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.

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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2013 Land Protection Transaction Grants – Funds Available

  The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is offering matching grants of up to $5,000 per project to assist with transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed area (coastal New Hampshire and part of southern Maine). Grants can be awarded to either qualified nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government. Currently, a total of $30,000 is available for the 2013 grant round,

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Southeast Watershed Alliance's Stormwater Standards

It’s widely understood that in areas with faster rates of development the spread of the impervious surface is increased. Impervious surfaces are areas that don’t let water infiltrate into the ground like parking lots and roofs. Because water can’t infiltrate it runs off and it picks up all the dirt, litter, oils and pollutants with it and this results in elevated levels of pollution into our waterways – this is stormwater pollution. Not only is

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New Castle’s Fertilizer Education Efforts

New Castle's Fertilizer Education Efforts

The Town of New Castle has recently adopted a wonderful public education program called Lawns to Lobsters which is aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizers and pesticides running off of neighborhood lawns. The program is part of a larger effort by the New Castle Conservation Commission to curb water pollution into the Great Bay Estuary from the island community. Being an island community and sitting at the mouth of the estuary, the town of New

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Watershed Watch: March 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. Picking Our Battles: Enhancing Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects By: NH Fish & Game With the help of over 120 different community members, NH Fish & Game has developed town customized

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March 2013 update from PREP

Well it seems this is the winter that will never end. There’s been plenty of opportunities for all those great snowy endeavors we all missed so much last year – snowshoeing at Ordiorne State Park, cross country skiing on the Rockingham Rec Trail and ice fishing on the Bellamy Reservoir. If you’re out and about enjoying our Seacoast in the winter share your tales with us on our Facebook page. We love to see folks enjoying our wonderful lands and waters. Though your yard

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Watershed Watch: February 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. Low Impact Development (LID) “Barrier Busters” Fact Sheets By: US EPA This seven-part series of fact sheets is primarily intended for state and local decision makers who are

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The Smallest Streams Can Hold Big Surprises

The Smallest Streams Can Hold Big Surprises: Removing the Shorey’s Brook Dam Located on the town line between Eliot, and South Berwick, Maine, Shorey’s Brook is only about 4 miles long. As early as the 1630’s it has been dammed a few hundred feet upland from where it empties at the confluence of the Cocheco and Salmon Falls rivers (where they become the Piscataqua River). After the failing dam was removed in December of 2011,

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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.