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reetings, and welcome to the eighth edition of Great Bay Currents, a bi-monthly e-newsletter of the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper. Every other month, I'll provide updates on critical issues facing the Great Bay estuary, and the work we and others are doing to protect it.
In this edition, you will read about the critical work that is taking place in the Great Bay estuary and a two-part series related to our work regarding toxic stormwater pollution in the Piscataqua River. A major polluter in Great Bay. You will also learn about the current status of sewage treatment plants in the estuary. Finally, you'll get to hear from Fred Short on the condition of eelgrass in Great Bay, which may surprise you.
If you would like a more detailed account of my first two months on the job, please read my Waterkeeper Report.
As CLF's Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, I'm working hard to ensure the health of our Great Bay estuary – now, and for future generations. It's a major undertaking, and one I can't achieve alone. I hope you'll support my efforts, and help protect Great Bay, the Piscataqua River, and all the waters comprising this wonderful estuary.
To learn more about our work, or to report water pollution problems you've observed in the Great Bay estuary, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join us for dinner!
Robert’s Maine Grill, in Kittery, Maine, will host a “Community Supper” on November 26th and December 3rd to help support the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Program. Reservations are recommended. Find out more.
Keeping Up the Good Work on Great Bay
I am Jeff Barnum and I'm pleased to be your new Great Bay-Piscataqua WATERKEEPER. I recently wrote this post to talk about my calling to protect the Great Bay estuary, the progress that’s been made, and the serious threats facing one of New England’s most precious natural resources. Learn more about my experiences and my new role on Great Bay.
Success for Great Bay Estuary, But More Progress is Needed at Grimmel Industries Site
For some time, we have had significant concerns about industrial stormwater pollution flowing into the Piscataqua River from the massive scrap metal facility operated by Grimmel Industries. As a result of these concerns, including toxic discharges containing PCBs and mercury, CLF successfully engaged the attention of EPA, which required Grimmel to clean up its act. Learn about what we achieved and where we can continue to make progress.
Can Great Bay Oysters be Saved for a Healthier Estuary?
One important outcome of our advocacy on the Grimmel Industries site was to secure funding from the operator of that facility, through EPA, for an oyster and eelgrass restoration project in the Piscataqua River. The project, about two acres of new oyster reef and an experimental eelgrass planting, was completed this summer by The Nature Conservancy and UNH. Read moreabout why this project is important to the estuary.
An Update on Sewage Treatment Plants in the Great Bay Estuary
The Municipal Coalition (Portsmouth, Dover, and Rochester) continues to argue against the nitrogen limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency for purposes of reversing the unfortunate ecological decline of the Great Bay estuary. While other towns, like Newmarket, Exeter and Durham are taking constructive action to reduce damaging water pollution and are no longer a part of these anti-nitrogen regulation efforts, the remaining members of the Municipal Coalition continue to challenge the well established science of nitrogen pollution. Read more about the status of Great Bay sewage treatment plants.
Fred Short, 2013 Preliminary Eelgrass Overview
Hear from Fred Short, a world-renowned authority on sea grasses. Eelgrass is the essential component of the Great Bay ecosystem, yet nitrogen has had a significant negative effect on its health and distribution. Find out more.
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