Tag: Squamscott River
Today on the Great Bay and Squamscott River
“of oysters and history”
Last evening in Stratham you had an opportunity to express your feelings about bestowing Protected River status on the Squamscott and the lower Exeter River. I attended as did Dan Jones Esq who pointed out it’s pronounced Squamscott (hit the q ) not Swamscott. The Chairman of the advisory committee hearing testimony is from Boscawen. Bosquin is correct. I guess we all mess that pronunciation, along with Lebanon. You should reel it off it fast like Peabody. Peebedee is the correct form. Lebinin, I guess is correct. Eggzeter, hear that alot.
The meeting in Stratam, Stratham was really informative and you can submit a letter if you were unable to attend. Send a note by the 28 th of July . I will post the address. It will help to insure what looks to be a sure thing. The River was key to our development and really needs to be honored for that role and set free too.
A gentleman from Newfields Conservation Commission with a scientific background informed us of the presence of giant oysters at the mouth of the Squamscott River. I was aware of a closed oyster bed( pollution) on the Bay side of the RR trestle but not inside . It seems these adaptable oysters can be as old as ten years, that’s very old for an oyster. They are also huge measuring as large as 8 – 10 inches. They seem to be functioning fine filtering water and deserve further study, and protection. Maybe we have a strain of disease tolerant oysters that could be planted elsewhere. Is that possible?
Here is a scholarly article on the oyster beds in the Bay with a map. Its 2003 , yes . I like the date , still talking about it 7 years hence.
OYSTER (CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA) REEF MAPPING IN THE GREAT
BAY ESTUARY, NEW HAMPSHIRE – 2003
Donna Schlachman was there, Doug Scamman, Theresa Walker RPC, Cheri Patterson NHF&G, Don Clement in his ERLAC role was there, Paul Deschaine Stratham Town Manager, a good crowd.
Try and post a letter before July 28th with your thoughts on the Squamscott River & Lower Exeter River.
NH Dept. of Environmental Services,
29 Hazen Dr., PO Box 95, Concord,NH 03302-0095
Attn: Rivers Coordinator.
NHDES has a web site page devoted to the River Protection process.
Sea & Sky
The unpleasant and mysterious discharges continue in the Squamscott River. This was taken Sept 6th 2009. I have to tell you, I don’t even report it anymore. I was actually thinking a more militant posture is needed by those that want to Save Great Bay. How much longer are we going to talk about it? If you were invited to an all day seminar on the State of the Great Bay would you pay attention? If you were a significant player would you feel compelled to learn as much as you can and network with other officials? What would you think of someone that brought their knitting? Oh, to be King for a day.
Here are some pleasant shots.
The Thomas Leighton passing Whaleback Light, on it’s way to the Isles of Shoals.
The Leighton is really a local treasure.
We are both underway in the Piscataqua River.
If you look very close ,there is center console hard top just barely visible, it was a funky morning. This is the route 16 bridge.
The best kind of wake.
Stopping at Dunkies before leaving can make the River to Bay transition a very tight squeeze.
Under tow from Dover, docking at Ceres Street. Kyle was on board, I had dropped him in Dover where the Gundalow had been visiting using my boat earlier in the day.
A working water way is so interesting, although the harbor at Monte Carlo still has significant allure.
Monrovia, anyone sure where that it is? All I see is Groucho in a uniform.
Still an issue at some point.
This was a project that appeared to require more than two men. If we ever build a new bridge over the Bay this old bridge will be used somehow in the process.
Our Harbormaster Bud Field keeps his sturdy vessel moored at Newfields landing in the Squamscott.
Kyle, at work.
Tall Ships at Portsmouth NH
That’s the Stratham fair chopper ride you can see. If I zoomed it you can tell he is coming out of a dive, yes a dive. I can assure you that many people got a thrilling ride from what I could see. Love to see the FAA rule book on chopper rides.
I snapped this in DC this Spring. Mine might be roll clouds except for that spike.
The link below has some great cloud pictures.