State of Our Estuaries: One Year Later

2013_SOOE_ReportCoverIt was a year ago this month, on December 7th that we hosted the 2012 State of Our Estuaries Conference and released the 2013 State of Our Estuaries Report. There was such fantastic energy and excitement in the room that day and the presentations and panel discussions were so rich and valuable. We thought we’d revisit them this month, in case you weren’t able to attend or maybe forgot some highlights.

Over the past year, PREP has worked hard with new partners to expand and improve on our monitoring program.  In the new year the watershed will have high-quality, ortho-rectified imagery of both Great Bay and Hampton Seabrook estuaries.  This imagery will help researchers and communities understand more about the health and extent of our eelgrass beds and salt marshes and the presence of nuisance macroalgae.  Although there is still much more to accomplish in terms of monitoring, we have made important strides in addressing these specific needs as set forth in the 2013 State of Our Estuaries report.

The energy and commitment we felt as a community coming out of the conference is something that we would love to encourage year after year. We are all a part of our Community for Clean Water and togetherwe have the knowledge, ability and strength to come together for clean water solutions. We invite all of our partners, neighbors, friends and readers to continue fostering the energy and keeping inspired. We at PREP want to inspire and support all the good work in any we can. Please shoot us an emailgive us a call or share your ideas on Facebook with us on how we can continue to help accomplish our shared goals to protect and preserve our valuable estuaries.

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.