Board Empowerment Series

PREP is partnering with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR), The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions,  and the Natural Resource Outreach Coalition for a pilot project to offer technical assistance related to board empowerment across the Piscataqua Region watershed. Recognizing that many board members are volunteers donating their time to their communities, the series is a two pronged approach for building both skills and empowerment of town boards. Trainings are designed to be transferrable, and material is presented by peers or through existing knowledge transfer infrastructure. 2016-2017 is the pilot year for the Municipal Board Empowerment Series and will include four workshops.
For questions or more information contact Technical Assistance Program Manager, Abigail Lyon via email ( or at (603) 862-3729.  

Workshop #5: Conversation with a Municipal Attorney

October 18, 2017 4:30-6:30 PM
Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH

Have you ever wondered what your legal protections are while serving as a member of a municipal board or commission? What about your protections from an implied or overt threat of lawsuit over a decision you made as a municipal board member? If you answered yes, join us for a conversation with Robert P. Sullivan, Portsmouth City Attorney. Attorney Sullivan will address these and other legal concerns you have in your role as a municipal board or commission member. Have other legal concerns? Bring your questions on Wednesday, October 18 for the fifth installment of the Board Empowerment Series.

Registration is free, with a $5 suggested donation. Contact Steve Miller ( to register with your name, position, organization, and contact information (email and phone).

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.