Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s staff Erica Anhalt and Peter Clark (right front and back rows) joined the staff of the Great Bay Reserve and their partners for a day on the bay.

The sun was shining and the waters were calm for a beautiful boat ride around Great Bay with staff from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office in August. Erica Anhalt, senior legislative assistant at the Senator’s D.C. office, and Peter Clark, special assistant for planning and policy at the Manchester office, were hosted by our state partner, New Hampshire Fish & Game. The group spent a morning, cruising Great Bay and talking about the state-federal partnership programs that support coastal research and management in our region. The afternoon was spent with fishermen.  

“We are deeply appreciative of the support we have had from Senator’s Shaheen office over the years,” says Reserve manager Cory Riley. “I am continually impressed with how engaged the staff is, what good questions they ask us, and how sincere they are about trying to help.” 

The Great Bay Reserve was joined by representatives of the Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Partnership, the New Hampshire Coastal Program, New Hampshire Sea Grant, and the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems. Together, they shared their collective work on water quality, oysters, eelgrass, climate preparedness, and living shorelines.