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Guest Blog: We Are All “Invested” in New Hampshire’s Water
by Mindi Messmer

Mindi Messmer represents the Seacoast towns of Rye and New Castle in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives. She has been an environmental consultant for 25 years, working with businesses, banks, and the U.S. government on the presence of environmental contaminants. This blog was originally published as an article in Less Cancer Journal. I am a…

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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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My Latest Column: Let’s Celebrate! It’s National Estuaries Week
by Jeff Barnum

What do you get when you combine Great Bay, Little Bay, the Piscataqua River and tributaries, and the Hampton-Seabrook estuary? Answer: estuaries of national significance – taken together they are one of only 28 designated, as such, in all of the United States. And, in case you didn’t know, September 17–24 is National Estuaries Week.…

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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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Think Twice Before Fertilizing
by Jeff Barnum

Most all of us have lawns or landscapes to maintain around our homes – and even if we don’t, we make use of public green spaces like parks and playing fields. Perhaps we do not give much thought to how all of those grassed areas are managed, but we should! They should be free of…

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New Hampshire Oil Spill Practice Deployment
by Jeff Barnum

What happens if there is an oil spill at a power plant or distributor on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth or Newington, New Hampshire? If the first responders at these facilities fail to immediately control the spill, who responds as that oil moves upriver and into Little Bay and Great Bay? Enter the New Hampshire…

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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…