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: 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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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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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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