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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

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

Aug 13, 2019 Event

(Litchfield, NH) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) met with Granite Staters whose communities have been affected by PFAS exposure and heard from experts on how to best move forward in addressing the proliferation of these chemicals in New Hampshire. Both representatives are members of the Bipartisan PFAS Task Force in Congress.

Aug 13, 2019 Press Release

(Litchfield, NH) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) met with Granite Staters whose communities have been affected by PFAS exposure and heard from experts on how to best move forward in addressing the proliferation of these chemicals in New Hampshire. Both representatives are members of the Bipartisan PFAS Task Force in Congress.

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Jul 12, 2019 In The News

President Trump is threatening to veto the defense budget, in part because that bill would also ban the military from using firefighting foam containing chemicals that have contaminated water in parts of New Hampshire.

The National Defense Authorization Act would ban the firefighting foam that's been used to smother fuel fires at hundreds of military sites across the US, including the Pease Air Force Base by October of 2023.

New Hampshire's delegation is now fighting the veto threat from the president.

Jul 11, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), issued the following statement after the White House announced a potential veto of the House version of the defense authorization bill, which would ban the Department of Defense from using firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, an effort that has been strongly supported by New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation. 

Jul 2, 2019 Press Release

Manchester, NH- Today Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), who are both members of the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, introduced legislation that would regulate the discharge of PFAS within our nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act will reduce PFAS discharge and hold polluters accountable by adding PFAS to the Clean Water Act’s Toxic Pollutants List, allowing the EPA to regulate its release in our water systems.

Jun 28, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the PFAS Task Force, released the following statement on the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ (DES) announcement on their proposed maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.

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