About the State of Our Estuaries

PREP’s State of The Estuaries Reports  Every five years, PREP produces a State of the Estuaries Report that examines environmental indicators of estuarine health, such as bacteria levels, nutrient concentrations, toxic contaminant levels, abundance of shellfish, and land use in the coastal watershed. By examining long-term data sets compiled from a variety of organizations, the report describes the current status of Southeastern New Hampshire and Southern Maine’s estuaries and suggests trends for the future. The report is designed to provide readers with an accurate understanding of environmental trends for the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries so that they may make informed land use and resource management decisions.

The 2013 State of Our Estuaries was released on December 7, 2012 with a Conference attended by over 250 people.

The next State of the Estuaries will be released on December 8th, 2017. Stay tuned to this page for the latest on the development of the 2018 State of Our Estuaries!

View past reports here.


State of Our Estuaries 2013

State of Our Estuaries 2013


Environmental Data Report 2012

Environmental Data Report 2012


2013 Policy Handbook

2013 Policy Handbook


2013 Citizen's Guide

2013 Citizen’s Guide

2013 State of Our Estuaries Conference Presentations

Conference Program (Download PDF)


Click here to watch PREP’s Videos of the conference.

Presentations in PDF format

Below are links to PDFs of the 2013 State of Our Estuaries Conference presentations. If you need a higher resolution PDF, please contact Jill Farrell.

Ben Grumbles, Keynote Address: Water’s Three Biggest Threats & Opportunities

Gregg Caporossi and Robin Mower: The Oyster River Initiative

Tracy Degnan: Goss Farm, Partnerships in Preservation and Restoration

Linda Schier and Jon Samuelson: Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance, Water Quality Protection‐It’s Everyone’s Job

Dave Sharples: Protecting Drinking Water with Land Protection and Smart Development Policy

Forrest Bell, FB Environmental Associates and Phyllis Ford: Using Science and Landowner Engagement to Restore Clean Water in Spruce Creek, Kittery, Maine

Ray Konisky: Community-Based Oyster Restoration in New Hampshire

Thomas P. Ballestero: Restoring an Urban Stream at the Neighborhood Scale: Berry’s Brook, Dover, NH

Jonathan Pennock: The Value of Investing in LongTerm Monitoring and Directed Research

Our Sponsors


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.