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Local Conservation Organizations

Advocates for the North Mill Pond

38 Thornton Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Steve Miller, President

Committed to the protection, conservation and enhancement of the North Mill Pond, Portsmouth. Goals include monitoring the environmental health of the North Mill Pond, working with the City to improve water quality, assisting NHDES with environmental studies and restoration work, and encouraging appropriate revitalization plans and uses that complement and encourage the stability of the tidal pond ecosystem. Then ANMP conducts debris cleanups along the pond shores, publishes a newsletter to inform residents on activities and issues, and provides a forum for neighborhood discussion and input on future goals and projects.

Clean Water Action

163 Court Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-430-9565 / 603-430-9708 (fax)
Doug Bogen, State Coordinator

A national citizens' organization that works for clean and safe water at an affordable cost, sensible solutions to the solid waste crisis, control of toxic chemicals and protection of our nation's natural resources. Coordinated statewide coalition to eliminate mercury releases in the environment and to clean up the State's grandfathered fossil fueled power plants. Contacted residents in affected communities to win local votes on wild and scenic designation for Lamprey River. Coordinator elected to co-chair Restoration Advisory Board for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Superfund clean-up.

Cocheco River Watershed Coalition

259 County Farm Road, Unit 5
Dover, NH 03820-6015
603-749-4445 / 603-743-3431 (fax)
Lorie Chase, Coordinator

The citizen/community-based group works to improve the environmental quality of the Cocheco watershed by encouraging communities to regard the river as an asset, to believe that fish are in the river to serve as indicators of ecosystem health, and that the citizens are watershed stewards. Members monitor water quality, do stream assessments, walk and canoe to explore the watershed, do clean-ups, and promote awareness and public education.

Environmental Hazards Management Institute

PO Box 932
10 Newmarket Road
Durham, NH 03824
800-558-3464 / 603-868-1496 / 603-8681547 (fax)
Jim Goss, Environmental Programs Coordinator

Brings stakeholders together on environmental hazard issues through innovative educational programs and products, conferences, publications, and consultation. Produced an Emergency Action wheel, developed with Massachusetts organizations, that provides facts on environmental accidents and measures to take in case of an accident; and a Home Environment wheel, developed cooperatively with EPA Region 5, that addresses how to improve indoor air quality and energy conservation.

Exeter River Watershed Association, Inc.

PO Box 440
Sandown, NH 03873-0440
603-887-3271 / 603-887-3046 (fax)
Camilla C. Lockwood

Promotes protection of the Exeter River watershed as a natural resource and drinking water supply. Raises awareness of the Exeter River and its importance among citizens living in the towns through which it flows.

Exeter River Local Advisory Committee

156 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Theresa Walker

Established by the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program as a permanent advisory body for the Exeter River. Members are nominated by local communities and appointed by the Commissioner of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Works with the Exeter River Watershed Association, Rockingham Land Trust, Rockingham Planning Commission, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, communities, and other organizations to undertake a comprehensive approach toward the protection of the rivers resources.

Great Bay Stewards, Inc.

89 Depot Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-224-5863 X20
Duane Hyde, President

Formed in 1995 to support the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve through land acquisition, research, stewardship, and outreach and education. Accepts and raises funds to support projects related to the Sandy Point Discovery Center and the Reserve. Incorporated as a non-profit organization with members who contribute annual dues. In 1997, the Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust merged with the Great Bay Stewards to serve conservation interests in the Great Bay region.

Great Bay Coast Watch

Kingman Farm, University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
603 749-1565 / 603 743-3997 (fax)

Citizen water quality monitoring group formed in 1989 with a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, now supported by UNH Cooperative Extension. Monitors 21 sites on the tidal portions of Great Bay and maintains a database on dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, temperature and coliform bacteria.

Other volunteer opportunities include phytoplankton monitoring, shoreline surveys to identify potential pollution sources and the collection of stormwater discharge and ambient shellfish water samples.

Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation

446 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-430-9182 / 603-431-6268 (fax)
Peter Lamb, Executive Director

Works to improve the quality of life in the Seacoast through the application of funds contributed by individuals, organizations and corporations. Founding partner of the Collaboration of Community Foundations for the Gulf of Maine and the private sector partner of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, a five jurisdiction environmental initiative.

