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New Hampshire's Great Bay

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Amy Quinton, NHPR
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"A national treasure in our backyard"

It spans more than 13,000 acres. Nearly a quarter of the state’s population lives within its watershed. In a weeklong series, NHPR’s Environment Reporter Amy Quinton looks at the troubles pollution poses to the health of this critical estuary, and some proposed solutions for returning the Seacoast’s Great Bay to health.

Brought to you in part by: The Fuller Foundation

Great Bay Watershed Map  |  More Great Bay Images

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Series Stories:

Great Bay Estuary Faces Pollution Threats

Scientists are seeing warning signs that the Great Bay is being harmed by the effects of population growth. And it will likely take decades and cost millions to restore the bay to its former health.

Sewage Treatment Plants Part of Pollution Problem in the Great Bay

The 14 sewage treatment plants that discharge into the Great Bay's waters will face tougher clean water standards because of pollution

Development Plays Key Role in Pollution of the Great Bay Estuary

The majority of pollution in the Great Bay estuary comes from so-called non point sources, such as stormwater runoff. And much of that comes from development.

Restoring Oysters Could Help Clean the Great Bay Estuary

The Great Bay estuary has lost most of its oyster reefs. Restoring them could help restore ecosystem's balance.

Can We Fix the Great Bay Estuary?

Officials are discussing ways to prevent further deterioration of the Great Bay Estuary.

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