DRAFT PROGRAM FOR STATE OF OUR ESTUARIES CONFERENCE
December 8th 8 AM — 4 PM
Portsmouth Harbor Events Center
100 Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH

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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
WELCOME
8:45am – 8:50am: Beyond Borders
Film by Emily Lord, The Stewardship Network: New England, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

8:50am – 9:00am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Rachel Rouillard, PREP Director

9:00am – 9:15am: Remarks from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Melville P. Coté, Surface Water Branch Chief, Region 1

9:15am – 9:45am: Keynote Address
Peter Egelston, Owner and President, Smuttynose Brewing Company

9:45am – 9:55am: The 2018 State of Our Estuaries
Rachel Rouillard, PREP Director

9:55am – 10:25am: Estuarine Health: Stress and Resilience
Dr. Kalle Matso, PREP Coastal Scientist

Dr. Kalle Matso, Coastal Scientist presents the key points of the Resilience section, a new component created to help our readers take a step back from the individual indicators and to look at our estuaries more holistically.

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10:25 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK
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10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
PRESSURE INDICATORS
10:45am – 11:00am 2018 State of Our Estuaries: An Overview of Pressure Indicator Trends
Dr. Kalle Matso, Coastal Scientist presents a review of key points from the 2018 Report’s coverage of the following indicators: impervious surfaces, nutrient loading and total suspended solids.

11:00am – 11:45am Session 1: Responding to Pressures: Municipalities at the Leading Edge

Moderator: Todd I. Selig, Town Administrator, Durham, New Hampshire
Speakers:
Investing in Infrastructure |Jennifer Perry, Public Works Director, Exeter, NH
Climate Change Resilience in a Historic Coastal Community | Peter Britz, Environmental Planner/Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH
Managing Pressures in a Growing Community| Jessa Kellogg, Shoreland Resource Officer, Kittery, ME

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11:45 AM – 12:30 PM LUNCH
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12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
CONDITION INDICATORS
12:30pm – 12:50pm 2018 State of Our Estuaries: Condition Indicators
Dr. Kalle Matso, Coastal Scientist presents an overview of condition indicators that help us understand the current health of our estuaries.

12:50pm – 1:50pm Session 2: What We’re Seeing: From the Tributaries to the Hampton-Seabrook Salt Marshes

Moderator: Cory Riley, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager, Greenland, New Hampshire
Speakers:
• Dr. Steve Jones, NH Sea Grant Associate Director, Research Associate Professor of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
• Dr. William McDowell, Professor Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire
• Dr. Ray Grizzle, Research Professor of Zoology, University of New Hampshire
• Rachel Stevens, Stewardship Coordinator, Great Bay National Estuaries Research Reserve

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1:50 PM – 2:10 PM BREAK
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2:10 PM – 3:30 PM
SOCIAL INDICATORS
2:10pm – 2:40pm 2018 State of Our Estuaries: Social Indicators
Abigail Lyon, PREP Community Technical Assistance Program Manager
Dr. Shannon Rogers, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

2:45pm – 3:30pm Session 3: Stepping Up: Leading Grassroots Change Efforts in Support of Our Water Resources

Moderator: Roger Stephenson, Principal, Stephenson Strategic Communications
Speakers:
Keeping Great Bay Great | Ted Hartmann, Greenland Police Officer, Great Bay Gunners
Exeter’s Great Dam Removal:  A glimpse into the role dedicated volunteers played in moving a major water quality improvement project toward fruition.  | Kristen Murphy, Natural Resource Planner, Exeter, NH
Organizing a New Alliance: Creating SHEA | Jay Diener, Seabrook Hampton Estuary Alliance (SHEA), Conservation Commission Round Table, Conservation Commission Hampton, NH
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3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
LOOKING AHEAD
3:30pm – 3:50pm Looking Ahead
Cory Riley, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager, Greenland, NH & PREP Management Committee Chair

3:50pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks
Rachel Rouillard, PREP Director

4:00 PM ADJOURN
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6:00 PM – 9:00 PM STORIES FROM THE FIELD: CELEBRATING CITIZEN SCIENCE IN NH

“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”
–Ursula K. Le Guin

We all have a story to tell. Join us for a captivating evening of stories from your family, friends, and neighbors. A first of its kind event at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughn Street, Portsmouth, NH) where we will feature the faces, places, and stories of citizen science in New Hampshire.

For more information visit: http://www.stateofourestuaries.org/conference/citsci/