January 2016: Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports as well as local, regional and national news. Here is the rundown for January, 2016

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New Research Sheds Light on Mercury Pollution in Estuaries, Food Chain
By: Dartmouth College

Two studies by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues shed new light on mercury pollution in the waters of the northeastern United States, including Great Bay. In the first paper, the researchers studied the production of methylmercury over several years in different environmental conditions in sediments of two sites in Great Bay Estuary. They found that differences in the type of mixing of the sediments (due to worms versus mixing by water currents) and in the kinds and amounts of microorganisms affect the amount of methylmercury in the sediments. In the second paper, the researchers studied methylmercury in sediments and the water column in coastal sites in the northeastern United States.

Read the press release and link to the studies HERE.



VIDEO: How to Lead a Nature Walk
By: The Stewardship Network New England

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A fun video from our friends at The Stewardship Network New England about how to lead a Nature Walk. There’s also a great guide HERE. And one of the best ways to get people to care about the environment is take them out into it! So don your warm hat & mittens and get out there!

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.