Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
Welcome to Downstream
October 2012
In This Issue
Rain Gardens in Portsmouth
Save the Date
Watershed Watch
Clean Water Champion
Partner Focus: AWWA
Grant Announcement
Event Calendar
October Trivia Question
   The Great Bay Dialogue has changed its name to the Great Bay Initiative to better reflect the action & effort taking place. There are many new resources on the website & new action team meetings will be reconvening in the Fall.
 
 
Visit the website for 
more information
 
Partner
Newsletters

 
 
September/October Edition of Environmental News 
 
 


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NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup


Upcoming NHCAW Workshops:
9/27 -"What Adaptation Looks Like" at the Hugh Gregg Center, Greenland
5:30-8:00pm 

10/29 - Climate Ready Estuaries COAST Project - Results Follow-Up Discussion at Hampton Falls Town Hall, 1 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls, NH
6pm-8pm 
Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative 
 

 
 
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Wanted! 

 

Herons Fishing for breakfast in New Castle
Do you have an eye for capturing nature at her finest?

Do you know how to capture the Seacoast Lifestyle?

Do you love to show off to your friends & family your keen photographic eye?

Submit a photo on PREP's Facebook wall & we may choose it to be featured in an upcoming issue of Downstream.  
Street Team Needed! 
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PREP needs some street team volunteers to help us out with promotion & staffing for our upcoming Clean Water Music Series Events! 

Are you willing to hang posters in your community?
 
Could you represent PREP at the Clean Water Community Table at an event? 

if you're interested in volunteering for PREP!  
Is Water Worth it To You? 

 

Join in EPA's 40th Anniversary Celebration and take part in the "Water is Worth It" Video Project.  
Submit a 15-second video clip explaining the important role water plays in your life.  
 
This is your chance to tell the US why our water in the Seacoast matters to you! 
 
Follow this link for more info & to fill out the entry form. 
Think Blue Exeter!

Exeter has gone to the DUCKS! Exeter has launched a new educational outreach program about the harmful effects of stormwater pollution. Keep an eye & an ear to local TV & radio for the ducks & THINK BLUE EXETER! 
Welcome!

Welcome to the October issue of Downstream, Your Estuaries Partnership News. The evenings are cooler and the leaves are showing peeks of color, apple picking trips and pumpkin patch strolls are part of our weekends, it's a wonderful time to be in the Seacoast. There's also still plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy our watershed before we need extra layers and boots. Check out our Events Calendar for a variety of fun, educational and exciting trips, hikes, movies and paddles from our partners. 
 
In this month's Downstream we get our hands dirty by installing rain gardens in Portsmouth with the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project and learn why this effort has had such success. 
 
Around the PREP offices we're also gearing up for our State of Our Estuaries Report and Conference coming up on December 7th. We're taking a whole new approach to the report and we are excited to share it with you all in the coming weeks. 
 
We thank all of you who work tirelessly to protect and preserve the places we love. Take a minute and snap a photo of the places around here you love and share it with us on our Facebook page. And as always, thank you for reading and caring! 
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Jill Farrell
Community Impact Program Manager
The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) 

 

If you have any recommendations on how we can improve our newsletter, or have any news you would like to share, please e-mail us and we'd be happy to incorporate your ideas into a future issue.
 

September 11th, 2012: Seacoast community volunteers work to build community, restore clean water, and honor the heroes of 9-11

By Colin Lentz, PREP's Community Impact Program Intern & UNH Grad Student  

At 8:30am on Tuesday, September 11th, I joined a group of about 50 volunteers as we gathered to build rain gardens for homeowners in the Pannaway neighborhood of Portsmouth. This was just one of many projects taking place throughout the Portsmouth area that day, and hundreds more across the U.S. as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance which was organized in the Portsmouth area by the United Way of the Greater Seacoast. On this one day, over 650 volunteers representing 51 companies were mobilized by local nonprofit agencies to complete service projects that benefited seacoast communities. The volunteers for the Pannaway neighborhood rain garden installations came from large companies like Target, Sprague Energy and local businesses including Chinburg Builders and Legacy Supply, and the U.S. Airforce. Funding for this residential rain garden project was provided by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth G. Plumer Charitable Trust and John and Dorothy H. MaCabe Environmental Fund. 
 
