PORTSMOUTH — Are you looking for places in the city for a quiet walk in the woods, a calm kayak or serene standup paddle? Want to know how to help keep a special part of Portsmouth cleaner and healthier? Come to the Urban Forestry Center at 45 Elwyn Road on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Join the city, Conservation Law Foundation’s Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, state Department of Environmental Services and a host of other outdoor and environmental groups to learn about Portsmouth’s hidden treasure – the woods, marshes and estuary of Sagamore Creek between Route 1 and Little Harbor. The event is free and refreshments will be served.
One of the largest watersheds in Portsmouth, the Sagamore Creek watershed spans parts of Portsmouth from routes 33, 1 and 1A, Elwyn Road to Middle Road. It includes well-known landmarks from the Bratskeller to the Golden Egg, Portsmouth High School to Creek Farm. The city is focusing special attention on this waterway and working to improve its water quality.
After completing a watershed assessment last year, the city is doing intensive water quality monitoring to identify sources of pollution. The city’s Department of Public Works is extending sewer lines in certain neighborhoods to reduce the number of septic systems, and is planning enhanced stormwater treatment behind its facility as part of its solid waste facility expansion.
The open house March 21 will highlight ways to enjoy Sagamore Creek and help protect it. Exhibitors include DES, UNH Cooperative Extension, Great Bay Stewards, Gundalow Company, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, Portsmouth Kayak Adventures and others, all of whom have information about programs and practices for residents and businesses that want to help keep Sagamore Creek clean. Learn about rain gardens, better buffers along the shore and managing invasive species, as well as beautiful places to play around the creek. Weather permitting, there will be a spring equinox walk along the trails at the Urban Forestry Center after the open house, starting at approximately 8 p.m.