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Portsmouth to Proceed with Long-Awaited, New Sewage Treatment Plant
by Jeff Barnum

The Portsmouth, New Hampshire, City Council recently reaffirmed its commitment to build a new sewage treatment plant at the site of the present antiquated facility on Peirce Island. Completion of the long-awaited upgrade may still be a few years away, though it could have happened sooner if the City had elected to shift its plans…

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A Healthy Approach to Lawn Care
by Jeff Barnum

Is the organic approach to lawn care and the movement against the use of chemical pesticides becoming mainstream? That seemed to be the case recently when more than 100 folks attended two events – one in York, Maine, and the second next door in Ogunquit – hosted by Scott Eldredge, owner of Eldredge Lumber and Hardware. Jay Feldman, director of…

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Rainbow Smelt Declining in Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Are we losing yet another piece of our Great Bay ecosystem? After two winter seasons of declines in rainbow smelt, most recreational fishermen would likely say “yes.” The smelt run seems to be going the way of the Great Bay oyster – downward. Every winter, ice fishermen haul their shacks onto the rivers feeding Great Bay to await the return…

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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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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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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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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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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…