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New Hampshire Estuaries Project Honored for Conservation Efforts

By Dave Kellam, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
September 24, 2008

New Hampshire Estuaries Project Honored for Conservation Efforts

The New Hampshire Estuaries Project, housed at UNH, has been awarded the annual Conservation Partner Award by the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

The award recognizes the group’s collaborative approach to improving water quality, habitat and shellfish restoration, and land protection in New Hampshire’s coastal watersheds. The New Hampshire Estuaries Project and The Nature Conservancy have worked closely together on many projects that achieve shared goals including the development of a Great Bay Restoration Compendium, a Coastal Watershed Land Conservation Plan, and the establishment of the Partnership to Restore New Hampshire’s Estuaries.

"The N.H. Estuaries Project’s priorities mirror those of The Nature Conservancy, including water quality improvements, restoring habitat and shellfish resources, and land protection," said Daryl Burtnett, the Conservancy's state director. "And in an area of the state that's rich with strong partnerships, the N.H. Estuaries Project is one of our most effective partners."

The New Hampshire Estuaries Project is a collaborative program involving governmental agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and the public to protect, enhance and monitor the environmental quality of the region’s coastal bays and rivers. It is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through an agreement with UNH. Learn more at www.nhep.unh.edu.

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