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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…

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Can Eelgrass Help in the Fight Against Climate Change?
by Ben Levenson

When showing visitors around the Great Bay estuary in CLF’s Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel, it can be challenging to drum up enthusiasm for eelgrass. This unique type of seagrass resides beneath the surface of the water and is hard to see. But this amazing organism plays a major role in the health of the estuary’s…

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Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper Vessel Launched for 2016!
by Jeff Barnum

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel is back on the water for its third season.  Following our launch earlier this month, the weather did not cooperate until last week. Interest is keen from folks who want to climb aboard and explore Great Bay and the Piscataqua River to identify and discuss the challenges facing our local…

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Executive Council OK’s Loan for Upgrades to Portsmouth Sewage Treatment Plant

… “This is a very significant and positive development for water quality in Portsmouth Harbor, the Piscataqua River and for the larger Great Bay Estuary,” said Tom Irwin, vice president and director of the Conservation Law Foundation in New Hampshire. The CLF has intervened in the city’s permitting process with the Environmental Protection Agency over…

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Think Twice Before Fertilizing
by Jeff Barnum

Most all of us have lawns or landscapes to maintain around our homes – and even if we don’t, we make use of public green spaces like parks and playing fields. Perhaps we do not give much thought to how all of those grassed areas are managed, but we should! They should be free of…

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Another Critical Seacoast Vote for Clean Water
by Jeff Barnum

In a major victory for clean water, Portsmouth voted last week to fund major upgrades to its Peirce Island wastewater treatment plant – a facility that has been polluting the Piscataqua River for far too long. This vote comes on the heels of important local votes in Exeter to approve a $49.5 million bond for…