News : New Coalition Enters Great Bay Battle

Jul 20, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Aaron Sanborn

A new coalition formed to protect the Great Bay estuary says its role will not be an adversarial one.

Two weeks ago, the Conservation Law Foundation announced the formation of Rescue Great Bay, a coalition of nonprofit organizations that favor regulatory actions that would require wastewater treatment plants to limit their nitrogen discharges into the estuary.

The formation of the new Rescue Great Bay coalition comes as another coalition, the Great Bay Municipal Coalition, continues to challenge the science behind the nitrogen discharge permits being issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Despite the ongoing battle, formation of the new coalition is not meant to add fuel to the fire, according to Peter Wellenberger, CLF's Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper.

Instead, Wellenberger said the new group will give a voice to those on the other side of the issue and focus on educating the public about non-point nitrogen pollution, which makes up a large majority of the estuary's nitrogen pollution.

"This has been in the works for a while and with so many organizations interested in protecting the bay, it kind of made sense to pool our resources together," Wellenberger said. "Despite the debate about the science, a lot of people are concerned about the future of the estuary."

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