Conserving Our Environment
In New Hampshire, we are blessed with incredible mountains, lakes, and forests. I come from a family that has a long history of supporting conservation and wildlife in New Hampshire, and I cherished growing up spending time on Newfound Lake and enjoying all four beautiful seasons in the North Country. My family continues to appreciate the natural beauty of our state and I am passionately committed to preserving the pristine environment of the Granite State.
The Granite State is home to two National Parks, one National Heritage Area, eleven National Natural Landmarks, and 22 National Historic Landmarks. This rich natural and historical heritage plays a leading role in the tourism industry that is a main driver of the New Hampshire economy.
Conservation is also a hallmark of New Hampshire history and an important part of managing our forests and farmlands. I believe that we have a generational responsibility to protect our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with clean air and clean water. But I also believe that this important goal will help us strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America.
That is why I am working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions like these that will continue to grow our economy while preserving the health and beauty of our environment
- Defending Wildlife Habitat Grants: I introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to increase funding for grants to protect wildlife habitat in forests and farmlands. Although my amendment did not initially pass in the Agriculture Committee, I continued to work with Republicans and Democrats, and my amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives to ensure that farmers and foresters can still count on the support provided by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
- Protecting Conservation Easements: I am a cosponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807) which would make tax deductions and incentives permanent for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their lands. This will help protect forests, fields, and farms in New Hampshire and ensure that we maintain the natural landscape that defines the Granite State.
- Strengthening the Land and Water Conservation Fund: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool in protecting sensitive lands, wetlands, and water bodies—and at no cost to the taxpayers. I support robust funding for the LWCF and was proud to join many of my colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support this important program.
- Ensuring the Quality of Our Drinking Water: Clean drinking water is essential to good health. In July 2016, I cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2430), which would invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
- Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change.
To further my commitment to conserving our environment, I am also a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the National Parks Caucus.
More on Conserving Our Environment
Funding the Government
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the PFAS Task Force, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of its action plan to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water.
Keeping our Government Open
NASHUA -Water in the Nashua River often ran a rusty red in the 1960s because of intense pollution, as it was one of the nation’s most contaminated waterways.
Those who were around to witness the water conditions may remember seeing a different color flowing down the river each day, depending on what sort of pollution was most recently discharged.
Washington (February 5, 2019) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Representatives Ann Kuster (NH-02) and Lori Trahan (MA-03) today introduced legislation to designate portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent a letter to Acting Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Vicki Christiansen, and Acting Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Margaret Everson, today, urging them to meet with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to discuss potential funding options to cover federal land management costs that have fallen to states and local entities.
Putting Veterans’ Interests First
(Manchester, NH)—Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), sent a letter to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) calling on the federal agency to focus research efforts on the potential connection between per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure and pediatric cancer.
Honoring Those Who Keep Us Safe
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), announced that the U.S. Department of Interior has awarded New Hampshire more than $500,000 through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program to boost Granite State conservation efforts. The SWG Program is a major funding source for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame Wildlife Program.