The 2009 State of the Estuaries Conference that took place last Friday was a success, and signified the formal release of the 2009 State of the Estuaries Report.
With over 200 attendees, the event was abuzz with presentations focusing on hot topics concerning the estuaries in the Piscataqua region (of which Great Bay is a part of). Those topics included: climate change and adaptation; watershed restoration; regional issues in land use and habitat protection; fisheries conservation; land use planning strategies; and nutrient management for New Hampshire’s estuaries.
There was also a formal signing ceremony signifying a partnership agreement between New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP). Over the past 20 years, DES has developed informal partnerships with more than 200 different non-profits, trade associations, educational institutions and governmental organizations with the goal of better aligning joint efforts.
The primary purpose of the conference however, was the formal release of the 2009 State of the Estuaries Report. We will be posting a more formal summary of the report soon but the key finding was that the environmental quality of the Pisacataqua Region estuaries is declining. This pronouncement serves to further validate the concerns governing the formation of the Save Great Bay group.