Clean Water Community Calendar: September 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 September. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!
Wednesday, September 4th
GBNERR Educator Training
Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland, NH
The annual Fall Training will prepare volunteer educators for teaching small groups of school children about the cultural history of the Great Bay Estuary and the natural resources found in the region up to 400 years ago. Educators lead a variety of lessons throughout the grounds. A favorite of students is “The Trail of the Arrowhead”– a 45 minute journey through the forest along the Center’s boardwalk. Students sample turkey jerky, smoked salmon, learn about wampum and trade, waterfowl migrations and gather in a birch bark native fishing encampment. Other stops include a tour of the Special Collections artifact room, a simulated archaeology dig and a lesson on gundalows of the Piscataqua Region.
The training session is free with snacks, lunch and all teaching materials provided. Registration for the training is required. Please call the Center at 603-778-0015 or
Gundalow Contemporary Coastal Issues Series: Jeff Bolster
Aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park Docks

Join Award-winning author, Jeff Bolster, aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua for a sunset sail and learn about marine biology and ecological insight blended with history.


Call the Gundalow Office 603-433-9505 to reserve your spot on these cruises.


For more info visit the Gundlow’s website.
Saturday, September 6-8th
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Downtown Hampton Beach

Enjoy the fruits of the sea and celebrate the end of summer at the annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. There’ll be tons of events, vendor booths, loads of fresh seafood and fireworks! It’s a wonderful time for the whole family.

Visit the Festival Website for more info.
Sunday, September 8th
Mount A Community Work Day


Mount Agamenticus, York, Maine


Pitch in and volunteer to help keep Mount A the wonderful place it is for hiking and enjoying. Come join the Mt. A Conservation Region team for projects ranging from summit gardening to maintaining trails.
For more info and to sign up call the Conservation Office at
(207)361-1102 or email
Wednesday, September 11th
Gundalow Contemporary Coastal Issues Series: Ken Baldwin
Aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park Docks
Join Ken Baldwin, the Director of the UNH Center for Ocean Engineering, aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua for a sunset sail and learn about opportunities for tidal power in the Piscataqua Region.


Call the Gundalow Office 603-433-9505 to reserve your spot on these cruises.
For more info visit the Gundlow’s website.


Thursday, September 12th
Annual Drinking Water Protection Seminar: Extreme Weather Events, How You Should Change for a Changing Climate
All Day
Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta, Maine


Join the Maine Water Utilities Association for the 7th Annual Drinking Water Protection Seminar. This year’s seminar will focus on climate change, its affects on drinking water resources and how utilities and managers can adapt and prepare.


Click here for more information and to register


University of New Hampshire School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Celebration

Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, UNH Campus, Durham, NH
Join UNH President Mark Huddleston in celebrating the newly formed School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. PREP will be a part of this new school and we are very excited about the expansion of opportunities for students and research that this will provide.
RSVP by September 5th via phone (603)862-1691 or or online form



Saturday, September 14th

FISHTIVAL – NH Fish & Lobster Festival
Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH
Come join PREP and other non-profits, fisherpeople, chefs, schools
PREP at Fishtival 2011
 and restaurants at the 5th Annual Fishtival! An interactive,
 informative and above-all delicious celebration of local fish, localfisherpeople and our wonderful Seacoast community. PREP will have our awesome watershed model on display for anyone to come ‘pollute’ and learn about water pollution.
Event is free admission & seafood small plates are $4
Click Here for more info
Sunday, September 15th   


Hawk Watch: Eyes Like a Hawk
Top of Mount Agamenticus, York, ME
Broad-winged Hawk


Join the wild bird ambassadors from The Center from Wildlife atop Mt A for a live demonstration of migrating raptors and then view the Mt. A flyway – don’t forget your binoculars!
Reservations are required and there’s a $7 donation. 
For more info and to sign up visit The Center for Wildlife’s Website
Wednesday, September 18th
Gundalow Contemporary Coastal Issues Series: Erik Chapman
Aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park Docks

Join Erik Chapman, Extension Specialist at NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension, aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua for a sunset sail and learn about Erik’s work with the NH fishing industry and University researchers to support sustainable marine fisheries.

Call the Gundalow Office 603-433-9505 to reserve your spot on these cruises.

For more info visit the Gundlow’s website.

Saturday, September 21st
UNH Ocean Discovery Day
Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, UNH Campus, Durham, NH
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex, New Castle, NH
This annual event highlights the research, work and exciting exploration being done by UNH students and researchers. Interactive, family-friendly exhibits and displays at two locations will engage and enlighten on the valuable and fascinating work of marine science. PREP will be there with our awesome watershed model!
Free and open to all! For program of events, directions and more info visit the website.

New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup 
30 sites around the coast & Great Bay
Join in the biggest coastal clean up of the year, join with peopleacross the globe in cleaning up our shores! The Blue Ocean Society together with other partners organizes this annual all-day, region-wide coastal clean-up – many hands make for lighter work!
For more info on sites and where and when to meet up visit the BOS Coastal Clean Up Website.
Sunday, September 22nd
Piscataqua Oysterpalooza! 
Seacoast Science Center, Ordorne State Park, Rye, NH
Last year over 4,000 oysters were slurped at the Annual Oysterpalooza. The event is a benefit for the Coastal Conservation Association of NH’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program and their work in restoring Great Bay. The oysters are only a $1 – a buck a shuck!There’s beer, wine, soft drinks and other yummy food samples plus info booths from area non-profits. A fantastic event that’s not to be missed!
Early admission donation is $15 per person until Sept 1, $20 until Sept 21, and $25 at the door. Admission donations can bepurchased online or at Seaport Fish (13 Sagamore Rd., Rye or State Rd in Kittery).
For more info check out the website.


Save the Dates & Upcoming Conferences

September 10th – 12th
National Conservation Training Center Training: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
3 Days; 8am-5pm
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine
Join the Wells Reserve, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Maine Community Foundation for this valuable training. This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Vulnerability Assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.
 CLICK HERE for more info, details on course credit, cost & to register. 


October 8th – SAVE THE DATE
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
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.