Your Estuary

The Great Bay Estuary is home to more than 162 species of birds, fish and plants.

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Installing a rain barrel at the bottom of your gutter’s downspout can save you about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.

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The Great Bay Estuary was formed by melting glaciers that covered most of New England more than 14,000 years ago.

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Joining PREP’s community outreach organization, the Citizen Action Coalition (CAC) is a great way to learn more about how to protect the places we love.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated The Great Bay as one of only 28 nationally recognized “estuaries of significance” in 1995.

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The PREP works with research organizations, municipal leaders, businesses and residents to protect & preserve water sources in 52 Seacoast Communities in Maine & NH.

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Stormwater runoff that passes over roads, sidewalks, driveways and yards – picking up oil, grease, metals, soaps and yard chemicals along the way is one of the biggest sources of water pollution.

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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.

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