a combination of leased and owned properties to grow vegetables, poultry, apples, hay, pasture, firewood, and lumber for personal use and to share. Draft horses and a tractor but mostly humans provide the power. No property is perfect but each has its special qualities.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Contact GWRLT for more info (207) 646-3604
Wednesday, November 6th
“Tides to Storms” Kickoff Meeting
5:45pm – 7:45pm
Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Ave., Hampton, NH
The Rockingham Planning Commission will work closely with coastal communities over the next two years to evaluate their risk and vulnerability to flooding from sea level rise and storm surge, and identify practical approaches to protecting municipal and private assets, public safety and natural resources. Be part of this very important project. HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
All are welcome. RSVP by November 4th. To RSVP & for more info call Julie LaBranche at the RPC at (603) 778-0885.


Thursday, November 7th
Seacoast Science Center Evening Dinner Series: Oil Spills in Marine Waters: What Really Happens
Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye NH
The Seacoast Science Center brings Dr. Nancy Kinner, Director of theUNH Coastal Response Research Center, to its Evening Dinner Series. Kinner’s presentation will give the inside scoop on what actually happens to the goop when things go awry.

The event will teach you about the many forms of crude oil, how it is transported and the New Hampshire connection through UNH’s oil spill response effort. Nancy’s team was responsible for leading the effort to disperse much of leaking oil during the Deep Horizon spill and testified three times before Congress and on multiple media outlets.

The admission cost includes cocktails, dinner catered by Liberty Lane Catering and the presentation is $50 for Seacoast Science Center members and $60 for non-members.

RSVP by November 1 here or by contacting Ashley at 603-436-8043, ext. 14.


Saturday, November 9th

Norton Hears a Who
Kittery Land Trust’s Norton Preserve,Norton Rd., Kittery, ME

An evening adventure into the woods of the Norton Preserve. The Norton Preserve is a 176 acre wildlife preserve owned and managed by Kittery Land Trust.  Located at the end of Norton Road, it is KLT’s largest preserve located in the largest unfragmented and undeveloped area of Kittery.  Because of its size and the diversity of its landscape, Norton Preserve provides critical nesting and hunting sites for a large number of owls. Bring a headlamp, we’ll bring an owl recording and quietly wait to hear the nesting owls respond.
Reservations Required. Call 207-439-8989 or

Tuesday, November 12th

Naturalist Nights at White Pine Program: Owl Ecology with Center for Wildlife 

6:00pm – 9:00pm

White Pine Program Offices, 170 Cider Hill Rd., York, ME
A family friendly night hosted by White Pine Programs. The folks from the Center for Wildlife with present owl ecology. Study skulls, feathers, and feet. Dissect pellets, learn calls, meet live owl ambassadors. These nights a great chance for adults to deepen their understanding of an connection to nature.
Free & Open to all! Potluck dinner – bring a dish to share.
Wednesday, November 13th  
Portsmouth Science Cafe: NH Oysters: Good for You, Good for The Bay
Doors at 5:00pm; Presentations at 6:00pm
Portsmouth Brewery’s Lapanza Lounge, Market St., Portsmouth
Come enjoy a pint and bite while engaging in interesting dialogue about contemporary research and science. Ray Konisky is the director of marine science for the NH Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Ray Grizzle is a research professor in the dept. of Biological Sciences atUNH and co-owner of an oyster farm. “The Rays” have been working on restoring oysters throughout Great Bay and will discuss the process as well as the improvement in water quality and the local economy that oysters can provide. Come armed with your questions, thoughts and ideas.
Free & Open to all!
Sunday, November 17th
Perkinstown Common Hike with Great Works Regional Land Trust
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Trailhead on the cul de sac on Thompson Street, off of Perry Oliver Rd., Wells, ME

Markus Diebolt of the Wells Conservation Commission will be guiding the tour. Recently conserved, these 288 acres in Wells and North Berwick were formerly known as the “Granite State Gas” lands. The town of Wells now owns the property (with Great Works Regional Land Trust as conservation easement holder) and is developing a trail and management plan. In the meantime, Great Works is offering a hike along the slightly rolling woods roads of this significant parcel.


RSVP as numbers are limited. $5 donation ($10/family) suggested for non-members. For directions and to register:



November 21st-22nd
Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH
The Think Blue Maine Partners are proud to announce the first ever Maine Stormwater Conference. This conference focuses on real-world strategies for protecting and restoring water resources.  Municipal Staff, officials, regulators, consultants and watershed managers from around the state of Maine and beyond are greatly encouraged to attend. There are Professional Development Hours available and stormwater professional certification opportunities are also available. This is an awesome program for anyone interested in how to address the growing pollution source of stormwater.


For more information, registration and program visit the

Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

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 25th annual iteration of the event and will highlight some unique retrospective content about NPS management.
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.

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.