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Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership: State of the Estuaries Indicators. Philip Trowbridge, P.E. Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership & NH Department of Environmental Services. A presentation for the Southeast Watershed Alliance Science Symposium May 11, 2011.

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Piscataqua region estuaries partnership state of the estuaries indicators

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership:State of the Estuaries Indicators

Philip Trowbridge, P.E.

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership &

NH Department of Environmental Services

A presentation for the Southeast Watershed Alliance Science Symposium

May 11, 2011


Piscataqua region estuaries partnership
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

  • Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor are estuaries of “national significance” included in the National Estuary Program of the Clean Water Act

  • PREP protects and enhances these estuaries:

    • State of the Estuaries Reports and Conference

    • Management Plan

    • Monitoring Plan

    • Effective Partnerships


Piscataqua region watershed
Piscataqua Region Watershed

  • Covers 1,086 square miles

  • Includes 52 towns in NH and Maine

  • 14% of NH and Maine population

  • Great Bay Estuary and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor


State of the estuaries report
State of the Estuaries Report

  • Summary of 12 key indicators

  • Three focus areas

    • Water Quality

    • Critical Habitats and Species

    • Land Use and Development

  • Reviewed by advisory committee, represents current scientific consensus

Available at www.prep.unh.edu/resources/soe_report.htm


Water quality

Water Quality

Dry weather bacteria concentrations

Toxic contaminants in shellfish tissue

Toxic contaminants in sediment

Nitrogen in Great Bay

Dissolved oxygen


Critical habitats and species

Critical Habitats and Species

Eelgrass

Oysters

Clams

Anadromous Fish

Habitat Restoration


Land use and development

Land Use and Development

Impervious Surfaces

Land conservation





Save the date
Save the Date

  • The next State of the Estuaries Conference will be on

    December 7, 2012


Prep management plan 2010
PREP Management Plan (2010)

  • Plan to address current and emerging issues affecting the estuary and watershed

  • Coordinates activities of agencies, conservation organizations, and municipalities

  • Contains 82 specific action plans:

    • Reduce Pollution

    • Conserve Natural Areas

    • Restore Rivers and Bays


Prep monitoring plan 2011
PREP Monitoring Plan (2011)

  • Describes indicators

  • Coordinates existing monitoring programs

  • Identifies data needs and gaps



Questions
Questions?

Philip Trowbridge, P.E.

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership &

NH Department of Environmental Services

Philip.Trowbridge@des.nh.gov

603.271.8872