Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Project (PREP) is hosted at Nesmith Hall on UNH’s Durham campus.  The program is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a local/state/federal program established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources.  The PREP’s priorities include water quality improvements, shellfish resources, land protection and habitat restoration. 

PREP strives to:

  • Improve the water quality and overall health of the region’s estuaries.
  • Support regional development patterns that protect water quality, maintain open spaces and important habitat, and preserve estuarine resources.
  • Track environmental trends through the implementation of a long-term monitoring program to assess indicators of estuarine health
  • Develop broad-based popular support for a plan that aims to improve environmental quality in New Hampshire’s estuaries.

The program has four staff members: a director, a coastal scientist, a conservation program manager, and a community impact program manager.  PREP serves 52 communities in the Piscataqua Region coastal watershed of New Hampshire and Maine.  The area is home to the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary and the Great Bay Estuary, the largest estuary in New Hampshire.


Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership Resources