November 2016: TAC Process Update

As part of PREP’s ongoing commitment to transparency, trust building and strong science we will use this space in each newsletter to update you on our Technical Advisory Committee process. If you’d like to be on the mailing list for the TAC to be notified of meetings, etc. please email

TAC Meeting Number 2 – October 28th, Portsmouth NHDES Offices 

September’s meeting notes are now online – click here.

All the primer materials for October’s meeting are online.

October’s meeting notes should be online by 11/11/16.

The October 28th meeting notes will prove quite interesting to those who could not make it. Topics included:

  • Whether to include eelgrass biomass as well as percent cover in the next Data Report
  • Why folks often use the year 1996 as a reference point for eelgrass
  • Different perspectives on the 2014 Peer Review co-sponsored by the Municipal Coalition and DES. (One of the Peer Reviewers, Jud Kenworthy, attended the meeting and offered his thoughts!)
  • What we know and don’t know about seaweed (macroalgae) in the Great Bay? Is it increasing? By how much? What else do we need to know? What should we be more concerned with…seaweed in the intertidal (areas exposed at low tide) or seaweed in the subtidal (areas always under water)?

PREP anticipates that the next meeting will take place in mid-December. Stay tuned!

To explore more about the TAC process and to review materials, agendas, meeting summaries and more CLICK HERE

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.