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  • Top Ten Bills of 2012 for NH’s Environment | Conservation New Hampshire
    contamination and pollution of water in New Hampshire As rain water runs off houses and across roads pollutants are carried into lakes rivers and streams affecting water quality In 2008 a commission was established to look at the problem of stormwater across the state and recommend legislative solutions to reduce its impact The Committee released its findings in November 2010 The first recommendation was for the state to agree upon a definition of stormwater in statute in order to clarify and guide future state and municipal action This bill utilizes the wording that the bipartisan commission authored and is consistent with the federal definition SB 215 To Optimize Review for New or Modified Power Plants As New Hampshire continues to develop new renewable energy as well as traditional fossil based facilities it is essential that the committee tasked with investigating the environmental impacts have the tools they need to ensure the facilities are properly sited This legislation seeks to provide a modest set of technical improvements to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee SEC statute Overall the changes are intended to enhance and optimize the SEC s ability to carry out its vital role in rigorously reviewing proposals for new or modified energy facilities including the Northern Pass proposal and other future projects to determine whether they are in the public s best interests SB 218 To Expand the Classes of Energy of the Renewable Portfolio Standard New Hampshire renewable energy law passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote in 2007 called for a comprehensive review of the program in 2011 This bill makes some of the recommended changes to the program and includes renewable thermal energy as a component of the state s program a change that will utilize an important NH renewable energy source and puts the state in the forefront of national renewable energy laws While not perfect this bill continues the New Hampshire tradition of including a broad stakeholder process in order to develop a program that works for everyone SB 252 To Increase the Term of Energy Performance Contracts There is much energy efficiency work to do across state government as the state building stock continues to age and improvements are needed New Hampshire has long used Energy Performance Contracts that use cost savings from reduced energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures This bill extends the length of time from 10 20 years allowed for these projects to pay back creating increased flexibility in planning and allowing for a greater range of possible projects HB 1489 To Allocate more Money to Oil Cleanup This bill filed at the request of the Department of Environmental Services would make additional resources available for oil clean ups caused by such things as defective heating oil tanks There is a continued demand for these funds but over the past several years the monies have not been available This legislation would return the fund to its historic level SB 237 To Increase Financial Success and Efficiency

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/top-ten-bills-of-2012-for-nhs-environment/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Election Results & Bipartisan Opportunites on Conservation Issues | Conservation New Hampshire
    4 out of 5 in the Executive Council All of the top Republicans that we targeted won their seats reinforcing the fact that conservation issues are not specific to one party or the other and must be a bipartisan issue with bipartisan leadership and solutions We are pleased to welcome to the State Senate Jeff Woodburn David Watters David Pierce Andrew Hosmer And welcome back Nancy Stiles Bob Odell Jeanie Forrester Molly Kelly Peg Gilmour Bette Lasky Sylvia Larsen Martha Fuller Clark Welcome to the Executive Council Colin Van Ostern Chris Pappas And welcome back Ray Burton Debora Pignatelli We also look forward to working with the fresh faces in the house many of whom are excellent on our issues with a particular welcome to our former board members David Borden and Rebecca Brown It is clear that there are also excellent opportunities ahead with our governor elect Maggie Hassan We look forward to working with the legislature in the upcoming session and make sure to save the date for our annual Green Eggs and New Ham shire Breakfast on January 30 2013 Grappone Center in Concord Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/election-results-bipartisan-opportunites-on-conservation-issues/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Momentum Builds to Reform Rail Authority in NH | Conservation New Hampshire
    interests to find a workable compromise This past February the University of New Hampshire Survey Center polled over 500 people for their opinion on the potential rail service They surveyed citizens all over the state and from the entire spectrum of political ideologies The results concluded that 75 of people responded they were in favor of the service To see the complete survey results the report is posted on the Nashua Region Planning Commission s website here The idea of having a train line connect New Hampshire to Boston is nothing new Back in 1980 such a line actually existed although it was quickly terminated in 1981 due to a lack of federal funding Resurgence for the line is also nothing new The New Hampshire Rail Revitalization Association has archived articles back to 2005 pushing for a rail service to be formed So what has happened in the last six years Over the years lots of talk and research has been put into the pros and cons of such a line existing The conclusions are relatively one sided The environment would certainly be better off with the increased use in public transportation and similarly the roads would be less busy In Europe their train lines are 4500 more efficient at transporting people per meter of space per hour than the passenger car Imagine instead of rush hour traffic on I 93 simply hoping on a train and comfortably enjoying your ride home Property values in New Hampshire will also likely increase as a result of being better connected with Boston s economic factors in addition to a predicted rise in tourism to the state Business groups support the continuation of the Rail Authority and the move to bring commuter rail to Southern NH The Chambers of Commerce in Manchester and

