NH launches online resource, Coastal Atlas
Or whether your dog can join you on a romp through the Great Bay Wildlife Refuge?
Or where you can harvest shellfish safely without risking red tide contamination?
Sonya Carlson is the beach program coordinator at the DES; her office tests for bacteria levels in both coastal and freshwater swimming areas.
The Atlas features three main pull-down sections: coastal public access points, coastal public beaches and shellfish harvest areas. There are postings for areas closed because of red tide contamination, and you can sign up for email alerts.
When you choose a boat launch site, for instance, there are phone numbers and helpful links to weather and tide information.
For each beach, there's information about parking, bathhouse facilities and amenities such as shops and restaurants.
"Anybody who gets out of their house and goes to the coast," said Carlson. "It can be the people that like to do shellfish harvesting, making sure they're going to the right places," she said. "Or anyone who wants to know where to drop their boat off, where to go walking along the coast, or anyone who wants to go swimming at the beach and make sure the most recent sampling has been good.""That covers a lot of people," Carlson said. "Unless maybe you're a hermit and you don't like the ocean."
To use the Coastal Atlas, go to: xml2.des.state.nh.us/CoastalAtlas.
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