New Hampshire's Great Bay


"A national treasure in our backyard"

It spans more than 13,000 acres. Nearly a quarter of the state’s population lives within its watershed. In a 2011 series, brought to you in part by The Fuller Foundation, Amy Quinton looked at the trouble pollution poses to the health of this critical estuary, and some proposed solutions for returning the Seacoast’s Great Bay to health.

Now, NHPR's Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown brings you continuing coverage of the efforts being made in the Great Bay.

Coverage supported by Penn State Public Media.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Great Bay Area Communities Sue State Over Water Quality Issues

Amy Quinton, NHPR

A coalition of Great Bay area communities is suing the state and the Department of Environmental Services, claiming DES failed to follow proper rules when determining water quality standards in the Great Bay.

Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester, Exeter and Newmarket claim DES violated state and federal law by not conducting a formal public process when determining water quality standards in the Great Bay.

As a result, the communities say they face unnecessary multi-million dollar wastewater treatment upgrades.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
2:55 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Development Plays Key Role in Pollution of the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking an in-depth look at the New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

The estuary is one of the state’s natural treasures.

But it’s in trouble.

Yesterday, Amy told us about the role wastewater treatment plants have played in polluting the bay and how they now face tougher clean water standards.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Can We Fix the Great Bay Estuary?

Amy Quinton, NHPR

All this week, NHPR’s Amy Quinton has reported on some of the challenges facing the Great Bay.

Pollution is threatening the health of the estuary, but officials are discussing ways to prevent further deterioration.

In the last part of her series, environment reporter Amy Quinton takes a look at possible solutions.

 

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It’s quiet here on the Great Bay .

At mid-morning on this clear day, the water is almost as blue as the sky.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Restoring Oysters Could Help Clean the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week, NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking a look at some of the challenges facing the Great Bay estuary.

Earlier she reported on how pollution is killing the bay’s eelgrass, a source of food and habitat for wildlife.

But the Bay also has lost most of its oysters, which help filter the water.
Pollution, disease, and overharvesting have all played a part.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Development Plays Key Role in Pollution of the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking an in-depth look at the New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

The estuary is one of the state’s natural treasures.

But it’s in trouble.

Yesterday, Amy told us about the role wastewater treatment plants have played in polluting the bay and how they now face tougher clean water standards.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Sewage Treatment Plants Part of Pollution Problem in the Great Bay

Amy Quinton, NHPR
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The Environmental Protection Agency has designated New Hampshire’s Great Bay as officially impaired.

That means the 14 New Hampshire wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the estuary face tougher clean water standards.

And that could cost ratepayers millions.

In the second part of her series on the challenges facing the Great Bay, NHPR’s environment reporter Amy Quinton reports.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
12:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Great Bay Estuary Faces Pollution Threats

At 18 miles long, the New Hampshire coastline is the shortest in the country.

But if you include the Great Bay, the state’s meager coast grows by about 144 miles of tidal shoreline.

The rare inland estuary, where salt water meets fresh, spans more than 13,000 acres.

And nearly a quarter of the state’s population lives within its watershed.

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