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The Great Dam Is History
by Jeff Barnum

New Hampshire is not a huge state. But, it is home to almost 5,000 dams – some active, some in disrepair, and some abandoned. That large number can now be reduced by one. The Great Dam in Exeter is no more. Great Bay is fed by seven freshwater rivers – and now two are without head-of-tide dams. In 1638,…

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New Hampshire’s Berry’s Brook Tests Positive for Toxic Chemicals

“When Coakley Landfill was shut down three decades ago, PFC contamination and the severe threat it posed to surrounding neighborhoods was left wholly unaddressed,” said Jeff Barnum. “And in the years since, the day-to-day operations of Pease Air Force Base and Pease Tradeport have only made matters worse. In communities built around the water where so many families rely on private wells, the significant presence of any carcinogens should raise alarm bells. We cannot afford to wait any longer to begin educating our neighbors about this serious health risk and taking action to make our water safe and clean.”

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Portsmouth’s deal with EPA on sewer plant approved

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro approved the deal, which includes the state of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Justice and the Conservation Law Foundation, on Thursday…   …Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said the group is “pleased that both in his order and in comments from the bench that…

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My Latest Column: Let’s Celebrate! It’s National Estuaries Week
by Jeff Barnum

What do you get when you combine Great Bay, Little Bay, the Piscataqua River and tributaries, and the Hampton-Seabrook estuary? Answer: estuaries of national significance – taken together they are one of only 28 designated, as such, in all of the United States. And, in case you didn’t know, September 17–24 is National Estuaries Week.…

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My Latest Column: Can the Great Bay Ecosystem Rebound?
by Jeff Barnum

This blog was first published as part of my regular column on SeacoastOnline.com. I’m an optimist. And whenever I am asked whether the Great Bay ecosystem will rebound to its historic, healthy condition, my answer has always been “Yes.” While I remain optimistic, however, there is real cause for concern. At the heart of that…

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CLF Takes on Rampant Water Pollution at Pease International

Zak Griefen, CLF’s Environmental Enforcement Litigator, commented, “Stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to Great Bay and our seacoast communities, yet the Pease Development Authority has gone unchecked while pouring toxic chemicals into these already-endangered waters. That stops today. When anyone threatens the health of water, our wildlife and our people, they must be forced to answer for that neglect.”

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Exeter Removes Great Dam
by Jeff Barnum

New Hampshire is not a huge state. But, it is home to almost 5,000 dams – some active, some in disrepair, and some abandoned. That large number can now be reduced by one. The Great Dam in Exeter is no more. Great Bay is fed by seven freshwater rivers – and now two are without head-of-tide dams. In 1638,…

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Volunteers Come Together on Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Last week, two dozen enthusiastic and very capable volunteers from Timberland joined me and other kayakers to remove debris from the shores of Little Bay. Staff from Seven Rivers Paddling in Newmarket supplied kayaks and expertise. Staging for the event was arranged by Sean McKenna at Great Bay Marine in Newington. This was the second…