Rain gardens are just one technique in the Low Impact Development (LID) playbook and they're pretty much just what they sound like. A rain garden is slight depression containing plants that can tolerate both wet and dry conditions and soils that allow water to infiltrate back into the ground instead of running off into a storm drain on the street. The water running off impervious surfaces (like the roof of a house, or a parking lot) is directed into the garden where it nourishes the plants and can pool long enough to seep back into the groundwater supply. Each garden may seem small, but a single garden can soak up the water from impervious surfaces of an average single family home. When it rains or snow melts water running across impervious surfaces picks up pollutants and chemicals (like oil on a parking lot or dog poop on the street) then flows either directly into small streams or rivers or into a storm drain that empties into our rivers and eventually flows to our beaches.  

Candace Dolan - director of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project - was the organizer for our effort in this little tucked-away neighborhood located across I-95 from Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Plenty of strong hands made quick work of three gardens (not to mention the help of a mighty Bobcat front-end loader to carry rocks and soil), and a fourth, impromptu garden was installed for a resident who caught wind of the project while work was underway. 
 
This bonus installation was just what Candace was hoping for. For 6 years she has dedicated her abundant enthusiasm and energy to engaging residents throughout the Hodgson Brook watershed in conversations about the poor health of their local stream, and the small ways they can together make a big impact in restoring the clean water, plants and wildlife that make up the ecosystem. As she's discovered, the process of engaging the people of a neighborhood and a community is not a simple process. When asked about her work in the Hodgson Brook Watershed, she says "outreach is cumulative, and there's no substitute for feet on the ground".  

The first step of the Pannaway rain garden project was finding the right people to talk to. You have to find the "mayors of the hood" - as Candace calls them. Those people who know everyone and are known by everyone. Trust is paramount in Candace's work; if the people in a community don't trust you, it's going to be a long road of talking to them about impervious surfaces, stormwater runoff, and non-point source pollution, let alone convincing them that digging a hole in their yard will help. But the word is spreading. 
 
Trust was built for the Pannaway work, and at each site, the homeowner worked with Candace to decide on the best place for a garden to be installed. Each garden was custom designed based on the size of the impervious drainage area (in this case the building's roof ) and planted with perennials like Blue Flag Irises, Butterfly weed , Marsh Marigold, Rudbeckia , Asters and Purple Coneflowers. 
 
Installations like these are part of an ongoing effort throughout the Hodgson Brook watershed that includes small projects like theresidential rain gardens we installed, and larger projects at schools and business, as well as systems installed in the City of Portsmouth's right of way with the help of the Public Works Department. Work in Hodgson Brook started with simple rain barrels, and now includes rain gardens, large engineered bio-retention gardens, and tree box filters.
Bioretention swale at the Port Inn in Portsmouth
 
Tree Box Filter in Hodgson Brook Watershed
 
There are other examples of LID in towns all throughout the Piscataqua Region watershed, like a huge project with the UNH Stormwater Center to restore the Berry Brook watershed in Dover. And thanks to extensive collaboration between the Department of
 
Planning and Community Development and the business community, the town of Somersworth, NH has integrated low impact development (LID) requirements into their local development ordinance encouraging city-wide efforts to reduce polluted runoff.  
 
Some pollution comes from easily identifiable sources like pipes from wastewater treatment plants emptying into a river, but a lot of it also comes from sources that are spread out over a large area. The water running off the streets, parking lots and roofs of developed areas may carry just as much pollution. Small lot level LID techniques like rain gardens are a simple way for homeowners and businesses to reduce the widespread sources of pollution that impact water quality and the health of our ecosystem and families. Imagine the amount of pollution (not to mention money citizens can save) that could be removed from our rivers and Great Bay if each building had a rain garden (or other LID technique) that could filter pollutants from water before it goes back into the ground! 

The Hodgson Brook Restoration Project wrote a restoration plan in 2004 that has detailed information about the brook, and how you can help restore it to a healthy state. 
Click here for the restoration plan.


 Conference Registration Opens November 7th
 
Stay tuned to the PREP website for updates, registration information and agendas for the conference as well as numerous related events occuring around the watershed in support of the 2013 State of Our Estuaries Report! 


Watershed Watch

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners' and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.


