YouTube Video: Why you should scoop dog poop

February 25, 2011

The Blue Ocean Society has teamed up with Ryan Cultrera and Small Town Pictures to produce “Beach Karma”, a hilarious YouTube urging dog walkers to scoop up their pet’s poop:

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Upcoming Great Bay Steward Events

February 23, 2011

Want to learn more about the Great Bay Estuary? Great Bay Stewards has posted their latest  Events and Opportunities online! Upcoming events include Syrup on Snow, a great chance for kids to get outside and learn how to tap maple trees for syrup.


2011 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference

February 22, 2011

It’s time to register for 2011 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference! This year’s theme: From Our Headwaters to the Sea – Living in a Changing Water World.

When?

Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2011

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where?

Plymouth State University Hartman Union Building

Plymouth, NH

About the Event

The organizing committees of the annual New Hampshire Water Conference and the New Hampshire Watershed Conference are once again offering a single, comprehensive event for 2011. The purpose of the merger is to combine talent, resources, and audiences from both events into a unique, two-day event designed to meet the information and networking needs of lake, river, and watershed groups; environmental organization; volunteer monitors; municipal board and staff members; elected officials; local and regional planners; policy makers; scientists; educators; consultants and students.

For additional information and to register please visit Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment website at:

www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2011-nh-water-and-watersheds-conference

Conference Objectives

Conference participants will enhance their capacity to understand, protect, and manage New Hampshire’s water resources by:

1.   Learning about ground-breaking research and its application.

2.   Receiving latest updates on water related policies and agency programs.

3.   Gaining knowledge about effective water education and outreach.

4.   Participating in training sessions to improve organizational skills and functioning. m

5.   Sharing understanding, concerns, accomplishments, skills and perspectives with others.

6.   Contributing to state-wide planning efforts for New Hampshire’s water future.

Conference Agenda with Session Descriptions

Cost to Attend

  • $40 – Friday, March 25, 2011 or Saturday, March 26, 2011
  • $70 – Both Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26, 2011
  • $25 – Student Rate – Friday, March 25, 2011 or Saturday, March 26, 2011

Space is limited! Register today!

For more information contact Jacquie Colburn, Lakes Coordinator, DES Lakes Program at (603) 271-2959 or via e-mail atjacquie.colburn@des.nh.gov.

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HB 519: RGGI Repeal Bill Hearing Thursday

February 8, 2011

With the Science, Technology and Energy Committee of the NH House of Representatives set to hold hearings on HB 519 on Thursday, it’s time to revisit the issue of climate change in the context of the Great Bay Estuary watershed. The bill in question is aimed at “repealing New Hampshire’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap and trade program for controlling carbon dioxide emissions.”

Rather than reinvent the wheel, the reader is advised to consult the following op-ed piece by researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Jackson Estuarine Laboratory for a nice summary of the environmental impacts of climate change on the Great Bay Estuary:

Scientists concerned for bay’s health – Seacoast Online, 8/25/2010

“More frequent weather extremes, including the recent record rainfalls and the general trend of warmer winters, are negatively impacting the estuary and its resources,” they note.

But more frequent extreme weather events don’t just pose a threat to the ecological health of the Great Bay Estuary. They also pose a real threat to local communities. According to one report, Southern New Hampshire experienced 100-year floods in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2006 alone, FEMA dolled out more than $7.3 million to help New Hampshire residents who suffered flood-related losses. Newmarket was particularly hard hit, as evidenced by photos posted on the website of the Lamprey River Watershed Association.

The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan warns of more frequent and extreme weather events damaging property and threatening public safety. It is time to take the threat of climate change serious. We can’t afford to “wait and see” any longer.

Anyone can testify at Thursday’s hearing on HB 519. The hearing begins at 10 AM in Representatives Hall, located inside the State House in Concord.

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Blue Ocean Society Winter Social Thursday

February 8, 2011

The Blue Ocean Society will host its Winter Social at the Press Room in Portsmouth on Thursday, February 10. Come enjoy a pint while learning more about the SCOOP campaign, profiled here last October. Event kicks off at 5:30 PM. Sign up to attend on Facebook today!

Warmer weather have you thinking about a nice walk on the beach? Why not pick up some trash as you stroll? The Blue Ocean Society has beach clean ups running all year long. Visit their website for more information.

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