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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…

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EPA settlement terms best path forward
by Tom Irwin

Dear Mayor Blalock and City Council members: Conservation Law Foundation and its Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper program have been engaged for several years in efforts to end pollution from the city of Portsmouth’s outdated, 4.5 million-gallon-per-day Peirce Island wastewater treatment plant. As you know, the facility is one of a small number of wastewater…

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Kudos to Exeter – A Victory for Clean Water
by Jeff Barnum

This week’s vote in Exeter, New Hampshire, was a pivotal one for the health of the Great Bay estuary, showing once again how much Seacoast residents care about clean water. At stake was the funding for a new sewage treatment facility and the adoption of nitrogen fertilizer regulations. Exeter residents stepped up in a big…

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Important votes to protect our Seacoast waters
by Jeff Barnum

The city of Portsmouth has the opportunity to finally construct a modern sewage treatment plant to protect the Piscataqua River and other important waters in our Great Bay estuary. After a public hearing on Monday evening, March 7, the City Council will vote on the second reading of a bond that will finance the construction…