Estuaries News & Events

Here’s where you’ll find all the latest research, volunteer opportunities and stories about the places we love. This is our blog and we update it regularly. Scan on the right side for different areas of interest.

Research Spotlight: Macro Algae – What is it? Why’s it important? Where is it?

Research Spotlight: Macro Algae - What is it? Why's it important? Where is it?

Understanding the dynamics of an estuary is not easy but it’s infinitely fascinating. There’s constant shifts in the salinity of the water, the clarity of the water and  the presence or absence of certain species, particularly algae. Algae comes in many forms; there are tiny, microscopic algae that float in the water, also called phytoplankton, and there are large, rooted and un-rooted seaweeds called macroalgae. The reason scientists want to study algae is that algae

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September 2017: Community Calendar

Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal Research Volunteers for NH Sea Grant! The Coastal Research Volunteers Hub Connect Here Explore Great Bay at the Great Bay Discovery Center Ongoing events Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young & Old

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September 2017: Clean Water Champion

PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed.  This month PREP is welcoming our new intern, Trevor Mattera to the team. Trevor will be working on a number of projects with PREP over the next year including the State of Our Estuaries report and conference, the Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan update, the Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment, and many more. What better

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September 2017: Technical Advisory Committee Update

The meeting notes from the May 9th and May 10th Technical Advisory Committee meetings are now available (HERE). There will be no TAC meeting until early 2018 due to the need for focus on developing the full Technical Report, which PREP will release along with the summary State of Our Estuaries (SOOE) Report on December 8th. PREP received an extensive amount of feedback as part of the review process for the SOOE that will be

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September 2017: Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative Success Safari

Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative at the Keay Brook Preserve in Berwick, Maine. It’s been eight years since the inception of the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative– a collaborative group of partners working to improve watershed planning and management in the Salmon Falls River watershed. The Salmon Falls watershed is one of a handful of subwatersheds that make up the Piscataqua Region watershed. Encompassing ten communities in New Hampshire and eight communities in Maine, the entire watershed is

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August 2017: Community Calendar

 Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  2017 Success Safari Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative August 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:45 PM The Salmon Falls Collaborative Summer “Safari” is a chance to explore the great work being done in the watershed to protect the Salmon Falls River as a source of drinking water. The Safari this year

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August 2017: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. When Rising Seas Hit Home By Union of Concerned Scientists A National Assessment produced by the Union of Concern Scientists identifies when US coastal communities will face a level of disruptive flooding that affects people’s homes, routines, and livelihoods. The assessment highlights what is at stake as we fight to address

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August 2017: Land Transaction Grant RFP

Adams Point at Sunset The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation are offering matching grants to assist with land transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed (coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine). Qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations and units of government may apply. The total amount available for the Fall 2017 grant round is $38,000.

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August 2017: Reflection from a Fellow: Two Years of Social Science in the Seacoast

By Simone Barley-Greenfield Touring Berry Brook I can still taste my first bite of the fish tacos at Lexie’s as if it was only yesterday that I sat on the faded picnic tables at Great Bay Marine, looking out over an unfamiliar water body and wondering what the next two years would bring.  Having said goodbye to the coastal cultures of California and the Pacific Northwest, I had no idea if this newfound place, the

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July 2017: Community Calendar

Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal Research Volunteers for NH Sea Grant! The Coastal Research Volunteers Hub Connect Here Explore Great Bay at the Great Bay Discovery Center Ongoing events Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young & Old Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire Ongoing Events Click Here for their Calendar The Nature Conservancy New Hampshire Chapter Ongoing Events Click Here for

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July 2017: Moose Plate Grant Announcement

The NH State Conservation Committee (SCC) announced the availability of the 2018 Conservation “Moose Plate” Grant application. Funds are available for projects that support and promote programs and partnerships that protect, restore, and enhance the state’s valuable resources. Eligible applicants include: Municipalities County Conservation Districts Qualified Non-Profit Organizations engaged in conservation programs Public and private schools (K-12) County Cooperative Extension natural resource programs and Scout groups Grant applications are due September 15, 2017. Awards will be

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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.

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