The following actions are critical:

  1. Increase naturally vegetated buffers adjacent to all streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, estuaries, and wetlands to a minimum of 100’ from the water resource.
  2. Increase setback requirements for septic systems and primary structures to at least 100’ from all streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, estuaries, and wetlands.
  3. Adopt regulations preventing the application of fertilizer within 100’ of all streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, estuaries, and wetlands.
  4. Adopt model stormwater management regulations.
  5. Conduct a climate vulnerability assessment to prepare for community impacts resulting from more frequent storm events and associated flooding.
  6. Increase land conservation efforts.  Work with landowners interested in voluntary land conservation.  Many communities in the watershed complete an Open Space Plan and/or Natural Resource Inventory that identifies town-specific conservation priorities.

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town-by-town ACTION PLANS:

Cocheco River Subwatershed

Barrington, Dover, Farmington, New Durham, Rochester, Rollinsford, Strafford
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Exeter-Squamscott River Subwatershed

Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Exeter, Fremont, Kensington, Kingston, Newfields, Sandown, Stratham
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Hampton-Seabrook Subwatershed

Hampton, Hampton Falls, Seabrook
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Lamprey River Subwatershed

Candia, Deerfield, Epping, Newmarket, Northwood, Nottingham, Raymond
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Oyster-Bellamy River Watershe

Durham, Madbury, Lee
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Salmon Falls River Subwatershed

Acton, Berwick, Brookfield, Lebanon, Middleton, Milton, North Berwick, Sanford, Somersworth, South Berwick, Wakefield
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Winnicut & Coastal Subwatershed

Eliot, Greenland, Kittery, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye
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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.