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Conservation Law Foundation GREAT BAY CURRENTS eNewsletter - News and Updates from Your Great Bay-Piscataqua WATERKEEPER
  reetings, and welcome to the sixth 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 a segment titled “The Faces of Great Bay,” I'll also feature our partners – people working to protect Great Bay and our coastal waters, and what motivates them.

In this edition, you will read about the observations of a long-time Seacoast scuba diver, an appeal of Newmarket's sewage treatment discharge permit aimed at delaying the town's desire to work with EPA to protect the Great Bay estuary, Exeter's acceptance of its sewage treatment discharge permit, and our efforts to ensure that progress in cleaning up the estuary is not derailed by the actions of a few communities. Finally, you'll get to know Brian Giles, an active committee member of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) and local advocate for clean water.

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Peter Wellenberger
 
 
TAKE ACTION
  Let the mayors of Dover and Rochester know that you support Newmarket's decision to invest in a cleaner and healthier estuary!  

SUPPORT YOUR WATERKEEPER
  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, by clicking here.  

SPREAD THE MESSAGE
  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.  

KEEP UP WITH YOUR WATERKEEPER
     
  Peter Wellenberger


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

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P.O. Box 277
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 225-3060

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UPCOMING EVENTS
     
Our Endangered Great Bay Estuary, a Presentation By the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper

March 13 – 7:00 pm
Seacoast Science Center

Sponsored by NH Audubon – Seacoast Chapter

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership's newsletter, Downstream – February 2013.

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  Where Have all the Fish Gone?

Dennis Chasteen has been diving in the waters of the Great Bay estuary and Gulf of Maine for the past forty years. In a letter to the editor, he writes about habitat changes and why fewer fish are now coming into the estuary. Click here to read his letter and view some of his amazing underwater photography. His concerns are a warning to all of us that we need to protect the estuary from further harm.

Dover and Rochester Jeopardize Great Bay's Recovery

After agreeing to work with EPA and construct a new sewage treatment plant, Newmarket regrettably learned the cities of Dover and Rochester have decided it is in their best interest to appeal a permit recently issued to Newmarket for its sewage treatment plant. With little regard for Newmarket's desire to move forward with cleaning up the Lamprey River and Great Bay, their appeal could delay needed action – action Newmarket officials want to take to protect local waters and Great Bay. You can read more about the appeal of Newmarket's permit here. And you can take action to help the estuary by asking Dover and Rochester to withdraw their appeal here.

The response to Dover's and Rochester's appeal has been one of dismay. Members of Rescue Great Bay – now including twenty-one organizations and businesses – stated their outrage of this costly campaign of delay in an Op Ed that appeared in the Portsmouth Herald. You can read the entire Op Ed here.

Rescue Great Bay is not alone in believing Dover and Rochester have gone too far in appealing Newmarket's permit. A recent editorial in the Concord Monitor echoes our concerns. You can read its editorial here.

Again, to take action to protect the estuary from nitrogen pollution, you can help by asking the mayors of Dover and Rochester to drop their appeal by following this link to our action alert. Let the mayors know that you support Newmarket's decision to invest in a cleaner and healthier estuary.

Exeter Agrees to Major Pollution Reductions

Following in Newmarket's footsteps, and in a positive move for the health of the Squamscott River and the Great Bay estuary, in early January the Town of Exeter voted to accept its permit from EPA. You can read about the town's decision here.

The Faces of Great Bay
Brian Giles – Great Bay Champion

Brian Giles is one of the Great Bay's most dedicated advocates. A long-time resident of Lee, he has been an avid volunteer in local environmental issues for over twenty years serving as a founding member of the Lamprey River Wild & Scenic River Advisory Committee, a commissioner and member of the Executive Committee of the Stafford Regional Planning Commission, a long-standing member of the Management Committee and Technical Advisory Committee for the N.H. Estuaries Program (now PREP), and a member on various state-appointed environmental advisory committees.

Brian GilesCurrently retired, his working career spanned 35 years working in various engineering management positions for high-technology industries and later served as Director of the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire. His broad background in engineering and higher education allows him to effectively communicate on complex issues such as nitrogen pollution and why it is critical to enforce the regulations of the Clean Water Act despite the costs. Says Brian: “No one group of citizens has the right to put these waters at further risk because of perceived financial hardship.”

As an original member of Rescue Great Bay, Brian has written passionately about protecting Great Bay for future generations. In his most recent letter to the Portsmouth Herald, he writes, “The health of the Great Bay estuary is deteriorating at a threatening rate. There is a sense of urgency. Timely action is critical to recovery.” He goes on to say, “I agree with the Rescue Great Bay Op-Ed that Dover and Rochester might be better served by joining their more responsible colleagues in meeting shared moral and ethical obligations to preserve and protect the future health of the Great Bay Estuary – without delay.” You can read his entire letter here.
 
     
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