Watershed Watch: March 2013

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.

Picking Our Battles: Enhancing Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects
By: NH Fish & Game

With the help of over 120 different community members, NH Fish & Game has developed town customized priority strategies for invasive plant management and has launched it on a new interactive website. The battle against invasives is a shared battle and this resource will help in making a real difference across the state in effecting long term restoration. There will also be a support document that helps prioritize from the landscape scale down to the single tract level. The website is live and will be building content over the next couple of weeks.

Check out this valuable resource here
New Hampshire’s Climate: Past & Future Changes  
By: Carbon Solutions New England & Great Bay Stewards
ThNew Hampshire's Climateis 2-page overview flyer highlights the main findings in the 2011
full report from the University of New Hampshire entitledClimate Change in the Great Bay/Piscataqua Region: Past, Present & Future. The report finds that the rate of change for the region’s climate has sped up over the last 4 decades and New England is getting warmer and wetter. The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) has been extremely active on the issue of climate change in Seacoast, NH and Maine. The group has a great blog & resources site which is worth a visit.
View the 2-page overview of the Study here
Connect with NHCAW here
Download the entire report here 
Sustainable Water Jobs  
By: The Pacific Institute
sustainable-waterThis comprehensive study just rleased finds that proactive investments increasing efficient water use and re-use will both address growing problems associated with droughts, flooding and contamination and create jobs in a wide range of professions. The
 study identifies 136 different kinds of jobs involved in
 implementing sustainable water strategies, from plumbers to landscapers, engineers to irrigation specialists. The report also identifies numerous sustainable water occupations that are accessible to workers without advanced degrees. The study finds that an investment of $1 million in alternative water supply projects yields 10-15 jobs; in stormwater management, 5-20 jobs, in urban conservation & efficiency, 12-22 jobs and in restoration and remediation, 10-72 jobs.
Download and read the full report here.
 
Read the Executive Summary here.
 
Read the Press Release here
 
Lessons Learned from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program  
By: US EPA
LessonsLearnedThe brochure  highlights the results and lessons learned from 9 Climate Ready Estuaries
projects that are underway or have been completed in the New England Region – including PREP’s culvert work in the Oyster River Watershed and the COAST project in the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary.
The Climate Ready Estuaries program works with the National  Estuary Programs (NEP) and the  coastal management community  to: (1) assess climate change  vulnerabilities, (2) develop  and implement adaptation  strategies, and (3) engage and educate stakeholders. CRE  shares NEP examples to help  other coastal managers, and  provides technical guidance and assistance about climate change adaptation.
Read the Brochure here.

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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