The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Estuary Program, which is a joint local/state/federal program established under the Clean Water Act. PREP’s goal is to protect and restore the Great Bay Estuary watershed and Hampton-Seabrook Estuary watershed. The organization receives its funding from the EPA and is administered by the University of New Hampshire. PREP will complete its update of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) in early 2010. The first CCMP was released in 2000 when the organization was the New Hampshire Estuaries Project (NHEP). The NHEP management committee and a CCMP project team guided development of the 2000 CCMP. This working group was made up of agency representatives, university researchers, municipal employees and board members, representatives of environmental organizations, and other interested parties. A brief update of the plan was published in 2005. The purpose of the 2010 CCMP update is to focus organizational efforts on the most pressing current issues and to anticipate needs that may appear over the next decade. The plan update is engaging members of the 42 New Hampshire communities and the 10 Maine communities that lie within PREP’s focus area. The Maine communities were added to the organization’s service area on January 1, 2008. Figure 1 shows the PREP communities and watershed boundaries; the watersheds for the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary, the Great Bay Estuary, and NH’s Atlantic coast are included in the focus area.
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, Durham, NH
D. B. Truslow Associates, "Stakeholder Input and Meeting Summary Report" (2009). PREP Publications. 105.