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.

Partner Focus: Bear-Paw Regional Greenways

Bear-Paw Regional Greenways held a Growing the Greenways fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, 2016 which proved to be a resounding success. The Breakfast in the Barn! event was held in the Kitz Barn in Strafford which was built at the Taylor Egg Farm in Madbury in 1837-38. The Kitz family disassembled the barn in 2004 and carefully coded each piece before moving the barn to Strafford. Approximately 100 people attended the fundraiser. The goal was

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June 2016: Funding Opportunity

NOTICE FOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR COASTAL RESILIENCE Request for Proposals The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program has targeted funds available for projects that enhance coastal resilience to current and future hazards. Each year, coastal communities in New Hampshire experience flooding and coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, natural resources, and cultural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. These impacts are already—and are projected to continue— intensifying and expanding with

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June 2016 Clean Water Champion: Rayann Dionne

This month we’re happy to introduce you to another new PREP Management Committee member and awesome champion for clean water in the Hampton-Seabrook estuary! Rayann Dionne is the Conservation Coordinator for the Town of Hampton and has been an active member of the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuaries Alliance. Rayann brings an infectious energy and a true pride of mission to her work on protecting and preserving the Hampton-Seabrook estuary. We are so proud to have her join our Management

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June 2016: Watershed Watch

New Report: National Wetland Condition Assessment Report By US EPA The National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA) is a collaborative survey of our Nation’s wetlands. The NWCA examines the chemical, physical and biological integrity of wetlands through a set of commonly used and widely accepted indicators. Explore the report & data HERE. Summit Proceedings: 5th  NH Annual Climate Summit On May 13th the Great Bay Discovery Center hosted the 5th Annual Climate Summit. NHCAW has uploaded all

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Seven Communities Ante Up for More Science in 2016

 By Kalle Matso, PREP’s Coastal Science Program Manager The 2016 field season for Great Bay Estuary science and monitoring just got a $90,000 boost, thanks to the contributions of seven communities in the Great Bay Watershed. Because of the donations of these communities, a lot of critical information will be collected and analyzed that would not have occurred otherwise. Plus, these contributions also create the opportunity to bring in external peer review, to help guide

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April 2016: 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   Sunday, April 17th MMRG’s Annual Meeting & Silent Auction  12:30pm-4:30pm Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro, NH CLICK HERE for more info. Wednesday, April 20th

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Town Achievements: Kittery’s Spruce Creek Watershed-Based Management Plan and Watershed Improvement Project

Photo of the mid-estuary data sonde location in Spruce Creek – Photo from FB Environmental FB Environmental Associates has been assisting the Town of Kittery, the Spruce Creek Association, and their partners for the last seven years to assess and restore this important, beautiful and impaired estuarine waterbody.  Spruce Creek is impaired for non-point source pollution (septic systems, fecal coliform and runoff). Using the Maine Department of Environmental Protection 319 grants since 2008 the effort

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April 2016: Clean Water Champion, Annie Cox

This month we’re excited to introduce you to our newest Management Committee member, Annie Cox from the Annie Cox  from the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. As the Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Annie helps develop and organize workshops and trainings for professionals working with and making decisions that affect our natural resources.  Annie holds a masters in Ecological Design from the Conway School. She became interested in land use planning issues during her Peace Corps service teaching

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April 2016: Watershed Watch

New Report: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment  By US Global Change Research Program This report finds that “every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.” Drawing from decades of scientific advances regarding the impacts of climate change, the report strengthens our understanding of the significant threat that climate change poses to the health of all Americans. Explore the report HERE.      VIDEO:

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April Feature: Newly Released Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission Report

Newly Released Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission Report After two and a half years of study, the New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission released its draft report for public comment today at a special meeting with coastal area lawmakers at Brown’s Lobster Pound. The draft report, Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation, summarizes New Hampshire’s vulnerabilities to projected coastal flood hazards and puts forth recommendations to minimize risk 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.