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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

coastal restoration

New Hampshire's coastal ecosystems are threatened by habitat loss, stormwater pollution, non-native invasive species, and the effects of a changing atmosphere and climate. While our coastal ecosystems are resilient to change, a growing weight of evidence indicates that several important coastal resources are degraded or at risk. For instance, oyster populations in Great Bay are near an all time low, migratory fish (river herring, rainbow smelt) populations are declining throughout the Gulf of Maine, and sea level rise threatens to change the extent of salt marsh in N.H. The NHDES Coastal Program works with communities, individuals, agencies, and watershed groups on a voluntary basis on projects that protect and restore coastal ecosystems. The NHCP has identified the following coastal restoration focus areas:

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
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