Clean Water Community Calendar: October 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 run-down for October. 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, September 28th
All Day

Lift a glass, a pint, a mug, an oyster to our fantastic coast and snap a photo of your toast! Post your picture to PREP’s Facebook wall for a chance to win a fantastic Smuttynose Brewing Company gift basket!   #ToastTheCoast
Saturday, October 5th
Hug a Tree! 

Mt. Agamenticus Forest, McIntire Highland Preserve, meet at York Land Trust’s parking lot, 484 US Route 1, York, ME
Deep in the heart of the Mt. Agamenticus forest at the York Land Trust‘s McIntire Highland Preserve are some of the region’s oldest trees. Hike the preserve with YLT arborist and Stewardship Director Joe Anderson to discover the forest changes that these trees have endured over time.
CLICK HERE to Register
Sunday, October 6th
Kenyon Hill Preserve Hike with Great Works Regional Land Trust
Ogunquit Road, just south of Bennett Lot Road, South Berwick

Dramatic ledges are a highlight of this beautiful and diverse 113-acre property. The loop hike of easy/moderate difficulty will also feature wetlands which feed the Ogunquit River. A wonderful time to see the fall colors!

Contact GWRLT for more info (207) 646-3604 or
Easy Autumn Escapade at Mount Agamenticus
Mount Agamenticus, York, Maine
Take advantage of peak foliage season and learn more about trees. This easy walk is great for beginners who want to learn how to ID trees.
Registrations are required and there’s a $5 suggested donation.
Call (207) 361-1102 or email
Monday, October 7th 
Granite State Future Regional Master Plan Update Public Conversation
Seabrook Town Library
The Rockingham Planning Commission is developing a RegionalMaster Plan for southeastern NH and they need your input! Share your thoughts on Land Use, Natural Resources, Energy & Climate Change and Cultural & Historic Resources that will be used to provide a vision and set of goals to direct our region’s future. HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
All are welcome. To register & for more info CLICK HERE or call the RPC at (603) 778-0885.

 *Can’t attend, you can still weigh in on the Community Survey.*

Coastal Research Volunteers’ Training: Benthic macroinvertebrate sampling
NH Sea Grant Offices, 122 Mast Rd., Lee, NH

 The NH Sea Grant’s Coastal Research Volunteers are working with Sagamore-Hampton Golf Course to help them achieve Audubon certification as a green golf sanctuary. Part of the certification is evaluating the health of the brook that runs through the course. The best way to measure brook health is to look at what type of benthic macroinvetebrates (bugs) are living there. Come and get trained on how to measure brook health and get involved in this ongoing research project.

For more info contact Alyson Eberhardt at or at (603) 862-6709
Thursday, October 10th 
Granite State Future Regional Master Plan Update Public Conversation
Brentwood Community Center, Route 125, Brentwood, NH
The Rockingham Planning Commission is developing a Regional Master Plan for southeastern NH and they need your input! Share your thoughts on Land Use, Natural Resources, Energy & Climate Change and Cultural & Historic Resources that will be used to provide a vision and set of goals to direct our region’s future. HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

All are welcome. To register & for more info CLICK HERE or call the RPC at (603) 778-0885.

 *Can’t attend, you can still weigh in on the Community Survey.*


Sunday, October 13th
Fun with Fungi!
Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area, North Berwick, Maine

Join the Great Works Regional Land Trust and search for tasty &poisonous mushrooms with Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro.
Reservations Required. Call (207) 646-3604 or email



Wednesday, October 16th
Portsmouth Science Cafe: New England Food Vision
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. Tom Kelly is the founding director of UNH’s Sustainability Institute and Joanne Burke is the Thomas W Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems. The pair will discuss the future of local food in New England and what it might look like to live a 50-mile lifestyle. Come armed with your questions, thoughts and ideas.

Free & Open to all!  For more info visit the NH EPSCoR’s website.

Friday, October 18th  
Halloween in Nature at Mount Agamenticus 
Top of Mount Agamenticus, York, ME

Meet at the top of Mount A to watch the full moon rise & then visit the Learning Lodge to meet some creatures of night! Grab your flashlight & join on a moonlit hike where you’ll find what bumps, howls, hoots and screeches in the night! Prize given to the best nature-inspired Halloween costume!

Reservations are required and there’s a $7 donation. 
For more info and to sign up visit email
Tuesday, October 22nd
Prepare. Protect. Portsmouth. Walking Tour of Flood Risk Areas
Join the City of Portsmouth and the NH Coastal Adaptation Working Group for a walking tour of three sites in historic downtown Portsmouth and hear how they are vulnerable to flooding. Find out how you can help the city address the impacts through the Master Plan process. Learn more about Portsmouth’s newly launched  Coastal Resilience Initiative – Prepare.Protect.Portsmouth.
For more info call Peter Britz at (603) 610-7216.

Monday, October 28th 
Durham’s Climate Adaptation Community Conversation 
Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH
The Town of Durham along with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission and the NH Coastal Program invite you to join in an important community conversation about climate change, sea level rise and local preparedness for severe weather events. All community volunteer boards, committees, staff, business owners and residents are encouraged to attend to hear more about the town’s preparedness and to learn more about the Town’s recently developed Climate Adaptation Chapter.
Email or call (603) 994-3500
Tuesday, October 29th
Roll up Your Sleeves & Pant Legs! Sea Level Rise Project Next Steps Meeting in Hampton, Hampton Falls & Seabrook 
Hampton Falls Town Hall, 1 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls, NH
Join the NH Coastal Adaptation Worksgroup (NHCAW) in a conversation about planning for the effects of the future flooding in Hampton, Hampton Falls & Seabrook.  Following up on work done by NHCAW with town official and residents from 2011-2012 this workshop is meant to build upon and move onto next steps arising from the Coastal Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise Tool (COAST) project. All town boards, commissions, business owners and residents are strongly encouraged to attend!
Email or (603) 862-6707


Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

 October 8th
RARGOM Annual Science Meeting
Holiday Inn at the Portsmouth, NH Traffic Circle
The 2013 Regional Association for the Research on the Gulf Of Maine (RARGOM) Annual Science Meeting will look back at 2012, a remarkable year in the Gulf of Maine.  According to NOAA, 2012 was the warmest year ever in the Gulf and over a broad swath of the North Atlantic, and the high temperatures impacted the physical conditions, biological processes, animal distributions, and fisheries in the region.  This meeting will attempt to synthesize the causes and consequences of the 2012 “ocean heat wave” and consider what lessons we can take from 2012 about how the Gulf of Maine will change in the coming century.
CLICK HERE for more info
October 18th
NH Assoc. of Natural Resource Scientists’ Coastal Wetlands Conference
Seacoast Science Center,  570 Ocean Blvd. (Rte. 1A) Rye, NH
The second New Hampshire Association of  Natural Resource Scientists’ Coastal  Wetlands Conference includes a wide  variety of research topics regarding New England coastal wetlands. The conference aims to provide a venue for  the presentation and discussion of recent  coastal wetlands research results from our  region.

CLICK HERE for more info 

November 21st – 22nd
Maine Stormwater Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN 
South Portland, Maine
The conference will showcase effective planning, design, maintenance, and funding approaches to address water quality needs, as well as a discussion of the current legal climate related to stormwater.
CLICK HERE to view the conference agenda, speakers & 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.