New Interactive National Estuary Program Map
By: US EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds

PREP is proudly part of the US EPA's National Estuary Program, we're one of 28 programs in the country. EPA has just launched a new interactive web application that allows viewers to explore the details and locations of habitat protection and restoration efforts from the 28 NEPs around the

 country. You can tour bridge removal and stream bed restoration in the Morro Bay California estuary or oyster planting in Mobile Bay, Alabama or wetland planting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's a great chance to see what sorts of projects and efforts other NEPs conduct and you can tour our own backyard too! 

 

Check out the new map here.  

 

Restoration Jobs Portal 
By: NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
 
NOAA has launched an interactive website that celebrates the work of habitat restoration and the people who make it happen. The
web portal features habitat restoration projects, personal stories and photos from across the country and contains an overview of peer-reviewed data on the economic benefits of habitat restoration. 
 
To take a tour of the new "restoration economy" click here

 

 

Gates Foundation Celebrates Toilet Pioneers

By: Nature
 
In August the winners of the "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" were announced with the $100,000 winner being a solar-powered toilet that recycles water and generates hydrogen and electricity. The challenge was the brain child of Bill Gates who wants to encourage a toilet revolution. Toilets haven't changed much since
 1775 when they were first patented but four out of ten people in the world do no have access to the plumbing required for a toilet's flushing function. Plus in developed countries the traditional toilet is very water intensive. In 2011 the Gates Foundation challenged researchers, innovators, and inventors to rethink the toilet and develop models that do not need centralized plumbing or sewer treatment plants and that could actually recycle waste into energy or other reusable products. The designs came from 29 countries including those countries who will use the new inventions. 

To read all about the toilet revolution and to check out the winning design click here


PREP's Clean Water Champion 
Alison Watts, UNH Stormwater Center & the Southeast Watershed Alliance
PREP's Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature that profiles
Alison aboard the Nina replication in Kittery last summer
people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed. This month we're featuring Alison Watts. Alison unites scientific research with community action through her work at the UNH Stormwater Center and the UNH Dept of Civil Engineering and her involvement with the Southeast Watershed Alliance. Alison both studies and greatly enjoys water and our lovely watershed home.  

  

PREP: How long have you been a champion for clean water?

 

Alison: I've always loved water.  Doesn't everyone?  As a child I spent a lot of time sailing small boats, playing in streams and generally getting wet.  But I don't think I saw water as a resource that needs protecting until I started a professional career as a geologist for a consulting firm.  When you start trying to clean up contaminated areas you really realize how hard it is to reverse the damage from human impacts.  Prevention and protection, whenever possible, are cheaper and more effective.

 

PREP: How'd you get started in protecting clean water?  

 

Alison: I spent about ten years in California working on cleaning up contaminated groundwater, which was really interesting but a bit abstract; you can't see or feel groundwater unless you drill a well, or pull up a sample.  Since moving to NH I have become more involved with stormwater and surface water first through research with the UNH stormwater center, and more recently with the Southeast Watershed Alliance and other community organizations.  I love the mixture of science and society; helping real people figure out ways to protect and conserve water, and to understand why water is important to each of us.  We are very lucky in New Hampshire in that, in general, we have abundant clean water for drinking, recreation and to support various businesses.  It is our responsibility to make sure that water is still around for our children. 

 

PREP: What's your favorite thing to do with or on water?  

Alison: Well, I like drinking it!   Keeps me alive and all that good stuff.  I like boats, and I particularly love sailing or kayaking with my kids; they are growing up to be adventurous water-savvy people. 


PREP: What's been your proudest moment as a clean water champion? 

 

Alison:  I'm proud every time a community or an individual stands up and really tries to understand and deal with some of the many issues that impact water quality. The water issues currently facing many of the Great Bay communities are complicated, and reflect a long history of human activity in this region. Trying to deal with aging infrastructure, wastewater and drinking water upgrades, complex regulations AND school budgets, road repairs, etc. is very difficult, and kudos to those who are really trying to solve these problems in a fair and reasonable way. 

PREP: What's one simple thing you would tell somebody to do to protect the places around the Seacoast they love? 

Alison: You make a difference.  Not you can, but you already are.  The choices you make every day, for better or worse, impact the world and the water around you. 

To learn more about Alison's most recent research on driveway seal coating click here.

To learn more about the Southeast Watershed Alliance click here.


