Resilient NH Coasts: Hampton-Seabrook Estuary Technical Assistance
Recognizing their connection through the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary, the three towns committed to working together to find joint solutions for addressing issues of climate change in their communities. UNH Cooperative Extension-NROC coordinated and facilitated a series of five “Preparing for Climate Change” workshops for community members in the towns of Seabrook, Hampton and Hampton Falls, working closely with a steering committee comprised of members of the Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Alliance (SHEA)–this group included two representatives from each town. The NROC team met with the steering committee six times over the course of the project from May – December 2014. The sequence of workshops was created in response to local interests and concerns expressed at each subsequent workshop and included one workshop focused on how sea level rise will affect salt marshes using the SLAMM results. Combined, 65 individual people attended the community workshops. Some of these individuals have attended more than one workshop or all five workshops. SHEA continued to meet and conduct work after this grant ended.