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Conservation Law Foundation GREAT BAY CURRENTS eNewsletter - News and Updates from Your Great Bay-Piscataqua WATERKEEPER

Welcome to Great Bay Currents! In this edition, we share an opportunity to become part of a team to protect our estuary. We're also pleased to share the good news of a recent decision affirming the need to reduce water pollution in Great Bay, as well as some suggestions for your New Year's reading list. And, in our "Faces of Great Bay," we showcase the good work of Ray Konisky, who's working to bring oysters back to Great Bay.  

Jeff Barnum
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  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.  

  Help us build a stronger voice for the estuary. Encourage your friends to stay informed by forwarding them this message or sending them this link to sign up for Great Bay Currents.  

  Jeff Barnum

To learn more about our work, or to report water pollution problems you've observed in the Great Bay estuary, please contact me.

Conservation Law Foundation
27 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301-4930
(603) 225-3060

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Tuesday, January 21 | 7–9PM
Exeter Public Hearing on Proposed Bond: 
Wastewater Treatment Facility Design / Engineering, $6,000,000
Nowak Room | Exeter Town Offices
10 Front Street, Exeter 



Help Wanted: "Clean Water Advocates" for Great Bay

Take Action for Great BayShow your love for the Great Bay estuary by becoming a Clean Water Advocate. We're looking for folks on the Seacoast and in Southern Maine to get involved and speak up for Great Bay, the Piscataqua River, and all parts of our wonderful estuary by: helping with important votes for clean water, contacting your legislator when needed, phoning a friend, and coming to periodic meetings with fellow advocates to learn more about the issues facing Great Bay.

This is a call to action – we promise it will be rewarding, and it might even be fun! Join the team and be a Clean Water Advocate for Great Bay – just click here to sign up.


Waterkeeper Report

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In an important decision for Great Bay, the Environmental Appeals Board rejected an appeal of a Clean Water Act permit issued by the EPA to the Town of Newmarket for its sewage treatment plant. The appeal, brought by two Seacoast towns (not Newmarket), challenged the permit's scientific basis. Get the details in my Waterkeeper report.


Great Reads Help You Appreciate Great Bay

Eels Book CoverExplore more about estuaries and how they interact with the ocean with these essential reads – we promise, you'll read them more than once!

Eels by James Prosek
Prosek demystifies the eel’s unique biology and bizarre mating routines, and illuminates the animal’s varied roles in the folklore, cuisine, and commerce of a variety of cultures.

The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky looks at how oysters influenced the rise of New York City, and his cultural, historical, and culinary insights – along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos – give you insight into oysters' importance to New Hampshire's coastal ecology as well.


Faces of Great Bay

Ray Konisky Great Bay CurrentsRay Konisky
Ray Konisky of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) knows oysters. And Great Bay appreciates it. Since 2009, Ray, along with Ray Grizzle of the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, has worked to create 13 acres of “spawner sanctuaries,” new reefs with three million oysters, in Great Bay. Ten more acres of new live oyster reef are planned for the next two years. Find out more.


CLF protects New England's environment for the benefit of all people. We use the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy.

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