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The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is a collaboration of 21 organizations working to help communities in New Hampshire’s Seacoast area prepare for the effects of extreme weather events and other effects of long term climate change. NHCAW provides communities with resources, education, facilitation and guidance. Connect to NHCAW workshop materials, sign up for updates on the right of this page, and explore the website for the latest news.

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Photo by Mike Barron, Hampton NH

Public Comments Sought on Commission Report Urging State, Municipalities to Prepare New Hampshire for Increased Coastal Flood Risk

Reposted from NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission The New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission summarizes coastal vulnerabilities to projected storm surge, sea-level rise, and extreme precipitation and recommends actions to minimize coastal flood risk in draft report released for public comment. Seabrook, NH – After two and a half years of study, the […]

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Kim Reed (in back in navy jacket) with the Rye Girl Scouts (including her daughter in front row in red) at a beach cleanup

NH Coastal Towns Start Preparing for Sea-level Rise and More Extreme Flooding: Spotlight on Rye

By Kirsten Howard, NHDES Coastal Program It’s no secret that there are some risks that come with living near the beautiful coastline in Rye. In exchange for the scenic vistas, easy access, and some great backyard bird watching, one tradeoff is that residents are exposed to coastal flooding, especially as storms become more intense, sea […]

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A Look Inside the First National Living Shorelines Conference

Guest Story By Trevor Mattera and Emily Bialowas, University of New Hampshire This story is part of the Shoreline Management Story Series, sponsored by the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. To read more stories in the series, click here. On December 1st […]

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The fences and sign ask visitors to stick to the beach area and stay off the “sensitive shoreline”.

Popular Wagon Hill Farm Slipping Away Under Foot and Paw

This story is part of the Shoreline Management Story Series, sponsored by the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. To read more stories in the series, click here. Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, NH By Brendan Newell, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, with […]

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Photo by Heidi Davis, Newbury MA

Before We Ring in the New Year: Let’s Look Back at the 2015 King Tides Photo Contest Winners!

The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup wishes you all a fun and safe holiday and a Happy New Year! But before we head out for some quality family time, let’s look back at the photo contest winners from the October 2015 King Tide. Portland, ME – During high tides on October 28 and 29, 2015, coastal […]

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2014 Contest submission by Luisa Morgan

NH Citizens and Photographers Invited to Participate in King Tide Photo Contest Wednesday at Noon

NHCAW’s “King Tide” Photo Contest Goes International: NH Citizens and Photographers Invited to Capture Seacoast’s Highest Tide of the Year along with citizens from New Brunswick, Canada to Cape Cod, Massachusetts Durham, NH – King Tide, the highest tide of the year is rolling into the Seacoast midday this Wednesday October 28th. The New Hampshire […]

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Oysters: Bivalves with Lots to Give

Great Bay Estuary, NH By Cathy Coletti, NHDES Coastal Program This story is part of the Shoreline Management Story Series, sponsored by the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. To read more stories in the series, click here. Delightful subtleties in texture and […]

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