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.

Clean Water Champion: Jean Eno

This month we were able to track down the ever-busy, always awesome, super volunteer, Jean Eno. Jean helped to found and now is the Director of the Winnicut River Watershed Coalition, she’s a wonderful naturalist at the Great Bay Discovery Center, is on the board for the York Center for Wildlife, a trustee for the Great Bay Stewards, a board member for the Weeks Brick House & Gardens, travels all over the state with the UNHCE Speaking for Wildlifeprogram, is highly

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Clean Water Community Calendar: November 2013

Clean Water Community Calendar: November 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 rundown for November.   Saturday, November 2nd Southeast Land Trust of NH 11th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser 6:00pm – 10:00pm Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth, NH Join SELTNH for their 11th annual fundraiser. This year’s

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Clean Water Champion: Jeff Barnum

Clean Water Champion: Jeff Barnum

Jeff Barnum – the new Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper with Conservation Law Foundation   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 got to catch up with an old friend who’s got a new role, the new Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, Jeff Barnum. Jeff’s long been engaged in the Great Bay watershed  he was most recently the president of the Coastal Conservation Association of NH where he

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Watershed Watch: November 2013

Watershed Watch: November 2013

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.   The Adaptation Toolkit for NH Communities By: NH Dept. of Environmental Services By preparing for climate change early, communities can avoid significant costs, whether economic, social or ecological. In an effort

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Editorial: Honoring National Estuaries Week

Editorial: Honoring National Estuaries Week

By: Rachel Rouillard, PREP & Cory Riley, GBNERR Appeared in Foster’s Daily Democrat 10/4/2013 This week, people all around the country celebrated National Estuaries Week. Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook are New Hampshire’s estuaries – economically and ecologically valuable places where fresh water and salt water come together. Since you live in the seacoast region, you may have celebrated National Estuaries Week without even knowing it. If you ate an oyster or had fish for dinner

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Clean Water Champion: Jen Kennedy

Jen Kennedy – Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation Jen Kennedy on White Island, Isle of Shoals, Summer 2012 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 catch the very busy Executive Director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, Jen Kennedy.  Jen co-founded the BOS with a fellow whale watch naturalist when she felt frustrated with the lack of translation of open

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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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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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