Great Bay http://nhpr.org en UNH Students' "Urine Diversion" Program Cleans Water, Fertilizes Farms http://nhpr.org/post/unh-students-urine-diversion-program-cleans-water-fertilizes-farms <p></p><p>There are many challenges to a good town-gown relationship in college towns, but here’s one that doesn’t get a great deal of press: urine overloads.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On certain nights of the week, partying UNH students in Durham can overwhelm the town’s wastewater treatment plant, but a group of UNH students have teamed up with the town to get some of that nitrogen-rich urine out of the water. They plan to take that pee, and put it somewhere that it could do good.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 45770 at http://nhpr.org UNH Students' "Urine Diversion" Program Cleans Water, Fertilizes Farms Cities, State "Hopeful" For Settlement On Great Bay Question http://nhpr.org/post/cities-state-hopeful-settlement-great-bay-question <p></p><p></p><p>There is a hint of light at the end of a two-year-long legal battle over waste-water treatment plant upgrades on the Great Bay.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The towns of Portsmouth, Rochester and Dover have been arguing that regulators with the Department of Environmental Services and the EPA hadn’t proved that requiring millions of dollars of state-of-the-art wastewater plants would substantially improve water quality. But after a panel of independent scientists issued a sharp critique of the science used by the DES, a deal could be on the horizon.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:43:17 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44617 at http://nhpr.org Cities, State "Hopeful" For Settlement On Great Bay Question Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/children-learn-be-good-stewards-great-bay-0 <p><a href="http://www.greatbaystewards.org/" target="_blank">The Great Bay Stewards</a> work to preserve and protect the Great Bay estuary through education, land protection and research. Sharon Musselman, one of the educators, is recently a retired teacher who often brought her own classes here to explore this ecosystem.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:14:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 42305 at http://nhpr.org Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay As Seacoast Development Booms, Water Quality Could Bust http://nhpr.org/post/seacoast-development-booms-water-quality-could-bust <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile, many of the stresses that threaten water quality &ndash; more waste-water, increased runoff from pavement, and fewer forests to naturally filter water &ndash; increase hand-in-hand with development. Those in the conservation community say the cheapest route is to keep water clean by putting land into conservation, instead of trying to clean it up after it&rsquo;s already a mess. No-where is the tension between environmental quality and more acute, than on the seacoast, in the communities of the Great Bay.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 35789 at http://nhpr.org As Seacoast Development Booms, Water Quality Could Bust Durham's Third Way: One Great Bay Community Blazing A New Trail To Clean Water? http://nhpr.org/post/durhams-third-way-one-great-bay-community-blazing-new-trail-clean-water <p></p><p>Several&nbsp; &nbsp;seacoast communities have been ordered to upgrade their waste-water treatment plants by the EPA.But towns are pushing back on the question of how much the plants need to improve.</p><p>Durham is in that boat. The town is trying a new approach to pollution control called adaptive management. And depending on how things go for Durham, this could be the way the way towns and the EPA will resolve difficult and expensive water problems going forward.</p><p></p><p><strong>The Nitrogen Numbers</strong></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:43:32 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 32593 at http://nhpr.org Durham's Third Way: One Great Bay Community Blazing A New Trail To Clean Water? Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/children-learn-be-good-stewards-great-bay <p><a href="http://www.greatbaystewards.org/" target="_blank">The Great Bay Stewards</a> work to preserve and protect the Great Bay estuary through education, land protection and research. Sharon Musselman, one of the educators, is recently a retired teacher who often brought her own classes here to explore this ecosystem.</p><p></p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 32148 at http://nhpr.org Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay VIDEO: Oyster Farming With Fat Dog http://nhpr.org/post/video-oyster-farming-fat-dog <p><em>On the dock of Great Bay Marine, there’s what looks like a little raft tied up, but get close and you hear the hum of a water pump. This is where Fat Dog Oyster Company is based.