Citizen’s Resources

A primary source of pollution to our region’s estuaries is stormwater runoff. In New Hampshire stormwater contributes to over 80% of the surface water quality pollution impairments

Would you do any of these things in water?

Would you do any of these things in water?

Everyone has stormwater. That’s right, you have stormwater in your own yard. Your roof, driveway, and other hard surfaces create stormwater. The way you manage and care for your property  and the stormwater it creates can impact the entire Piscataqua Region watershed. Actions that seem harmless, such as hosing down  your driveway instead of sweeping it or using an  entire bag of fertilizer on your lawn instead of only  the amount it needs can cause excess stormwater runoff and can result in pollutants being washed into nearby streams and ponds. Small, simple changes in the way we manage our  properties can have a big impact and help protect and restore Great Bay and Hampton Seabrook estuaries.

 Here are some valuable resources from PREP partners you can explore to help increase your knowledge about stormwater pollution and guidance on how to prevent it.

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NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management: Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions for your Home

From NH Department of Environmental Services, this guide has tips, plans and specs on do-it-yourself solutions for managing stormwater on your property.
Format: Booklet
Intended Audience:  community residents
Audience Benefits: offers the what, how, why
 NH Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management (download PDF)

Rain Garden Installation Training

Rain gardens are beautiful as well as functional! Discover the benefits of rain gardens as small-scale stormwater management features and learn how to install and maintain one.
Format:  presentation and optional training for on-the-ground installation of a rain garden
Intended Audience:  community members, municipal staff, professional landscapers
Audience Benefits: offers the what, how, how much
Rain-Gardens  Sustainable Landscapes and Turf, UNH Cooperative Extension

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge

This program offers shoreland properties owners (and those working on the property) suggestions for managing drainage, plant selection, landscape design and landscaping practices that benefit  water quality and the health of the shoreland ecosystem.
Format:  workshop and publication
Intended Audience: professional landscapers, builders, developers, engineers and designers
Audience Benefits: offers the what, how, why
Landscaping at the Water’s Edge, Sustainable Landscapes and Turf, UNH Cooperative Extension

Green Grass – Clean Water – Water Quality Friendly Lawncare

Learn the latest recommendations on turf care and maintenance for do-it-yourselfers interested in protecting water quality by reducing nutrient losses from lawns.
Format:  workshop, community presentation and publication
Intended Audience: community residents, shoreland property owners, professional landscapers
Audience Benefits: offers the what, how, why
Environmentally-Friendly Lawn Care (download pdf)

Lawns to Lobsters

Provides a grassroots lawn sign campaign and education on ten steps homeowners can take to have a beautiful lawn without harming the waterways.
Format:  public outreach campaign
Intended Audience:  community residents, landscapers
Audience Benefits: offers what, how, why
Lawns to Lobsters Environmentally sound lawn care practices to protect and improve water quality in York’s rivers and ocean

Soak up the Rain Training – How to Install Do-it-Yourself Stormwater Best Management Practices

Using the NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management: Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions for Your Home, program teaches how to conduct a site evaluation, develop a stormwater plan, and install simple, cost effective DIY stormwater treatment practices on residential and small commercial properties
Format: training workshop, publication and website
Intended Audience:  community boards, municipal staff, professional landscapers, and community residents
Audience Benefits: offers the what, how, why
Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire 

Think Blue

Outreach campaign borrowed from Maine and San Diego designed to provide simple messages and tools that citizens can implement to reduce their contribution to stormwater pollution.
Format:  public outreach campaign
Intended Audience:  community residents
Audience Benefits: offers how, why
Think Blue Maine

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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