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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April 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!  SAVE THE DATE NH Department of Environmental Services 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference Thursday, May 18, 2017 Grappone Conference Center Concord, NH Hear presentations about PFCs and other emerging contaminants, land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection, status of drought and efforts to manage its impacts, and

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April 2017: Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist

The purpose of TAC Updates and “Thoughts from the Coastal Scientist” is to summarize information (facts and data) from meetings and to articulate other questions, concepts, and connections that the TAC is considering. The information is intended only to help advance TAC discussions and is NOT intended to be used by an individual or group as final or conclusive statements. All information presented through this TAC page during the State of Our Estuaries report development

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April 2017: Watershed Watch

Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative  By PREP First started in 2013, PREP continues to work with municipalities to build financial support for water quality and biological monitoring. The following publication provides additional detail for the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative (PRMC). Learn more about the PRMC & download the document HERE. March 2017: Regional Climate Impacts & Outlooks By NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information Much of the contiguous United States just experienced one of the warmest

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Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative

PREP is excited to announce that the 2017 field season monitoring budget is growing thanks to contributions from seven communities to the Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative totaling more than $120,000! What is the PRMC? The Piscataqua Region Monitoring Collaborative (PRMC) is uniting partners working on water quality research and monitoring in our estuaries around a vision for expanded data collection, analysis, and access. Goals of the PRMC include: continuing to build a comprehensive understanding of our

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March 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!  CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE BES WEBSITE March Management Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 14 at the Portsmouth Public Library 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 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

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State of Our Estuaries: Looking Back to Look Forward

Back in 2000, Bill Belichick became the head coach for the New England Patriots, “No Strings Attached” by *NSYNC was the best-selling album of the year, and PREP (formerly the New Hampshire Estuaries Project) produced the first ever State of New Hampshire’s Estuaries Report, a snapshot of the environmental conditions of the state’s estuaries. Over the last 17 years a lot has changed at PREP including broadening our focus area to encompass 10 Maine communities

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New assessment suggests that a healthy Great Bay Estuary is worth a lot to people who live here

By Kirsten Howard, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program We all know that people care about the Great Bay Estuary for a lot of reasons, whether because they boat on it, make their living from it, like to look at it, eat seafood produced in it, are protected by it, or something else. But just how much do people care about the Great Bay Estuary? Or more specifically, how much do people benefit

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2017 Land Transaction Grant Program RFP

The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) and Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) with help 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 2017 grants

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Partner Focus

Great Bay Reserve Manager Cory Riley Honored as Fearless Advocate of Great Bay!  PREP’s Management Committee Chair and the Reserve Manager for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was recently awarded the prestigious “Award for Outstanding Contributions” to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).  The award was jointly presented at the NERRS Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, by Erica Seiden, Program Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal

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January 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 &

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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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