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.

Land Resource Mangement Workshop

February 22, 2010

The workshop, hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, is geared towards those involved with land development, and land conservation and management, from consultants and environmental professionals to municipal employees, non-profit organizations and volunteers. There are three dates to choose from: March 5, March 23 or April 23. For more information and to register download registration form. 








Tap In Film, Speaker Series at UNH

February 2, 2010

This spring promises to be wetter than usual at the University of New Hampshire, when Tap In, a series of films and a lecture about water issues, begins to flow Feb. 16, 2010. The series will explore issues of water privatization, access, quality and even the spiritual significance of water with four award-winning documentary films (Feb. 16 and 22, March 22, April 20) and a lecture by water rights activist Maude Barlow on March 4.

“Tap In,” sponsored by the UNH Office of Sustainability along with Food & Water Watch, offers the events, which are all free and open to the public.

For more details on the series, read the full press release.