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Seagull hovers above the Uncle Oscar, a 20-passenger vessel skippered by Sue Reynolds, enroute to Rye Harbor from Star Island on one of its many daily visits to the island. (Jim Cerny photo)

Significant Seacoast flooding
likely in future, says US report  

A just-published federal report on the floods of May, 2006, and April, 2007, gives short shrift to the Seacoast on the subject of future remedies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concentrates on rivers, lakes, basins and dams, stating the following regarding the consequences of development in coastal communities:

"Imperviousness in the Seacoast region increased from 4.7 percent in 1990 to 8 percent in 2005. Thus, the Seacoast is approaching that threshold and could experience more significant flood impacts as development continues."

The report stated that the 2006 rainfall volume ranged from 6 inches inland to more than 14 along the Seacoast over a two-day period. In 2007 amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches in 2 days. "The heaviest rainfall was over coastal areas during both events."

Clearly not-far-inland communities such as Newmarket, Exeter-Durham and the Dover-Rochester-Somersworth area were badly affected, but "the study focuses on the basins and dams within the Salmon Falls, Suncook, Piscataquog, and Souhegan Rivers." However, the report acknowledges that "The highest flow rate ever recorded on the Lamprey River in Newmarket occurred during the May 2006 flood, and the highest flow rate ever recorded on the Oyster River in Durham occurred during the April 2007 flood."

The full report is available at

Here's looking at you, too

Egrets by the dozens stop for a visit in wetland area off Ocean Boulevard in Salisbury, opposite the "All American Tavern". (Linda Gebhardt photo)

What's my line ?

Did you know it takes fishing line 600 years to break down in the environment? That's what Blue Ocean Society director Jen Kennedy told Seacoastonline.com in announcing a recycling/disposal program for fishing line and other gear. Bins are being placed along the coast, such as at Rye Harbor, the Hampton State Pier, Wentworth by the Sea Marina and Great Bay Marine in Newington.

Clear fishing line presents a hazard for fish, who can get tangled in it, birds, wildlife, boaters, divers and beachgoers.

To underscore her 600-year figure, Kennedy adds, "That's six times longer than tin cans and batteries, 17 times longer than fishing nets and 40 times longer than plastic bags."

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Bumblebee zeroes in on coneflower at Strawbery Banke's Goodwin House gardens.(Jim Cerny photo)

September, 2008