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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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Conservation Matters Fall 2017

We are at a defining moment in the effort to avert the threat of climate catastrophe. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord has put the United States on the wrong side of history. With renewed urgency, CLF is escalating our work to develop legally binding climate laws, like the one we helped create and enforce here in Massachusetts, in every New England state.

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The Great Dam Is History
by Jeff Barnum

New Hampshire is not a huge state. But, it is home to almost 5,000 dams – some active, some in disrepair, and some abandoned. That large number can now be reduced by one. The Great Dam in Exeter is no more. Great Bay is fed by seven freshwater rivers – and now two are without head-of-tide dams. In 1638,…

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Volunteers Come Together on Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Last week, two dozen enthusiastic and very capable volunteers from Timberland joined me and other kayakers to remove debris from the shores of Little Bay. Staff from Seven Rivers Paddling in Newmarket supplied kayaks and expertise. Staging for the event was arranged by Sean McKenna at Great Bay Marine in Newington. This was the second…

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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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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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Video: Nitrogen Reductions Around Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

A weight of evidence has made clear that excessive nitrogen is detrimental to the health of Great Bay, with vast acreages of eelgrass – the cornerstone of the ecosystem – having disappeared. In fact, it would be highly unlikely to find any eelgrass at all from New Castle all the way upriver and to Adams…

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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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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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In Exeter, Another Vote for Clean Water
by Jeff Barnum

By a wide margin, the citizens of Exeter, New Hampshire, recently rejected a move to reduce the size of wetland buffers in their community. As I discussed in a recent blog, buffers are an important tool for protecting both the health of our wetlands and water quality. Considering the significant challenges facing our Great Bay…