Earth Day Workshop: Backyard Solutions to Nitrogen Pollution in the Great Bay Estuary

April 13, 2010

Portsmouth, NH – The New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting an eco-friendly workshop highlighting steps that local residents can take to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Great Bay Estuary right in their own backyard. Participants will get basic tips on how to install a rain garden at home. They will also learn how to make eco-friendly decisions about lawn fertilization.

When: Tuesday, April 20 from 7 to 8 PM

Where: Urban Forestry Center Meeting Room – 45 Elwyn Rd. in Portsmouth, NH

Free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. RSVP online at or send an email to

The workshop is part of the New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership’s ongoing efforts to improve water quality in Great Bay by reducing nitrogen pollution from two major sources: lawn fertilizers and stormwater run-off. When it rains, stormwater run-off carries nitrogen from lawn fertilizers, pet waste, and leaky septic tanks into the estuary. As a result, the total nitrogen load to Great Bay has increased by more than 42 percent over the past five years. Nitrogen pollution can trigger explosions of algae in an estuary that consume oxygen and block out sunlight aquatic plants and wildlife need to survive, leading to a loss of habitat.

The week of Earth Day is a great time for the seacoast community to come together and learn how to take action to protect Great Bay. This critical coastal habitat is home to more than 162 species and plays an important role in the local economy. Countless tourists travel to the seacoast to learn about the estuary each year.

“What’s so Great About Great Bay?” talk at Hopkinton Library April 10

April 7, 2010

The Little Nature Museum Presents……

 “What’s So Great About Great Bay? “with Nathan Hazen

 April 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM at the Community Room in the Hopkinton Town Library, Contoocook, NH

The event is FREE; donations appreciated.

Nathan Hazen, a UNH marine Sea Trek docent of 10 years, will highlight the unique and invaluable habitats of Great Bay. His illustrated program includes the development of the Piscataqua Basin and history of the area.

For program information call  603-746-6121.

Learn more about the Little Nature Museum.

Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook Estuaries: Critical N.H. coastal water resources

April 2, 2010

Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook Estuaries are interconnected systems prone to the same environmental issues. This is an inclusive blog bringing together resources and organizations with similar goals and priorities.  It’s the place to get news on both Hampton-Seabrook and Great Bay estuaries!