Graduate Student Work Leads to New Protections for this Watershed

A graduate student’s research led to a water quality and land use conference and to new protections for the Lamprey River watershed.

A graduate research fellow at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve conducted research about impervious surfaces, stormwater runoff, flooding, and water quality in this region. More than 100 hours of interviews were conducted. The report served as a catalyst for a conference focused on water quality and land use issues. This conference led to a legislature-approved “protected river status” for the Lamprey River and tributaries, and triggered the formation of a Lamprey River watershed council and expanded river advisory committee. These citizen groups provide input on state decisions affecting the rivers and are responsible for coordinating the management and protection of the rivers for fisheries, recreation, and water quality and quantity.

The graduate research fellow who completed the social landscape analysis and helped put on the conference received a 2010 Walter B. Jones Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. (2016)

Partners: Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lamprey River Advisory Committee, Lamprey River Watershed Association, Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowship Program, New Hampshire Sea Grant, New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, Rockingham Planning Commission, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve