Conservation Management Plan

Currently, PREP is implementing the 2010 Piscataqua Region Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) which is an update of the 2000 CCMP that addresses current and emerging issues impacting the water quality and environmental health of estuaries in the Piscataqua Region. The 10-year plan includes seven goals, 35 objectives, and 82 action plans that were developed through an extensive 18-month process involving 159 stakeholders representing federal and state resource management agencies, nongovernment organizations, industry, legislators, and the 52 communities of the Piscataqua Region. Action plans are categorized by critical theme areas, including water resources, land use and habitat protection, living resources and habitat restoration, and watershed stewardship.

2010 Piscataqua Region Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

The CCMP is not a static plan, but one that is adaptive and requires periodic updates. Over the last decade, environmental conditions have changed, new issues have emerged, and innovative approaches have been developed. PREP also expanded its focus area to include the Maine portion of the Great Bay Estuary watershed. These factors prompted PREP to update its 200 CCMP in 2009.

With funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Piscataqua Region, PREP hired a consultant to manage the CCMP update process. In the first half of 2009, PREP convened nine stakeholder meetings to review goals and objectives and identify priority actions. PREP also held separate meetings with representatives from two New Hampshire agencies and five Maine agencies. Information gathered from stakeholder and agency meetings was coalesced into 91 detailed action plans in the CCMP. A draft plan was released for review in December 2009.

The CCMP covers the coastal watershed areas in New Hampshire and Maine for the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary and Great Bay Estuary. It is designed to provide a cohesive, regional approach for agencies, municipalities, conservation organizations, watershed groups, and others that have an interest in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems.

CLICK HERE to download the 2010-2020 CCMP.

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.