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.

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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Clean Water Community Calendar: September 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 September. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!   Wednesday, September 4th GBNERR Educator Training 9:30am-4:00pm

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Clean Water Community Calendar: July 2013

Sunday, June 30th NH Surfrider Beach Clean-Up 3:00pm The Wall (12th St.) at Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop Wednesday, July 3rd Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow with UNH Stormwater Center Evenings throughout the summer Gundalow docks, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH This series is FREE FOR TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS! Join Jamie Houle, Program Manager for UNH Stormwater Center aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua for a sunset sail while learning about up to date

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Monitoring Update: 2013 Integrated Habitat Monitoring

This season PREP is pleased to announce a new partnership in our annual effort to gather field data on eelgrass, salt marsh, macro algae and oysters. PREP and six communities participating through the Municipal Coalition have pledged support of $30,000 for the acquisition of high resolution imagery, ground-truthing and photo interpretation services.  The data will be useful in understanding the full range of habitats we monitor. Stay tuned for more on this summer-season project, and

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PREP's Clean Water Champion: Candace Dolan

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 tracked down the ever-busy, ever-awesome Director of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project, Candace Dolan. Candace has been working tirelessly on protecting and improving water quality in the Seacoast region for over 20 years. Serving on the board of the Southeast Watershed Alliance and being a vocal advocate for the Hampton-Seabrook estuary Candace’s long-term effect on our environment

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Watershed Watch: July 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. Film: Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn in a New Era in Ocean Stewardship By: Blue Planet Productions In 2010 President Obama established the nation’s first National Ocean Policy in order to protect, maintain and

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Moose Mountains Regional Greenways Gets a Big Win for Land Protection

Another effective method for preventing pollution into headwater streams is to conserve and protect the land surrounding the waterways. In Wakefield, NH there’s a new 122-acre Wildlife Management Area. It was through the collaborative work of NH Fish & Game, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG), the Town of Wakefield Conservation Commission and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests that this land protection project was brought to fruition. NH Fish & Game acquired the property to protect its outstanding wildlife

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Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance – Engaging Students in Pollution Control

The headwaters of the Great Bay estuary form in Wakefield, NH and Acton, Maine. A series of lakes and ponds converge to form the Salmon Falls River which flows south, meets with the Cocheco River to form the mighty Piscataqua River and that flows south into Little Bay, Great Bay and/or out into the Atlantic. Not only does water flow south through the watershed but so does pollution, soils that have eroded and nutrients. Actions

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Get Out in the Field with the Coastal Research Volunteers

With the arrival of warmer weather is also the arrival of the field research season for our research partners and scientists and this year there is exciting opportunities for citizens to join in the work. A new program has been launched in the coastal watershed and is looking for active volunteers! The Coastal Research Volunteers (CRV) organized by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension’s Alyson Eberhardt is kicking off its 2013 field season with

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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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