NH Coast launches 1st Annual Holiday Rain Barrel Sale

November 17, 2010

Portsmouth, NH – Looking for a green gift for the gardener or tree hugger in your life? The New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership is offering a $75 holiday gift package that includes an eco-friendly rain barrel and a one-year membership in the local nonprofit organization. The rain barrels are made locally by NH Coast’s staff and volunteers using recycled plastic food grade drums.

“Rain barrels are a great way to go green this holiday season,” says Project Coordinator David Anderson. He hopes that the sale will help to raise public awareness about a few of the lesser-known environmental benefits of rain barrels, such as their ability to help reduce run-off pollution. Stormwater run-off is a major source of water pollution in the Great Bay watershed. Rain barrels help to address this problem by containing stormwater before it can run-off.

Homeowners can also use rain barrels to save energy and reduce carbon footprints, according to Anderson. “Nationwide, about four percent of U.S. power generation is used for water supply and treatment,” he explains, quoting a 2006 Department of Energy report to Congress. “Rain barrels are a zero energy, emissions free source water that can be used for a variety of landscaping purposes.”

Proceeds from the holiday fundraiser will be used to help support NH Coast’s popular free rain barrel program. Last summer, the group hosted free “Make your own rain barrel” lessons at a number of local farmers’ markets and public events as part of a program funded by a generous from the Lamprey River Advisory Committee. Participants took home a total of 25 free rain barrels. When the program resumes next year, the group hopes to give away 100 free rain barrels.

To order one of NH Coast’s holiday gift packages, contact Dave at (603) 617-0679 or info@nhcoast.org, or visit www.nhcoast.org. Packages can be picked up at the Oyster River Middle School Holiday Bazaar in Durham on November 30th from 4 to 8 PM or in Portsmouth at the buyer’s convenience. Local delivery is available to those living in or nearby Portsmouth. General donations and business sponsorships are also welcome.

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Event: Engaging Citizens to Protect Our Waters on November 17

November 16, 2010

Portsmouth, NH – This Wednesday, November 17th, the Gundalow Company will play host to Candance Dolan of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project and the Southeast Watershed Alliance for a presentation on Engaging Citizens to Protect Our Waters:

Based on her experience with the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project, which utilizes volunteers to protect the coastal watershed and decrease the flow of pollutants into the surface waters, Candace will discuss citizen-based projects, such as rain gardens and vegetative buffers, that are already making a positive impact.”

Date: Wednesday – November 17, 2010

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Gundalow Company Headquarters – 60 Marcy St. in Portsmouth, NH

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Remote control airplane aids horseshoe crab research in Great Bay

November 13, 2010

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new way to stay dry while studying the underwater life of spawning horseshoe crabs in the Great Bay Estuary. They attached cameras to a remote control airplane and zip line to get a birds eye view of the crab’s mud flat habitat.

Watch video of the approach in action recorded by graduate student by  Wan-Jean Lee

Read more about the project in Foster’s Daily Democrat


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Great Bay climate change study in Foster’s Daily Democrat

November 13, 2010

A new research project led by University of New Hampshire Professor Cameron Wake will examine the local impacts of climate change on Great Bay and the surrounding communities. The project is the focus of an informative piece found in Tuesday’s edition of Foster’s Daily Democrat:

New study to examine impact of  of climate change on Great Bay region

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Gundalow goes solar!

November 10, 2010

Portsmouth, NH – The Gundalow Company just added a modern touch to the Captain Edward H. Adams. Jack Bingaman of SEA Solar Store in Dover recently installed a solar electric system on the historically accurate gundalow replica. The system will supply clean, renewable energy to help power the vessel’s pumps. It’s sure to enhance the Gundalow’s ongoing efforts to protect the Piscataqua Maritime Region through education and action!

Want to learn more?

Greening a gundalow: SEA Solar Store helps give a vessel a 21st Century makeover – a Green Alliance blog by Jim Cavan

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Gulf of Maine Plan Covered By Boston Globe

November 9, 2010

Today, Beth Daley, science reporter for the Boston Globe, posted an
article about the US Gulf of Maine Habitat Restoration and Conservation Plan:

Public comment sought on Gulf of Maine plan – The Green Blog – A Boston Globe blog on living Green in Boston.

A semi-final draft of the plan has been posted online. Public comments are welcome. You can find links to the plan and to an online survey for submitting comments in the text of the article.

This multi-stakeholder planning initiative has been supported to date by the Maine Community Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Jesse B. Cox Trust.

To learn more, please contact:

Peter Alexander
Gulf of Maine Restoration and Conservation Initiative
Under Contract to the US Association of Delegates to the
Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (www.gulfofmaine.org/gomrc)
Review the new Gulf of Maine Habitat Plan at www.gulfofmaine.org
(802) 380-3080

Blue Ocean Society to host holiday social on Wednesday, November 10

November 9, 2010

Join the Blue Ocean Society and friends for a holiday social at the Press Room in downtown Portsmouth on Wednesday, November 10! The event will feature a cash bar and appetizers, with BOS staff providing an overview of the group’s achievements over the past year. The Press Room is located at 77 Daniel St in Portsmouth, NH. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

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