Partner Focus 
AWWA's Youth Conservation Corps
 
AWWA YCC Tour 2012
AWWA YCC Tour 2012
This Summer a very hard working group of high school students from the headwaters region of Acton, Maine and Wakefield, NH spent their summer days working to prevent pollution of our headwater lakes.  Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance's Youth Conservation Corps has been working every summer since 2006 and with this year's crew's work the organization completed 123 projects that have installed 482 Best Management Practices in the ground. The work has prevented 216 tons of sediment from washing into the lakes and has resulted in a reduction of 183 pounds of phosphorous per year from contaminating the pristine lakes. 
 
Check out this video for a wonderful tour of this valuable work. By stopping pollution in the headwaters keeps the downstream waters cleaner. Thanks AWWA! 


GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT
2013 NH 319 Program Grant Applications Available
 
The 2013 Watershed Assistance Grants RFP is now available on the DES website at: 2013 Watershed Assistance Grants RFP. These grants are for implementation of watershed-based plans to restore nonpoint source-impaired waters or to protect high quality waters. Projects address specific water quality problems with a quantifiable approach to BMP implementation. The RFP incorporates changes to the national 319 program guidelines, which generally strengthen watershed-based plan requirements and emphasize measurable results. 
 
The information packet explains the grant requirements, but please feel free to contact Sally, Steve, Eric or Jeff at any time to discuss project ideas
 
For projects in the coastal watershed, contact Sally Soule at 559-0032; in the Merrimack, Steve Landry at 271-2969. For general questions contact Jeff Marcoux at 271-8862, or Eric Williams at 271-2358. 


The Clean Water Community Calendar

As the Community for Clean Water, one of PREP's goals is to keep you informed on the latest outings, conferences, workshops and FUN happening around our watershed so that you, your family, friends & neighbors can get involved!

Below is our run-down for October. If you have, or know of an event that you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us!

September 28th
Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow: 
David Cedarholm
Date: 9/28/12
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Where: The Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park, Portsmouth

Take a sail out into the watershed while learning about the challenges and opportunities for clean water in our watershed. PREP's friend David Cedarholm from the Town of Durham will discuss what you and your community can do to start improving the problems associated with non-point source pollution. 

TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. 

Free but reservations encouraged. 
Click here for more info & for registration. 

September 29th
Film & Discussion about Johnson Farm preservation
Date: 
9/29/12
Time: 12:30-3pm 
Where:  Eliot Grange Hall, 1333 State Rd., Eliot (across from Fogg Library)
 
Join Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT) to view Peter E. Randall's short documentary, "Rustlewood" featuring Johnson Farm in Kittery/Eliot and segments of Maine Farmland Trust's film, "Meet Your Farmer". Kick in for GWRLT's challenge to raise $25,000 in support of Kittery Land Trust's conservation easement for Johnson Farm.  
Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for the Grange at info@gwrlt.org or 207-646-3604

October 4th 
Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow: 
Steve Miller
Date: 10/4/12
Where: The Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park, Portsmouth
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm (arrive at 4:30pm)
Take a sail out into the watershed while learning about the challenges and opportunities for clean water in our watershed. PREP's friend Steve Miller from the Great Bay Research Reserve will discuss what managers and those who work to protect the places we love do.

TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. 

Free but reservations encouraged. 
 Click here for more info & for registration. 

October 5th 
NH Wetlands Method Workshop
Date: 10/5/12
Where: Foss Meadows Wetland, Deerfield, NH; Meet up at Deerfield Town Offices 
Time: 12pm-4pm (bring a brown bag lunch)

Join NH Method authors Amanda Stone, Frank Mitchell and Nancy Rendall at this field-based workshop. Conduct a wetland field evaluation using the 2012 NH method and learn more about wetland functions and values and wetland ecology. 

To register for this workshop, please send name, mailing address, phone number & email address to sharon.hughes@unh.edu or call 603-862-1029.

For directions & for more info on the workshops click here.

To review the NH method prior to the workshop click here

October 6th
Apple Harvest Day
Date: 10/6/12
Time: 9am-4pm
Where: Downtown Dover

Visit Dover to celebrate the 28th Annual Apple Harvest Day, the biggest autumn craft fair on the Seacoast. With over 300 vendors, 
 
four stages filled with entertainment, Orchard Alley, kids activities and wonderful food, Apple Harvest Day is a can't miss. The Apple Harvest Day 5K kicks off at 8:30am. 

More info visit the event's website.  