</em></p><p>Reporter Sam Evans-Brown recently spent a day with Jay Baker and Alex Boeri of Fat Dog for <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/nh-oyster-farming-begins-boom" target="_blank">his story on the boom in oystering</a> in N.H.'s Great Bay Estuary. You can check out more of his photos and sound in this 2-minute video:</p><p>http://youtu.be/j15pvYwW4A0</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:04:31 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 31467 at http://nhpr.org VIDEO: Oyster Farming With Fat Dog Is N.H. Oyster Farming Poised to Surge? http://nhpr.org/post/nh-oyster-farming-poised-surge <p></p><p>Oyster farming in the Great Bay Estuary is in the midst of a little bit of a boom. In recent years, the number of oyster farms has leapt from 1 to 8, with more on the way. These gains are boosting the hopes that using these filter feeders as an “outside-the-pipes” way to clean up the waters of the Great Bay could become a reality.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 31359 at http://nhpr.org Is N.H. Oyster Farming Poised to Surge? Legislators Will Take Up Great Bay Issues In January http://nhpr.org/post/legislators-will-take-great-bay-issues-january <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Come January, New Hampshire lawmakers will consider a bevy of bills dealing with the water quality of Great Bay. Some proposals confront waste-water treatment plant costs head-on, while others skirt that controversy.</p><p>The decline in the ecosystem of the Great Bay, coupled with Portsmouth, Rochester, and Dover's decision to fight the EPA over required wastewater treatment plant to upgrades is inspiring action in Concord.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:18:38 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 18960 at http://nhpr.org Legislators Will Take Up Great Bay Issues In January Seacoast Scientists Say Great Bay Is In "Stasis" http://nhpr.org/post/seacoast-scientists-say-great-bay-stasis <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A new&nbsp;<a href="http://prep.unh.edu/resources/pdf/2013%20SOOE/SOOE_2013_FA2.pdf">report&nbsp;</a>out Friday finds that the Great Bay Estuary is still struggling.&nbsp;Every 3 years the&nbsp;Piscataqua&nbsp;Region Estuaries Partnership, or <a href="http://prep.unh.edu/">PREP </a>releases its State Of Our Estuaries report. The report’s data plays into an ongoing battle over the cost of new wastewater treatment plants on the seacoast.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:42:37 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 18126 at http://nhpr.org Seacoast Scientists Say Great Bay Is In "Stasis" Towns Sue E.P.A. Over Nitrogen Emissions In The Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/towns-sue-epa-over-nitrogen-emissions-great-bay <p>Top municipal officials of three Seacoast region communities are continuing their fight against tough new environmental regulations for their wastewater treatment plants. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:42:15 +0000 Roger Wood 13049 at http://nhpr.org Towns Sue E.P.A. Over Nitrogen Emissions In The Great Bay The Future of Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/future-great-bay <p>Monday on the Exchange we look at the future of the Great Bay region of our stat and see how best to stop pollution from taking a further toll on its ecosystem.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 9181 at http://nhpr.org The Future of Great Bay Efforts to Restore Oyster Beds Could be a Stopgap Measure for Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/efforts-restore-oyster-beds-could-be-stopgap-measure-great-bay <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newhampshire/the-nature-of-new-hampshire.xml">The Nature Conservancy</a> and the University of New Hampshire are working to restore oyster beds in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bay_(New_Hampshire)">Great Bay</a>. The organization hopes its efforts can help stave off an ecosystem collapse while towns in the watershed work toward upgrading their wastewater plants.&nbsp; Wed, 20 Jun 2012 02:36:51 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 7204 at http://nhpr.org Efforts to Restore Oyster Beds Could be a Stopgap Measure for Great Bay Great Bay Communities and EPA Square Off In Exeter http://nhpr.org/post/great-bay-communities-and-epa-square-exeter <p>&nbsp;</p><div style="line-height: normal; margin: 0px; "><p>Representatives of five New Hampshire towns say the Environmental Protection Agency is imposing wastewater limits on the Great Bay that are a financial burden.&nbsp;They made their case to two members of the Congressional Committee on Oversight at a field hearing held in Exeter Monday. While towns and regulators haggle over the cost of improving waste water treatment, time may be running out for the Great Bay estuary.</p><p><strong>A Contentious Issue</strong></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 6183 at http://nhpr.org Great Bay Communities and EPA Square Off In Exeter Conservation Law Foundation Joins DES in Great Bay Lawsuit http://nhpr.org/post/conservation-law-foundation-joins-des-great-bay-lawsuit <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Conservation Law Foundation has asked to help defend the Department of Environmental Services in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Great Bay area communities.</p><p>The suit is an attempt to block rules that would require the towns to upgrade their wastewater treatment plants.</p><p>The CLF&rsquo;s Director, Tom Irwin, says the suit is a stalling tactic, aimed to delay measures needed to help the Great Bay recover its health.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:20:05 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3156 at http://nhpr.org Conservation Law Foundation Joins DES in Great Bay Lawsuit