Great Bay Coast Watch Honors
Contact: Kirsten Weir
NH Sea Grant
Dec. 9, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- Several Great Bay Coast Watch volunteers have received
awards for their service to the water quality monitoring program.
Johanna Hock of Newmarket received the Great Bay Coast Watch Blue
Water Award for exemplary service in monitoring both water quality
and phytoplankton during the 2005 season. Pam Sampson of Dover and
Heather Hochuli of Nashua were also honored for their contributions.
Claire Antaya of Hampton received the student volunteer of the year
Awards were presented at the Chili and Chowdah Fest, an annual event
that celebrates the more than 100 volunteers that donate their time
to Great Bay Coast Watch.
Sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant, Great Bay
Coast Watch is a volunteer effort dedicated to protecting the long-term
health of New Hampshire’s coastal waters and estuarine systems
through monitoring and education projects. Founded in 1989, the
Watch now monitors water quality at 21 sites and phytoplankton levels
at six sites around Great Bay.
This year the New Hampshire Estuaries Project provided funding for
Great Bay Coast Watch to assist the NH Department of Environmental
Service’s Shellfish Program in monitoring shellfish-growing
areas for water quality and red tide. In addition, Great Bay Coast
Watch received funding from the New Hampshire Coastal Program, the
town of Greenland, and a number of small private donations. For
more information about making donations or volunteering with the
program, contact Great Bay Coast Watch coordinator Ann Reid (603-749-1565;