Do you live on the Winnicut River, or one of its brooks or streams? Would you like to learn how to have a "better backyard," or be a steward for wildlife? Do you enjoy birding, kayaking, or trail walking? Have you got Invasive Plant Problems? Would you like to learn more about the Winnicut River and its wildlife diversity, from its treefrogs and trout lilies, to its black bears and white cedars? If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above, we need YOU. The WRWC is working hard to develop a Better Backyard campaign which promises to be a rewarding program for land/homeowners interested in protecting the integrity of the Winnicut River, its streams and brooks, and ultimately Great Bay, and the wildlife that lives and breeds here. E-mail us today to learn more at winnicut@nhrivers.org

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Invasive Species Talk at Portsmouth Public Library

On Wednesday, November 17th, the Advocates for the North Mill Pond will host a presentation given by Douglas Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator for the N.H. Dept. of Agriculture. His focus will be invasive upland plant species.

Mr. Cygan will bring us information about the N.H. rules and regulations regarding these plants, help us learn how to identify some of N.H.'s worst invaders and how best to protect our property from the spread of these unwelcome invaders. A colorful guide to these invasive plants species will be available to all attendees.

Refreshments served at 6:45pm. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hilton Garden Room of the Portsmouth Public Library. Please direct questions to:

Steve Miller
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Great Bay NERR
89 Depot Road
Greenland, NH 03840
(603) 778-0015 ext 305

From Steve:

"Invasive species control is a growing problem. Invasive species reduce biological diversity, diminish the ability of our habitats to sustain wildlife, replace valuable native species, and weaken other ecological functions that benefit us all.

[Cygan's presentation provides] an opportunity to discuss the issue with other municipal board members as well as get updated on current efforts to control invasive species. Please pass this notice to others who may have interest."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

How Does Your Lawn Grow?

Now airing on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), an award-winning documentary, 'A Chemical Reaction', takes an in-depth look at the lawn chemical industry, providing a compelling basis for why every lawn should be free from pesticides.

Imagine if we could achieve "pesticide-free" neighborhoods!?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Estuaries Partnership's 2010 Conservation Management Plan

Yesterday's release of PREP's 2010 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, held at New Castle's scenic Great Island Common, saw more than 50 members and representatives from area conservation organizations and municipalities.  U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter personally spoke in support of what she called an "ambitious" plan, while representatives from other NH and Maine congressional delegates read letters supporting the plan.

With more than 80 action plans developed over an 18-month period through a series of workshops that more than 150 researchers, natural resource managers and watershed citizens attended, the plan is just that- ambitious.  But more than 200 organizations will be involved in its implementation over a 10-year period.


U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter addresses the audience September 20, 2010 in New Castle during the release of the 2010 Piscataqua Region Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

 With more and more news on Great Bay's health making headlines, water quality issues in areas "upstream" are also getting attention.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tri-town Public Meetings Planned

All dates and times are listed in the green bars.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

WRWC Kick-off Event A Success!

More than 50 people from local communities, organizations and groups participated in the Winnicut River Watershed Coalition's first outreach event on Saturday, May 15, 2010.

While the wind tried hard to dampen spirits, it was an enjoyable, social afternoon with much networking.  Many thanks to the following exhibitors for participating in this successful first event:

Joshua Cline, NH Rivers Council

Amanda Nelson, Weeks Brick House

Jean Eno, Greenland Conservation Commission

NH DOT Stormwater Pollution Outreach Program

Great Bay Stewards

Cheri Patterson, NH Fish & Game

Rick Mauer & sons, and Barry Gendron, Boy Scout Troop 158

Artist Hal Kirby

Artist Anthony D'Allesandro

Greg Tillman, NH Audubon (riverwalk guide)

NH Coastal Protection Partnership

Eco Movement Consulting

Thanks to the following individuals for their contributions to our raffle, and congratulations to their winners:

Suds N' Soda Sports Outlet: rod & reel, $60 value - Anthony D'Allesandro

Photographer Ann Reid: photograph of "Horseshoe Crabs," $85 value - John Meyer

Artist Hal Kirby: pastel print of "Old Ironsides," $30 value - Gordon Hislop
                          pastel print of "Prescott Park Fountains," $40 value - Bill Bilodeau

Artist Anthony D'Allesandro: pastel print of "Marsh at Sunset," $90 value - Tim Farrell


Big thanks to the following individuals for their help, without which things would have been a lot more hectic:

Paul Eno - parking, and pre/post grunt work

Tim Farrell & Friends - grilling, food delivery

Chip Hussey -  post grunt work


Joshua Cline, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Rivers Council, addresses participants at the Winnicut River Watershed Coalition kick-off event held at the Weeks Brick House in Greenland, NH