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 Planning Commission (RPC) since 1981 and has served as its Executive Director since 1988. Throughout his planning career, Cliff has served as an appointed member on numerous statewide committees, task forces, and commissions and has deservedly received numerous accolades for his distinguished service, including the Rotary International-2016 Paul Harris Fellow award and the NH Planners Association – 2015 Professional Planner of the Year award. Perhaps Cliff’s capstone career achievement was his most recent work with the NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission. His direction as Chair of the Commission exemplifies his commitment to bringing forward the best available climate science for NH to guide critical decisions about how coastal municipalities might adapt to future flood risks. Cliff’s diligence, expertise, and poise will be sorely missed as he plans to take his retirement later this year. It is with the utmost gratitude that we thank him for his dedicated service and commitment to making NH’s coastal region economically, environmentally and culturally more resilient.​

Paul Stacey, Research Coordinator, Great Bay NERR
Paul Stacey is retiring from the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on July 1st, after serving as the Research Coordinator for over six years. Paul came to New Hampshire with 26 years of experience managing and monitoring water quality and watershed health in Connecticut. His vast experience and knowledge has been an incredible asset to partners in New Hampshire and New England, and his kind and welcoming demeanor made him a pleasure to work with. Always encouraging people to think big picture, consider the entire watershed, and approach our work from an ecosystem perspective; Paul’s intellectual impact will continue to influence estuarine science and management in New Hampshire for a long time.  Good luck Paul, you will be missed.
Jeff Barnum, Great Bay/Piscataqua Waterkeeper, Conservation Law Foundation

Jeff Barnum, CLF’s Waterkeeper for the past four years, did a terrific job engaging the public to support clean water.  Highlights of his work include generating public support for major, much-needed investments in upgrading sewage treatment plants in Exeter and Portsmouth; supporting local efforts to protect wetland setbacks and enact fertilizer ordinances; exposing the presence of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in Berry’s Brook and other surface waters; and mobilizing concerned citizens.  With Jeff now enjoying a well-deserved retirement – which hopefully will find him with a fly-rod in his hand with some frequency – Melissa Paly has stepped into the role of Waterkeeper. Learn more about Melissa in our July edition of Downstream.

Thank you to Julie LaBranche, Cory Riley, and Dorene Hartford for the kind words for each.

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.