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Clean Water Advocates are Onboard for the Great Bay Estuary
by Jeff Barnum

Last year, in our ongoing work to engage the public in our efforts to protect the Great Bay estuary, we established a network of local residents who care about water – Clean Water Advocates for Great Bay. Since that time, members of the Clean Water Advocates group have helped ensure the success of an important…

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Peirce Island’s Plume of Pollution Closes Great Bay Estuary Shellfish Beds
by Jeff Barnum

What do you get when you have an antiquated sewage treatment plant near clams, mussels, and oysters? The answer: shellfish that may not be safe to eat. Responding to the results of a joint dye study with the Food and Drug Administration, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has immediately closed and/or restricted the…

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First Season on the Water with the Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper
by Jeff Barnum

With the comfortable boating season at an end, the Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel was removed from the water at the end of the October. It was a good couple of months on Great Bay and the Piscataqua River, with the vessel providing an excellent platform to introduce municipal and state officials, funders, and the press…

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New Hampshire’s Oil Spill Response Team Preps for the Worst-Case Scenario
by Jeff Barnum

Ever since 1859 when the first commercial oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania, oil spills have become an unfortunate fact of life. In the spring of 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground and spewed 11 million gallons into Prince William Sound. I have held a grudge ever since, and, without exception, never purchase fuel…

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Launching a New Phase of the Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper Program
by Jeff Barnum

The Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel will be launched in the next week or so amidst absolutely no fanfare. The reason? We first need to take it out for a shakedown cruise and equipment tests. Many folks have spent considerable time and effort raising funds to purchase the 20-foot, center-console Key West skiff from Port Harbor…

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Summertime Is Not the Time to Fertilize Your Lawn!
by Jeff Barnum

Indeed, maybe you shouldn’t fertilize at all. I do not believe that my Dad ever put anything on our lawn. The neighbors never complained that we weren’t keeping up with the Joneses and we kids were thrilled not to have to mow it as often. If you ever pushed a reel mower, you know why.…

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Cleaning Up Industrial Pollution in Portsmouth
by Jeff Barnum

For several years, CLF has been working to eliminate illegal, toxic stormwater pollution from Grimmel Industries’ massive scrap-metal operation located on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. Grimmel’s operation has taken place at the Market Street Terminal, owned by the State of New Hampshire but administered by Pease Development Authority (PDA). In a…

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Getting Out on Great Bay Estuary
by Jeff Barnum

Our Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program has made terrific progress in protecting our amazing Great Bay estuary, and we’re making real progress toward our immediate goal of acquiring and launching a Waterkeeper vessel! If you haven’t already heard, we’re in the midst of a campaign to raise $25,000 by June 1, to enable us to purchase,…

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Great News for Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Great news from Exeter, New Hampshire: On Tuesday, the 11, 78% of registered voters said “Yes” to funding the first steps in building a new sewage treatment plant – one that will replace the current, outdated plant that discharges into the Squamscott River, which flows into Great Bay. The $5 million bond issue for planning…