Hodgson Brook, an urban, fresh water stream, flows through the heart of Portsmouth, and empties into the North Mill Pond. Largely due to urban development before environmental regulation, the brook’s ecology has been degraded. The polluted water eventually ends up in the gulf of Maine. The Hodgson Brook watershed encompasses 2135 acres in the heart of Portsmouth. The Hodgson Brook Restoration Project is improving the water quality and habitats of the brook. Port Inn donated money, which the organization was able to use to leverage federal grants. The funds were spent on a stream bed restoration project which is used as a demonstration site, located at the end of Port Inn’s parking lot. Stop by and take a look. The funds also were used to purchase rain barrels for Port Inn’s neighborhood to help minimize runoff. For more information about the project or to make a donation, go to http://hodgsonbrook.org/.