Durham, NH – November 19, 2012 — The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP), a joint program of local, state and Federal agencies housed in the University of New Hampshire’s Marine Department will host its State of Our Estuaries Conference on Friday December 7 from 8am to 4:30pm at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center.
Highlighting the release of PREP’s 2013 State of Our Estuaries Report, the conference will feature up-to-date information on 22 environmental indicators that contribute to the overall health of the Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine region’s coastal waters.
Themed “Coming Together for Clean Water Solutions” the all-day program will include success stories and case studies from individuals and businesses currently working together to conserve natural areas, reduce pollution, and restore bays and rivers.
“Every three years we develop a State of Our Estuaries report and conference which helps us all better understand the health of our local waters and Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries. We look forward to presenting the 2013 report to such a broad range of stakeholders, partners and sponsors with a focus on solutions to the challenges we face”, said Rachel Rouillard, PREP’s Director.
In addition to featured presentations and a much-anticipated keynote address by Ben Grumbles, President of the US Water Alliance and the former Assistant Administrator for Water at the US EPA, the event will include a panel discussion on the future of water monitoring, public infrastructure upgrades and investments in clean water.
Those interested to learn more about PREP, the State of Our Estuaries Report or would like to register for the conference on Friday, December 7th are encouraged to visit www.StateOfOurEstuaries.org or contact Jill Farrell, PREP’s Community Impact Program Manager at Jill.Farrell@unh.edu.
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 the EPA matching grant and is housed within the University of New Hampshire Marine Program.
About the State of Our Estuaries Report:
Every three years, the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) publishes a State of the Estuaries report in an on-going effort to communicate the status and trends of key environmental indicators for the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries and the Piscataqua Region watersheds. The 2013 State of Our Estuaries reports marks the fourth in the series of reports. This year’s report will feature 22 environmental indicators as well as a two separate complementary publications A Citizen’s Guide to the State of Our Estuaries and A Guide for Municipal Leaders and Legislators all publications will be available for viewing and download after December 7th on www.PREP.unh.edu.