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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said “Yes” to funding the first steps in building a new sewage treatment plant – one that will replace the current, outdated plant that discharges into the Squamscott River, which flows into Great Bay.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…

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Exeter Residents to Vote for Clean Water
by Jeff Barnum

On Tuesday, March 11, residents of Exeter, NH, will have an important opportunity to vote “YES” for clean water. Voting on Article 6, residents will be asked to approve a $5 million bond to begin engineering design of a new sewage treatment plant. Exeter’s current sewage treatment plant is grossly outdated. The much-needed new plant,…

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Faces of Great Bay: David O’Hearn
by Jeff Barnum

David O’Hearn is not easy to reach. If you want to sit down and talk, you need to catch him at work or during a blizzard. Otherwise, he is out doing something on Great Bay. That something does not include talking on a cell phone. David loves to clam, do a little trapping, harvest oysters,…

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A Call to Action to Make Great Bay Estuary GREAT Again!
by Jeff Barnum

Help Wanted – Clean Water Advocates for a Healthy Great Bay Looking for rewarding work that pays low wages (actually zero wages)? If so, I hope you’ll join our growing team of Great Bay Clean Water Advocates. We’re looking for folks from across the Seacoast and southern Maine who want to secure the health of…

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Great Bay Waterkeeper Report for January
by Jeff Barnum

Great News for Great BayThe 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 this…

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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…