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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 Exeter’s current sewage treatment plant is grossly outdated.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 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…