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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February 2018: 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! Nature Groupie 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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February 2018: 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. Historic Properties Vulnerability Assessment Portsmouth, NH The City of Portsmouth, with support from the National Park Service under the Hurricane Sandy Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program and the State of New Hampshire Division of Historic Resourcces, has begun a Historic Resources Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. Building off the Coastal Resilience

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February 2018: Social Coast Forum 2018: A Rising Tide for Social Science

Some of the New Hampshire ‘Delegation’ in attendance at Social Coast. (Left to Right: Abigail Lyon (PREP), Vidya Balasubramanyam (NH Coastal Program, NOAA Coastal Fellow), & Julia Peterson (NH Sea Grant, UNH Cooperative Extension)).  This week marked the fourth biennial Social Coast Forum – a three-day conference in Charleston, South Carolina aimed at exploring, highlighting, and understanding the human component of coastal resource management. Understanding people – where they live, what they do, and what

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January 2018: 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!   January 3, 1918 the Piscataqua River froze due to extended cold temperatures (Photo: Kittery Historical & Naval Museum) Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! Nature Groupie Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal Research Volunteers for NH Sea Grant! The Coastal Research Volunteers Hub Connect Here Explore Great Bay at the

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January 2018: 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. Stewardship Network: New England Gets a New Name! Nature Groupie On Tuesday, January 2, 2018 the Stewardship Network: New England announced they are changing their name to Nature Groupie! The name change is based on research and a new brand strategy designed to help meet a growing demand for new stewardship volunteers.

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January 2018: Modernizing Exeter’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

If you have driven on Route 101 west from Hampton, you may have noticed some big changes happening at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility over the summer and fall. Responsible for properly treating wastewater before discharging into the Squamscott River – and ultimately the Great Bay Estuary – the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility is currently undergoing some major upgrades to continue reducing point sources of nitrogen and other nutrients and pollutants. Although nitrogen is an

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December 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. “Coastal Hazards and Climate Adaptation” Chapter Town of Rye, NH Planning Board On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 the Town of Rye Planning Board adopted a New Chapter in their Master Plan. The new chapter is available online HERE. The Town is continuing their update with three additional chapter updates on Land Use, Natural Resources,

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December 2017: Grant Announcment

Hills Farm, Town of Farmington, NH (Photo: J. Lougee) The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) has announced the Fall 2017 Land Protection Transaction Grants Program awards. A total of $48,680 in grant funds will support conservation work on over 1,000 acres of land. The seven conservation projects provided over $64,000 in matching funds. The Land Protection Transaction Grant Program assists land trusts, conservation organizations, and municipal governments within the coastal watershed with the transaction costs associated

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December 2017: State of Our Estuaries

On Friday, December 8th we released our new 2018 State of Our Estuaries report: a comprehensive report card detailing the health of the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries using 23 environmental, management and social indicators. Our estuaries are valuable ecosystems that provide a multitude of economic services we rely on.  They help protect us from flooding and storm surges during storms; clean and filter pollutants from the water; salt marshes absorb and store more excess human-produced carbon than

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November 2017: State of Our Estuaries

2018 State of Our Estuaries It has been over 18 months since PREP started planning and gearing up for the 2018 State of Our Estuaries report, and we are now counting down the last 30 days until we release the report at the upcoming State of Our Estuaries conference on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center, Portsmouth, NH. The full day conference is the culmination of an incredible amount of work

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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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