Watershed Watch: October 2013

Watershed Watch 
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.
Prepare. Protect. Portsmouth.
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan
By: City of Portsmouth & Partners

The City of Portsmouth was one of five communities selected for a pilot program with $30,000 in funding from the Gulf of Maine Council, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This grant funded a research study, The “Coastal Resilience Initiative” prepared for the City by a team of researchers from the University of New Hampshire and the Rockingham Planning Commission. This detailed, 50-page report provides the starting point for understanding the impacts of climate change and offers a number of possible adaptation measures that the City can take over time to protect private property and public infrastructure. The City also has built an interactive website for citizens to explore the maps, data and the full the report.
Visit the website
Read the full report
VIDEO: Volunteer Monitoring of American eels
By: NH Sea Grant
Monitoring American eels in N.H. rivers
Monitoring American eels in N.H. rivers
A great video from NH Sea Grant on the Coastal Research Volunteers and the NH Fish & Game Dept. partnership to monitor American eels in the Lamprey River. Great example of the power of citizen science at work!

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.