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.

July 2017: Watershed Watch

NHANRS Scientific Buffer Report By NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists Legislative Committee March (2015) the NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS) formed a Legislative Committee to investigate the scientific basis for establishing protective buffers to jurisdictional wetlands in New Hampshire. The effort was to provide the science for use in future discussions regarding the need to advance wetland protection. The findings and recommendations from the Legislative Committee are provided in the NHANRS Scientific

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July 2017: Snapshots from the 2017 Field Season

Water Quality Monitoring Lab at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Summer has arrived and that means the arrival of the field research season for our research partners and citizen scientists. In some cases, PREP funds data collection and monitoring activities; however, data for many of the 23 indicators in the State of Our Estuaries report are provided by partner organizations. Our partners are our eyes and ears on the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries. But what

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June 2017: Gulf of Maine Council Awards

You have already seen the short piece of the Gulf of Maine Council Awards for 2017 for the Town of Exeter, NH and Sally Soule, Coastal Watershed Supervisor at NHDES, however the full awards were announced last evening at the awards ceremony, and we at PREP would like to take this time to recognize the winners in our region. CLICK HERE for a full list of the 2017 Gulf of Maine Council award winners. Susan

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June 2017: Community Calendar

 Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal Research Volunteers for NH Sea Grant! The Coastal Research Volunteers Hub Connect Here Explore Great Bay at the Great Bay Discovery Center Ongoing events Click here for the Calendar of Events for Young &

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June 2017: TAC Process Update

As part of PREP’s ongoing commitment to transparency, trust building, and strong science we will use this space in each newsletter to update you on our Technical Advisory Committee process. If you’d like to be on the mailing list for the TAC to be notified of meetings, etc. please email Kalle.Matso@unh.edu  Technical Advisory Committee members discussing eelgrass stressors Recent TAC Meetings The recent Technical Advisory Committee meetings ,May 9th and 10th, focused on thinking broadly

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June 2017: Celebrating Retirement

This summer our region celebrates three outstanding individuals as they prepare for retirement. We cannot thank each one of you enough for your dedication to protect natural resources, work with communities and legislators, and research our environment. We will be a little less whole with your retirements, but we wish you all well in your next endeavors! Don’t be strangers. Cliff Sinnott, Executive Director,  Rockingham Planning Commission Cliff Sinnott has been a planner at the Rockingham

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June 2017: Budget Update

Sunset at Adams Point On May 23, 2017 President Trump issued his federal fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” In that budget, the National Estuary Program (NEP) received $0 in funding.  This would be for a period to begin October 1, 2018 for PREP (16 months from now).  Also receiving $0 are the Coastal Zone Management Program (NH Coastal Program), The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NH’s Great Bay NERR),

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May 2017: Community Calendar

Here’s a listing of some fantastic partner organizations that have ongoing events, even in winter, please join in! Get out there and enjoy YOUR estuary!  Bird’s eye view of the Piscataqua River SAVE THE DATE NH Department of Environmental Services 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference Thursday, May 18, 2017 Grappone Conference Center Concord, NH Hear presentations about PFCs and other emerging contaminants, land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection, status of drought

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May 2017: Land Conservation Transaction Grant Awards

Southeast Land Trust (SELT) Bodwell Farm The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) has announced the grant awards for the Spring 2017 Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. A total of $53,120 in grant funding will support conservation work on over 1,000 acres of land. The Land Protection Transaction Grant program assists with the cost for permanent land protection projects (donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements) within the coastal watershed including coastal New Hampshire and part

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May 2017: Updates from Capitol Hill

Representative Posey providing opening remarks at the Estuary Caucus briefing. Greetings Friends and Colleagues: Each month when we issue this newsletter, it is with the goal of sharing news but also to celebrate the good work being done throughout our watershed by so many partners. We like to think of it as our own version of the GoodNewsNetwork. This month, we have some very good news to share about the FFY17 funding outcome that extends

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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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