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Great Bay Waterkeeper Report for January
by Jeff Barnum

Great News for Great Bay The Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) recently handed down an important decision upholding a Clean Water Act permit for the Town of Newmarket’s sewage treatment plant – a permit that will require much needed nitrogen pollution controls. Dover and Rochester appealed the permit (against Newmarket’s wishes – residents there voted earlier…

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Environmental Appeals Board Affirms Newmarket Clean Water Act Permit
by Jeff Barnum

As we have reported in the past, reducing nitrogen pollution from sewage treatment plants is an essential and urgently needed step toward restoring the health of the Great Bay estuary. I’m pleased to report an important decision that will keep the estuary on the path to recovery: the Environmental Appeals Board’s affirmation of a Clean…

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Can Great Bay Oysters be Saved for a Healthier Estuary?
by Jeff Barnum

In a recent blog, I discussed our work to clean up toxic stormwater pollution from the massive scrap metal facility on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth.  One important outcome of our work was to secure funding from the operator of that facility, through EPA, for an oyster and eelgrass restoration project in…

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Success for Great Bay Estuary, But More Progress is Needed in Action Against Grimmel Industries
by Jeff Barnum

For quite some time now, we’ve had significant concerns about industrial stormwater pollution flowing into the Piscataqua River from the massive scrap metal facility operated by Grimmel Industries. As a result of these concerns – including toxic discharges containing PCBs and mercury – CLF successfully engaged the attention of EPA, which required Grimmel to clean…

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Keeping Up the Good Work on Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Until recently, Peter Wellenberger served as the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper. The program, with a full-time water advocate dedicated solely to protecting Great Bay, Little Bay, the Piscataqua River and all the waters comprising the Great Bay estuary, was an important new undertaking for Conservation Law Foundation. Realizing that the estuary really needed a visible clean…

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Cleaning Up Great Bay – One Volunteer at a Time
by Peter Wellenberger

If you look around the Seacoast, you will discover some remarkable volunteers helping to protect the Great Bay estuary. Recognizing that stormwater is a major source of nitrogen pollution, these volunteers are leading the way to cleaner water by simply lending a hand. Durham is one Great Bay community implementing innovative solutions to reduce stormwater pollution.…

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Great Bay Waterkeeper- New Study Confirms We Are All Responsible
by Peter Wellenberger

The NH Department of Environmental Services recently released its long-awaited draft Great Bay Non-Point Source Nitrogen Study, providing a breakdown of the sources of nitrogen pollution in the estuary, and additional insights on how to improve and protect water quality. According to the draft study, the Great Bay estuary receives, on average, a total load…

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Golfing Green on the Seacoast
by Peter Wellenberger

At the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club in North Hampton, maintaining grass is a science. And that’s a very good thing. Did you know there are six golf courses in just the Winnicut River watershed alone?  And that’s just one small portion of the estuary. It should come as no surprise that fertilizer is considered one of…

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Rainbow Smelt: A Great Bay Species in Decline
by Peter Wellenberger

The rainbow smelt is a small anadromous (migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn) fish that spends its winter in estuaries like Great Bay. Each spring, smelt head upstream to spawn and were once so plentiful that farmers caught them by the barrelful. They had enough to eat, use as bait and spread…

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A Powerful Vote for Clean Water
by Peter Wellenberger

Residents of Newmarket, New Hampshire went to the polls on Tuesday and sent a powerful message: that clean water is essential, and that we need to make needed investments to support it. Up for vote yesterday was a warrant article to fund the $14 million construction of a major upgrade to the town’s sewage treatment…