Watershed Watch: September 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.
Return of the River Herring: Restored Access Leads to Record Runs up the Lamprey River
By: Michael Dionne, NH Fish & Game

The wild and scenic Lamprey River could soon be home to one of the strongest river herring runs on the Atlantic seaboard. Herring spend most of their life in the ocean, but migrate into freshwater rivers along the coast to spawn. Thanks to recent restoration efforts with the Wiswall Dam Fish Ladder construction, the 2013 herring return season could be the best yet!

To read all about this great restoration success CLICK HERE.
Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas 
By: Union of Concerned Scientists
This newly released report focuses on insurance issues related to coastal storms, flooding and sea level rise. It discusses problems with the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA flood risk maps, and provides recommendations for improvements that would better reflect the risks and realities of climate change.
The report also makes some recommendations to help address the equity concerns that may arise from increased insurance rates. It includes short case studies for Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire and New Jersey.
Download the Full Report
Connect to local action on Climate Change with the NHCAW 
Durham’s Third Way: One Great Bay Community Blazing a New Trail to Clean Water?
By: Sam Evans-Brown, NH Public Radio
A fantastic feature from NHPR about Durham’s efforts on controlling storm water and addressing nitrogen inputs into the estuary. It explores all sides of the Great Bay nitrogen issue and features Durham’s “green approach” to dealing with storm water, the EPA’s regulations and the legal fight with other communities. Definitely worth a listen!

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.