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.

February 2015: Watershed Watch;

EDITORIAL: Photos Help Raise Climate Change Awareness by Maren Bhaget This editorial appeared in the Portsmouth Herald December 11, 2014 and gives a first hand account of the recent King Tide Photo Contest held in October, 2014. Maren won 2nd place in the contest an shares what the experience taught her about a changing climate. The next contest is slated to be held on October 28, 2015.     REPORT: Sustaining Champions of Climate Adaptation

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PREP Hires New Coastal Scientist: Dr. Kalle Matso

Dear PREP Community: It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we announce the hiring of our new Coastal Scientist, Dr. Kalle Matso.  Formerly with the Center for Collaborative Science (previously CICEET) at The University of New Hampshire, Kalle has a unique background as both an estuarine ecologist and a social scientist with expertise in developing and using social science for collaborative decision-making.  His skills and perspective will contribute a unique skill set to PREP

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Feature: PREP Welcomes 5 New Faces to Management Committee

PREP is pleased to welcome the five new members joining our Management Committee as of December 2014. As PREP goes into 2015 the Management Committee will be an integral part of establishing a collaborative monitoring network for Great Bay, they will help to roll-out the PREPA report, they will lead PREP through our EPA Program evaluation, guide the implementation of our CCMP through projects with towns and partners and continue to build upon the strength

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November 2014 – Shots from the ‘Shed

  Chris Keeley from UNH Cooperative Extension & NH Sea Grant is a wonderful Seacoast photographer & got in on the King Tide action in October. This photo was the the 2nd place Peoples’ Choice. Check out Chris’ talent on his website www.chriskeeleyphoto.com  

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November 2014 – Clean Water Community Calendar

Volunteer  & Citizen Science Opportunities  Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Training for invasive species workshops, easement monitoring, GIS training, Oyster River Forest habitat restoration and so, so much more. Get out there and lend a hand! Saturday, November 15th Oiled Wildlife Response Workshop 8:30am-4:00pm UNH Campus FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE   Sunday, November 16th  Tatnic Hills History Hike with Great Works Regional Land Trust  10:00am-12:00pm Intersection of Hill Rd. &

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November 2014’s Clean Water Champion – Laura Byergo

Laura Byergo – Greenland Conservation Commissioner, Great Bay Steward, Marine Docent & More  PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed. This month we feature a super person and super volunteer, Laura Byergo. Laura lives on the tidal portion of the Winnicut River in Greenland and she gives of her time freely to help research, protect and preserve the places she loves on the

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2014 King Tide Photo Contest – Winners Announced!

  On October 9th the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup held the 3rd Annual King Tide Photo Contest and the turnout was great! There was 87 photos submitted by 32 photographers both on social media with the hashtag #KingTidesNH and via email. A panel of 5 esteemed judges included Mayor of Portsmouth, Robert Lister, Seacoast Photographer, Kristin Burchsted; Pax World Investment’s Julie Gorte; New Hampshire Public Radio’s Sam Evans-Brown and UNH Cooperative Extension’s Chris Keeley. King

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Feature: Rain Barrels Runneth Over for Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire’s First Year

By: Jillian McCarthy, NH Dept. of Environmental Services  As the leaves begin to fall across the state, the Soak Up the Rain (SOAK) program is wrapping up a successful field season. True to its name, the program and its partners literally soaked up over 120,000 gallons of stormwater in 2014, preventing an estimated 11,500 pounds of sediment, 3.2 pounds of phosphorus, and 6.3 pounds of nitrogen from washing into the state’s lakes, streams, and coastal

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Feature: PREP, Great Bay Municipal Coalition & State Partner to Monitor Eelgrass in Great Bay

August 7th, 2014 – Durham, NH: A new report released this week by PREP in partnership with the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the municipalities of Exeter, Newmarket, Stratham, Durham, Dover, Rochester and Portsmouth provides high-resolution imagery and data on the extent of eelgrass in the Great Bay Estuary. This was the first time in the study of the Great Bay Estuary that communities, scientists, the US EPA and the state environmental regulatory

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Clean Water Champion: August 2014 – Dave Cedarholm

PREP’s Clean Water Champion Dave Cedarholm – Former Town Engineer for Durham    PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed. This month we are featuring a true clean water champion who has been working for the Town of Durham for the past 9 years, until just last month when he accepted a position with Tighe and Bond in Portsmouth, NH. Dave has been

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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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