Lamprey River Watershed Association

55 Wiswall Rd
Durham, NH 03824
603-659-5936 / 603-659-6310 (fax)
Carl F. Spang, Jr., President

Provides advocacy and grass roots support for the Lamprey River. Represents landowners, naturalists, archeologists, and recreational users desiring to preserve and enhance the river's ecological and historical attributes. Brought Lamprey River Wild and Scenic bill to Congress. Participates in Lamprey River Advisory Study Committees. Publishes newsletter to members. Coordinates water quality monitoring with NHDES. Provides educational grants in cooperation with the National Park Service and other federal agencies. Provides conservation easement grants in cooperation with local, state, and federal agencies.

Lamprey River Advisory Committee

55 Wiswall Road
Durham, NH 03824
603 659-5936 / 603 659-6310 (fax)
Judith Spang, Chairperson

Established by the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program as a permanent advisory body for the Lamprey River. Members are nominated by local communities, the Towns of Durham, Lee, Epping and Newmarket, and appointed by the Commissioner of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Represents a variety of interests, including riparian ownership, business, conservation, recreation, agriculture and local government. The LRAC works with the Lamprey River Watershed Association, the National Park Service, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, communities, local land trusts and other organizations to undertake a comprehensive approach toward the protection of the rivers resources.

LifeWise Community Projects

124 Glade Path
PO Box 2120
Hampton, NH 03843
603-926-6712 / 603-926-0536 (fax)
Bruce Montville, President

Organizes an Environmental Corps of thirty caring and concerned citizens who participate in proactive programs to safeguard the natural resources of the seacoast region. Conducts a Source Water Protection Project that provides volunteer time for field inventories in wellhead locations, community awareness and education programs, residential and business visitations, map overlays of potential contamination sources, and other activities. Organized the installation of a handicapped access at Hampton Beach.

Oyster River Watershed Association

59 Randall Road
Lee, NH 03824
603-868-1822 / 603-743-3667 (fax)
Chuck Cox, Acting Chair

Formed in 1999 with assistance from the Strafford Regional Planning Commission and the Strafford County Conservation District. The mission of the Association is to protect, promote and enhance the ecological integrity and environmental quality of the Oyster River Watershed through land protection and education.

Piscataqua Maritime Commission

500 Market Street, PO Box 545
Portsmouth, NH 03802-0545
Bonnie Roberts-Kerns, Executive Director

Coordinates waterfront events that heighten awareness of Portsmouth's marine and naval heritage and current maritime industries.

Propeller Club of the U.S.

Moran Towing of NH
34 Cress Street, Box 488
Portsmouth, NH 03802-1436
Robert Stewart, President

Promotes merchant marine, shipyards and allied industries, and supports the UNH Sea Grant Program.

Seacoast Anti-Pollution League

PO Box 1136
Portsmouth, NH 03802-1136
Jennifer Hicks, Field Director
David Hills, President

Founded in 1969 to stop the development of Seabrook Nuclear Reactor Plant, SAPL has evolved into a multi-issue environmental protection organization along the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts, and Southern Maine. Its main functions are to monitor operations at Seabrook Nuclear Plant by demanding safety and accountability at all times, represent the public interest through out the Superfund site clean up process at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard, and demand tighter emissions standards for older power plants as a member of the "Clean Power Coalition".

Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire

PO Box 675
Exeter, NH 03833

The Trust works in partnership with local landowners and community and government organizations to protect local land resources.

Student Environmental Action Coalition

Memorial Union Building-Student Activities Office
Durham, NH 03824

Promotes environmental education for the UNH campus and surrounding communities through workshops, research on campus environmental issues, and environmental activism.

The Friends of Odiorne Point State Park

SSC 570 Ocean Blvd.
Rye, NH 03870-2104
603-436-8043 / 603-436-7880 (fax)
John Payzant, Chairman

Supports and promotes the activities at the Seacoast Science Center and Odiorne Point State Park and serves as a fund-raising source. Shares the leadership role at the Seacoast Science Center in cooperation with the three other leadership organizations: the Seacoast Science Center, Inc., New Hampshire Division of Parks, and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant Program. Sponsors the Clambake by the Sea, a fund-raiser for the Seacoast Science Center. NH Division of Parks anually clears and maintains trails.

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy

PO Box 623
Dover, NH 03821
Anna Boudreau Executive Director
(603) 557-7561

Preserves the Strafford region's natural resources through fee simple acquisition, conservation easements, and identification of priority areas along local rivers.

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