Author Archive | Kirsten Howard

#KingTideNH2016. By Brian Wilson. Hampton NH

CAW Partners Announce Coastal Resilience Grant Awards, Commit to Implement NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission Recommendations

Portsmouth, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program is excited to announce five new projects to promote flood hazard preparedness and resilience in New Hampshire communities along the Atlantic Coast and Great Bay estuary. Together, these projects mobilize over $521,000 to focus on municipal and state coastal resilience planning and […]

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SOAK helps install a rain garden in Greenland NH. Photo credit: Soak up the Rain NH

Landscapers Learn How to Use their Green Thumbs to SOAK Up the Rain and Protect NH Water Bodies

Original story by Sarah Schaier, Production Editor, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Adapted by Kirsten Howard, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program In November 2015, landscape professionals gathered at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland, New Hampshire, which overlooks the expansive Great Bay estuary, to learn how to “soak up the […]

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Exploring the wrack line by the Seavey Creek staddle with junior ranger #odiorne point. By Brian Wilson. Rye NH

Guest Blog Post: The Best Presentations in Life Are Short

NHCAW member and Strafford Regional Planning Commission Principal Planner Kyle Pimental recently gave a conference presentation about a project he worked on with NHCAW partners and Oyster River Middle School teachers, 5th graders, and their parents to explore how climate change affects our communities. In this blog post, Kyle shares some of his tips for giving a great presentation. It’s not always easy […]

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#SeabrookNH showing signs of a wetter future. By Nathalie Morison. Seabrook NH

NH Coastal Hazards Commission Issues Findings on Risks from Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise and Recommends Action to Prepare Now

After three years of dedicated research, deliberation, and public input, the New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission released its final report today, entitled “Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation.” This report presents the best available science, identifies assets vulnerable to coastal flooding, and lays out 35 recommendations and associated actions for […]

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Take the New Hampshire Coastal Viewer Survey Today

Do you like to explore and make maps that show how New Hampshire’s coastal community infrastructure is vulnerable to flooding? How coastal communities could be affected by sea-level rise in the future? How salt marshes might change (or disappear) with sea-level rise? Are you interested in exploring how eelgrass resources have changed since the 1980’s in Great Bay and the surrounding estuary? […]

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3rd Place Winner. No Wake Zone. By Mike Barron. Hampton NH

These 51 Images From #KingTideNH2016 Provide a Window into NH’s Coastal Flooding Future

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest was a great success. King Tide is an especially high tide that occurs when the gravitational pulls of the sun and moon reinforce one another. This extra-high tide happens a few times per year when the moon is closest to the earth. In fall 2016, on […]

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1st Place Winner. Water Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink. By Dan Gobbi. Dan said, "With the state in a severe drought there was no lack of sea water during this King Tide." Seabrook NH

And the King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest Winners Are…

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is thrilled to announce the four prize-winning photos and photographers from the NH King Tide 2016 Photo Contest. We had 135 photo entries this year! These photos paint a picture of what we can expect to see more frequently with sea-level rise in the future. Thanks to all who participated, to our independent […]

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Amanda Moeser, The Nature Conservancy, preparing cages for the 12 million oyster larvae to grow into spat-on-shell, at UNH’s Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. © The Nature Conservancy

Restoring Oysters in the Great Bay Estuary

By Ellie Baker, The Nature Conservancy In 2016, The Nature Conservancy, University of New Hampshire, and independent oyster growers worked together to initiate oyster restoration efforts in 12 acres of the Great Bay Estuary in NH.  Restoration efforts in a 5-acre project area, northwest of Nannie Island in Newington, were supported by funds from the Aquatic […]

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Photo credit: Todd Selig. Left to right: Trevor Mattera, UNH; Kirsten Howard NHDES Coastal Program; Mike Lynch, Town of Durham; Dave Burdick, UNH at Durham Day.

Wagon Hill Farm in Durham to Pilot Living Shoreline to Address Erosion and Adapt to Sea-Level Rise

On September 17, 2016, Mike Lynch, Department of Public Works Director for the Town of Durham, attended Durham Day, located at Wagon Hill Farm, to celebrate the community together with hundreds of Durham residents, young and old. Residents took in what may have been the last summery day of the year at the beautiful property, […]

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