 

 

October 11th 
Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow: 
Peter Wellenberger
Date: 10/11/12
Where: The Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park, Portsmouth
Time5:00pm-6:30pm (arrive at 4:30pm)

Take a sail out into the watershed while learning about the challenges and opportunities for clean water in our watershed. PREP's friend Peter Wellenberger from the Piscataqua Great Bay Waterkeeper will discuss the issues facing Great Bay and the things that all of us can do to help.

TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. 

Free but reservations encouraged. 
Click here for more info & for registration.

 

October 17th
Seacoast Science Cafe: Getting to Know Snow 
Date: 10/17/12
Time: 6pm
Where: The Portsmouth Brewery, Downstairs Lounge, Market St., Portsmouth
 
The EPSCoR Seacoast Science Cafe will bring the coastal community face-to-face with researchers to engage in dialogue about the latest scientific discoveries on the interactions between ecosystems and society and will provide an opportunity to gather with old friends and make new ones all while sipping tasty local beers. 

For more info and for future events including Dec. 5th's Great Bay Cafe visit the website

October 18th
Workshop: Paying for Municipal Stormwater Programs: Confronting Challenges, Recognizing Opportunities & Building Community Consensus 
Date: 10/18/12
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Where: Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Research Reserve, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland
 
Take part in this free workshop sponsored by the EPA and hosted by the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Presentations and discussion will center on addressing challenges with municipal stormwater utilities, what strategies have worked and what hasn't worked, and the role of the public outreach and consensus building in decision-making and funding solutions. 

Space is limited, registration required. For questions and more info contact Erin Cabral at 508-833-6600, ext. 130 or email ecabral@horsleywitten.com.  
 
Click here for registration. 

October 18th 
Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow: 
Ray Grizzle & Ray Konisky 
Date: 10/18/12
Where: The Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park, Portsmouth
Time5:00pm-6:30pm (arrive at 4:30pm)

Take a sail out into the watershed while learning about the challenges and opportunities for clean water in our watershed. PREP's friends Ray Grizzle from UNH and Ray Konisky from The Nature Conservancy will discuss the work they do (with some PREP funding) to restore oysters to Great Bay and why oysters are so vital to a healthy watershed.

TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. 

Free but reservations encouraged. 
Click here for more info & for registration.

October 20th
UNH's Know the Coast Day
Date: 10/20
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Where: Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, UNH Campus Durham & Judd Gregg Marine Research Facility, New Castle, NH 

Come interact with UNH marine scientists and staff who conduct research from Great Bay to the Arctic Ocean. Learn about careers in marine biology, oceanography and ocean engineering through the UNH Marine Program. Come visit PREP at the Judd Gregg Facility in New Castle and check out our stormwater watershed model! 

For hour-by-hour schedule of events at both locations & directions visit the Know the Coast website.
   
October 25th 
Contemporary Coastal Issues Sail aboard the Gundalow: 
Cameron Wake 
Date: 10/25/12
Where: The Gundalow Piscataqua, Prescott Park, Portsmouth
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm (arrive at 4:30pm)

Take a sail out into the watershed while learning about the challenges and opportunities for clean water in our watershed. PREP's friend Cameron Wake will discuss new research about regional climate change and the projections for sea level rise. 

TOWN BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. 

Free but reservations encouraged. 
Click here for more info & for registration.
 
  
October 29th
NHCAW's COAST Project Results Follow-Up Discussion
Date: 10/29/12
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Hampton Falls Town Hall, 1 Drinkwater Rd., Hampton Falls, NH 
 
Come learn more about the results of the Climate Ready Estuaries project in Hampton and Hampton Falls with the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup
 
For more info and to register contact Chris Keeley at chris.keeley@unh.edu or 603-862-6707.


Water Wise: October Trivia Question

Name four of the five different water habitats found in the Great Bay Estuary?

  

  

The first person who submits the correct answer here will win a customizable "Village Hoodie" hooded sweatshirt from Vintage Mills.  
Vintage Mills is a custom apparel manufacturing and design company located in Hampton. 
 
Congratulations to Seth McNally from Exeter. Seth,  was the first person to provide last month's answer to the question:

"What two major rivers in the Piscataqua Region have recently been the subject of migratory fish passage restoration projects re-connecting access to approximately  18 miles of river habitat to migratory fish that swim upstream through Great Bay?

and he won a $25 gift card to Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop in Hampton. Way to go Seth! For more information on migratory fish restoration stay tuned to the upcoming State of Our Estuaries report due out in December. 

 
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