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Join us at the LRWA 2018 Annual Meeting on Thursday November 8th, 6pm, at the Nottingham Town Hall, 139 Stage Road. Join us for a spaghetti dinner, a raffle, and presentations.

Dr. Alison Watts (UNH) will discuss “DNA in streams; a new technology for biomonitoring,” describing her innovative use of eDNA for river ecosystem analysis and Julie LaBranche (Senior Planner, RPC) will discuss stormwater management opportunities for Lamprey communities and residents.

Please RSVP to Enjoy an evening of good food and homemade desserts and an informative program about our precious water resources. A $10 voluntary contribution per attendee is appreciated.

Dr. Alison Watts is a Research Assistant Professor at the UNH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, working on research projects at the UNH Stormwater Center, contaminant transport, and integrated watershed management. Dr. Watts’s main research interest include working with municipal and watershed organizations to develop adaptive management strategies for water resources threatened by land use and climate change.

Dr. Watts will discuss using Environmental DNA for research: Environmental DNA (eDNA), or DNA present in an environmental sample, is emerging as a powerful tool to detect species present in an ecosystem without having to actually capture and identify individual organisms. Fish, invertebrates, and other animals shed DNA through fragments of tissue, reproductive and waste products into the environment they live in.  Researchers can identify which species are present by extracting and analyzing the DNA in water or sediment samples.

Julie LaBranch is a Senior Planner with 16 years of planning experience with particular interest in climate change planning, which she began while employed by the State of Maryland and as chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program Climate Workgroup (1999-2005). Her work in the region includes assisting communities with: development of Master Plans and policies; zoning ordinances and regulations relating to land use, natural resource protection, climate change, energy, and stormwater management; and integrating land use and transportation planning concepts.

Julie participates as a member of the NH Sea Grant Policy Advisory Committee, the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, and Vice President of Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (2009-2015). She holds a BS in Geological Sciences from Salem State College, MA, and a MS in Earth Sciences-Geology from Montana State University, Bozeman.

Download a PDF of our Fall 2018 Newsletter:

LRWA Fall 2018 Newsletter

Imagine A Day Without Water!!!

Imagine a how difficult it is to not have access to not only clean water but any water at all!   How can you save water?  Download our tips.

Conserving Water at Home – Tips from LRWA

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Reflections on a River – 30 Years of Protecting the Lamprey River

See how our story began and view other videos on our YouTube channel.



The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed in 1983 to promote the restoration, conservation, wise development and use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed. Conserving fish and wildlife, forests, soil and water resources along with pollution abatement are key goals of the Association. Through education and research, the LRWA will work to increase the understanding among citizens about the importance of water and land conservation in the watershed.

The Lamprey River Watershed Association works in partnership with other conservation organizations and citizen groups to maintain or improve the natural health and beauty of the watershed. The Lamprey Watershed Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

LRWA Board of Directors – meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5 pm at the Lee Safety Complex.  Public welcome.  Prospective board members encouraged to contact LRWA at volunteer at  All skills can be put to good use helping to make our watershed sustainable!