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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Clean Water Community Calendar: October 2013

Clean Water Community Calendar: October 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 October. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!   Saturday, September 28th NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY –

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Grant Opportunities: October 2013

Northeast Regional Ocean Council Municipal Coastal Resilience Grants The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) is pleased to announce a small grants program and continuation of its municipal coastal resilience initiative. NROC seeks proposals from coastal communities in New England to improve resilience to coastal storms and effects of sea level rise. Specifically, NROC seeks to fund activities that meet the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) to improve participation

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Clean Water Champion: Kirsten Howard

Kirsten Howard – New NOAA Coastal Management Fellow PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature tha tprofiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed.  This month we get to say “welcome” to a new champion working for clean water in our watershed – Kirsten Howard. Kirsten was nominated to the fellowship program by Michigan Sea Grant and was matched with the New Hampshire Coastal Program, which is housed at the N.H. Department

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Monitoring Program Update

Monitoring Program Update  As part of PREP’s ongoing commitment to monitoring the health of our estuaries PREP planned and implemented a comprehensive monitoring program for eelgrass in Summer and Fall of 2013. The program has three components: Collection of high quality aerial Coastal Scientist Phil Trowbridge uses an underwater camera to capture images of eelgrass beds   imagery, photointerpretation of the imagery to map eelgrass beds, and groundtruthing to verify the accuracy of the eelgrass maps. Qualified

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Watershed Watch: October 2013

Watershed Watch: October 2013

Watershed Watch  Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.   Prepare. Protect. Portsmouth. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan By: City of Portsmouth & Partners The City of Portsmouth was one of five communities selected for a pilot program

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Celebrate the 25th Annual National Estuaries Day – Toast the Coast

Celebrate the 25th Annual National Estuaries Day - Toast the Coast

This Saturday we celebrate the 25th Annual National Estuaries Day. The purpose of National Estuaries Day, first observed in 1988, is to promote the importance of coastal environments where rivers meet the sea. Nationwide, approximately 110 million people, or more than half of all Americans, live near an estuary and enjoy the many benefits estuaries provide. More than 25% of New Hampshire’s population call the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook Estuaries home, more than 375,000 people. Great Bay

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Neighbors Unite to Restore Local Pond in Exeter

Neighbors Unite to Restore Local Pond in Exeter

Margaret Mead once wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.“ Combine those committed citizens with progressive town leaders, university researchers and community planners and you’ve got a recipe for success. Brickyard Pond, a 1.8 acre pond along Kingston Road in Exeter, has long been a community icon. In the not so recent past, there were walking trails around the

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Watershed Watch: September 2013

Watershed Watch: September 2013

Watershed Watch  Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.   Return of the River Herring: Restored Access Leads to Record Runs up the Lamprey River By: Michael Dionne, NH Fish & Game The wild and scenic Lamprey River could

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PREP's Clean Water Champion: Jamie Houle

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 caught up with James Houle from the UNH Stormwater Center. Jamie has been instrumental in bringing the extremely valuable research and work of the Stormwater Center to the communities around the Seacoast. Through on the ground projects, public presentations and interactive workshops Jamie has led the charge on green infrastructure and low impact development across the region.

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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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