Investments in Portsmouth’s Peirce Island facility: Improving Water Quality in the Estuary

Join us next Thursday for the 3rd Science Cafe in the Series: Our Changing Water

science cafe March 22

Science on Tap at Portsmouth Brewery March 22 –

Portsmouth’s wastewater treatment Investments and its impact on the estuary


Portsmouth, NH – With construction of Portsmouth’s new wastewater treatment plant now underway, what improvements in water quality can the region expect to see over the coming years? That’s the topic on tap at the next Science Café on Wednesday March 22 at Portsmouth Brewery. Come learn what the latest science tells us about how less nitrogen and other pollutants will improve the health of the Piscataqua River, Great Bay, and other rivers that flow to Portsmouth Harbor. Speakers include Terry Desmarais, Engineer for the City of Portsmouth; Tom Irwin, Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation; and Dean Peschel, environmental consultant for the City of Dover. The event will be moderated by Sam Evans-Brown from NH Public Radio. Doors open at 5:30 for socializing, the program starts at 6 pm. Admission is free.


“The Science Cafė series this winter has been a huge success”, says Molly Bolster, Executive Director of the Gundalow Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the maritime heritage and water quality of the Piscataqua Region. “We’ve had huge turnouts and wonderful, lively discussions about important environmental topics. These events have been fun ways to learn about the many ways science and action can improve the health of the rivers and bays that connect all our Seacoast communities”.


“What a great way to spend an evening”, says Portsmouth Brewery General Manager, Brennen Rumble. “Meet new people, enjoy a local beer, learn about things we can all do to make our beaches, rivers and bays healthier – these are the places that make our region such a special place to live.”


Other upcoming Science Cafés include


Wednesday April 19, 6 pm – Raging Rivers – Is New England prepared for increasingly extreme weather?  Discussion led by Mary Stampone (NH State Climatologist) and Cliff Sinnott (NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission), moderated by Sam Evans Brown (NHPR).


Wednesday May 10 – 6 pm – Pollution Solutions – What can you do as an individual?

Dave Cederholm (Wastewater Engineer at Tighe and Bond), and Stephen Jones (UNH/NH Sea Grant), Corey Riley (Great Bay National Estuary Research Reserve). moderated by Melissa Paly (CrossCurrent Communications).


All events take place at The Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market Street, Portsmouth, in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. Doors open at 5:30pm for socializing, the program begins at 6 pm. Admission is free.


The Gundalow Company is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action. Programs, held throughout the tidal towns of the Piscataqua, connect history with contemporary social issues such as water quality, habitat restoration, conservation and stewardship. Many programs take place on the flagship vessel the Piscataqua, a reproduction of the sailing barges that were used for hundreds of years to transport goods up and down the rivers of the Seacoast region. Learn more at

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