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.

The Great Bay Clean Up Continues: 2,400 Pounds of Debris Cleaned Up!

A Photo Story by Jill Farrell with photos by The Stewardship Network New England, Emily Lord Volunteers along the shorelines of the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge   In our July issue of Downstream we shared the story of the Great Bay Debris Mapping and Spring Clean Up event. We felt proud of the 367 pounds of trash we gathered that day but also knew that more was out there and more was arriving with each tide, every single day.

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Shots from the ‘Shed

On August 22nd PREP along with our awesome partners at The Nature Conservancy welcomed the folks from Proud Pour to the docks at Adam’s Point. Proud Pour pairs wines with solutions to local environmental problems. Their first wine, The Oyster, is a Sauvignon Blanc that restores 100 wild oysters per bottle. It also happens to be the perfect pair to your oyster or seafood plate. PREP and TNC are partnering with Proud Pour to bring The Oyster wine to

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Clean Water Champion: David Green

Building off our FEATURE STORY this month on Rochester’s Wastewater Treatment Plant achievements we’re so happy to feature David Green, chief plant operator. It’s been under David’s strong leadership along with his fantastic staff that Rochester has been able to achieve the advancements they have. David has worked for the City of Rochester in their Public Works department for 28 years and was born and raised in Rochester. He has an infectious pride for his

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September 2016: Watershed Watch

Carsey School New Research Water Concerns Unite Citizen Activists: A Community Rights Movement Transcends Party, Age & Gender By UNH Carsey School of Public Policy This study focuses on an instance of sustained local activism in which citizens in three New Hampshire communities mobilized to protect community groundwater against threats from commercial use. A key finding – Unlike other natural resource and environmental issues, threats to community water precipitate a high level of concern and activism,

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Rochester’s Treatment Plant & the Win-Win-Win that Results in Cleaner Water

By Kalle Matso, PREP Coastal Science Program Manager These are the stories that make people interested in collaboration. A food company in Greenville, NH needs to find a new place to dispose of acetic acid, left over from its mustard, vinegar and fruit juice production. A city that discharges cleaned up wastewater into the Cocheco River needs a carbon source to feed the microbes upon which its operations depend. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services,

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August 2016: Clean Water Community Calendar

The 2016 International Low Impact Development conference will be in Portland Maine this coming August! The 2016 conference theme is Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure for Municipal Programs. There is an impressive list of invited speakers from leading municipalities around the country who have a tremendous amount to share about the successful operations and maintenance of green infrastructure assets. There is a diverse technical program including 7 invited panels ranging from regulatory updates on integrated planning and

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August 2016: Watershed Watch

Current Report & Forecast Drought Impacts & Outlook for the Northeast Region, July 2016 By NOAA NOAA Regional Climate Services, in collaboration with the Northeast and Southeast Regional Climate Centers, the National Weather Service offices in MA and NY, the NOAA/National Center for Environmental Information, the USDA Ag Hub, and the state climatologist from NH (phew!) released a short summary of the drought situation in the Northeast (New York to Maine). Read the summary HERE.

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Salmon Falls Watershed Success Safari

Safari participants hear from Patti Connaughton-Burns from Moose Mountains Regional Greenways on Stop #3 of the Safari Bus Tour.   In 2009 PREP helped to form the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative to improve watershed planning and management — and to protect water supply sources — in the Salmon Falls River watershed. Shared by ten NH towns and  eight Maine towns, the Salmon Falls River watershed drains an area of 232.5 square miles. Headwaters for the river originate

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July 2016: Clean Water Community Calendar

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 & Old Go Sailing Aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua Ongoing events Click Here for the Sailing Schedule Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire Ongoing Events Click Here

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July 2016: Watershed Watch

New Research Brief  Forests in Flux: The Effects of Demographic Change on Forest Cover in New England & New York By Carsey School of Public PolicyThe New England states and New York are more than 50 percent forested, a rate well above the national average. Economies in this heavily forested region have historically relied on forest-based industries, and human population has clustered along coastal regions and major waterways, though recent trends suggest widespread in-migration to

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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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