Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper

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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Waterkeeper program have been engaged for several years in efforts to end pollution from the city of Portsmouth’s outdated, 4.5 million-gallon-per-day Peirce Island wastewater treatment plant.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…

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New Hampshire

Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthy Communities for the People of New Hampshire With its weathered White Mountains, stunning lakes, rivers, and coast, historic villages and thriving urban centers, New Hampshire offers an unparalleled quality of life – and it’s a place we’re proud to call home. Our Solutions For decades, CLF has fought for…

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Clean Water

We are protecting clean water in New England – for today and for future generations Here in New England, water is a way of life. Our rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean boost our economy, inspire our play, and enrich our heritage. Our Solutions For 50 years, CLF has fought to keep New England’s waters clean and…

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Exeter Forges Ahead on the Fertilizer Front
by Jeff Barnum

The Healthy Lawns-Clean Water committee in Exeter, NH, is forging ahead with new fertilizer restrictions in the town. Established by the Town and funded by a grant from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP), interested folks – myself included – have convened numerous times to give serious thought to how to reduce nitrogen discharge in…

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New Hampshire Oil Spill Practice Deployment
by Jeff Barnum

What happens if there is an oil spill at a power plant or distributor on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth or Newington, New Hampshire? If the first responders at these facilities fail to immediately control the spill, who responds as that oil moves upriver and into Little Bay and Great Bay? Enter the New Hampshire…

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Video: Nitrogen Reductions Around Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

A weight of evidence has made clear that excessive nitrogen is detrimental to the health of Great Bay, with vast acreages of eelgrass – the cornerstone of the ecosystem – having disappeared. In fact, it would be highly unlikely to find any eelgrass at all from New Castle all the way upriver and to Adams…