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Nitrogen Denial in the Great Bay Estuary
by Melissa Paly

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Estuary is an incredible place. It’s home to numerous fish and bird species and provides spectacular fishing, boating, and recreation for the people of New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond. But persistent high levels of nitrogen pollution have disrupted these waters, and while progress is being made, some municipal officials are fighting against the changes that can save Great Bay.

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Can Eelgrass Help in the Fight Against Climate Change?
by Ben Levenson

When showing visitors around the Great Bay estuary in CLF’s Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel, it can be challenging to drum up enthusiasm for eelgrass. This unique type of seagrass resides beneath the surface of the water and is hard to see. But this amazing organism plays a major role in the health of the estuary’s…

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Progress on Newmarket’s Sewage Treatment Plant Means Clean Water Ahead
by Jeff Barnum

Last week I visited Newmarket to see first-hand the progress being made on the town’s new sewage treatment plant. In 2013, the town’s citizens voted to bond the cost of a new plant that would adhere to EPA permit requirements that – for the first time – will result in dramatic reductions in nitrogen pollution.…

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Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper Vessel Launched for 2016!
by Jeff Barnum

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper vessel is back on the water for its third season.  Following our launch earlier this month, the weather did not cooperate until last week. Interest is keen from folks who want to climb aboard and explore Great Bay and the Piscataqua River to identify and discuss the challenges facing our local…

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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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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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Great Bay is Cleaner Today
by Jeff Barnum

On August 13th, Seven Rivers Paddling of Newmarket and Timberland of Stratham teamed up with Jeff Barnum, CLF’s Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper, to patrol several areas of the estuary, picking up whatever refuse they could find. “Great Bay is an estuary of national significance – one of only 28 in the U.S. – and deserves our…

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Local Engagement, Local Waters
by Jeff Barnum

As Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper, I consider local public engagement to be key to restoring the health of the Great Bay estuary, and it’s a major part of my work. But even for those already aware of the value of our local waters and the challenges of achieving clean water, getting engaged often is not easy. People…