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/transportation/momentum-builds-to-reform-rail-authority-in-nh/ (2016-05-02)
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  • ‘Green Eggs ‘n New Hampshire’ offers a recipe for success | Conservation New Hampshire
    greet for new and returning legislators a chance for the business community to get its post election political fix and the place to preview the environmental and energy issues lawmakers will be facing in the upcoming session and beyond What can we agree on What issues continue to divide us How can we find common ground asks CNH Executive Director Susie Hackler We spent the fall meeting with candidates and endorsing some of them for election and re election so this event is a chance to see the fruits of those labors so to speak says Hackler CNH endorsed 18 candidates with 16 winning their races We re proud of our winning streak but it s time to stop talking about who s in and who s out We ve got to focus on strategies and that means working across party lines to tackle the critical issues facing New Hampshire The theme of this year s breakfast is Forging an Innovative Course NH s Green Advantage Among the speakers will be Governor Maggie Hassan House Speaker Terie Norelli and Senate President Peter Bragdon Susie Hackler will present the 2013 environmental priorities for the conservation community Richard Ober President and CEO

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/green-eggs-2013/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Sunset Sail in Portsmouth Harbor, August 27th | Conservation New Hampshire
    forget our fabulous friends from the Monadnock region including Susie s parents and new folks from the Seacoast A special thanks to our bartendress Alisha for serving up the all too delicious dark and stormies This sail was anything but stormy with perfect summer weather and a beautiful sunset We would like to offer our sincere thanks for joining us and in contributing to our pro conservation leadership war chest As you know we are the only state wide political organization working across party lines to get conservation leaders elected to the statehouse and to hold them accountable for protecting NH s natural beauty for future generations We can t do this without your support If you missed this event please mark your calendars for our next event on October 17th at 5 p m our second annual Harvest Party at Dimond Hill Farm in Hopkinton Details will be coming soon Again many thanks to our gracious hosts Liz and Dennis Hager Susan Arnold Mandy Merrill Carmelle Druchniak Rick Russman 2012 Bill Truslow For more photos from this event visit Bill Truslow Photography Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/people-health/sunset-sail-in-portsmouth-harbor/ (2016-05-02)
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  • NH Loses Top Conservation Advocate to VT | Conservation New Hampshire
    Lakes Association He has been a trusted advisor to policy makers and a key partner to conservation organizations across the state including Conservtaion NH At a time when environmental issues at the state and federal level have become politically polarizing Joel has been able to successfully build and sustain relationships that have led to better protection for our state s natural resources Conservation NH wishes Joel all the best in this new position Jim O Brien Executive Director From Daryl Burtnett State Director The Nature Conservancy Dear Friends and Colleagues It is with both sadness and thanks that I am announcing that Joel Harrington the NH chapter Director of Government Relations has accepted a position as Director of Government Relations with Vermont Law School Congratulations to Joel on this exciting new assignment one which returns him to VLS where he earned his law degree Joel joined the Conservancy staff in 2006 when he became the first Government relations staffer for the NH chapter As we hoped when hiring Joel his efforts elevated the influence and visibility of the Conservancy in New Hampshire Joel proved an effective advocate in New Hampshire and beyond for conservation and he is recognized by many in NH as a leader in the state on conservation policy He successfully reinforced the Conservancy s values of collaboration and integrity even in the increasingly polarized political atmosphere which has served our chapter and larger policy debates well Joel s efforts on LWCF Forest Legacy and our work at Great Bay have been among his important contributions He was instrumental in establishing the first dedicated funding source for land conservation in NH and strengthened our relations with the Congressional delegation Joel looked above and beyond his GR role stepping up to media relations and even assisting the police in

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/climate-energy/nh-loses-top-conservation-advocate-to-vt/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Three Conservation Groups Speak Out Against Plan to Lease Cannon Mountain | Conservation New Hampshire
    concept of leasing Cannon Mountain is not a new one Past Legislatures have attempted to privatize the operations of the ski area arguing that the state could not operate a successful and profitable facility While this may once have been true it is no longer the case Under new management Cannon Mountain has gone from having a 1 5 million deficit in 2007 to a 1 million profit in 2011 The Mountain and state park have been thriving over these past four years continually exceeding revenue expectations We believe that the Legislature should be supporting the success of these efforts for the citizens of New Hampshire not questioning them While the idea of leasing Cannon Mountain is not a new one the process that has developed this session is new We are deeply troubled that there was not a public hearing in the House this session on the leasing of Cannon Mountain and instead the only vote on this complicated and controversial concept will be in the context of the overall state budget This is not the transparency in budgeting or policymaking that the citizens of New Hampshire expect from their government Not providing Legislators or the public with the information necessary to make informed decisions is the wrong way to make public policy The most unfortunate aspect of the Senate plan is that there is already a process in place to create detailed operating and management plans for each state park including Franconia Notch State Park of which Cannon Mountain is an integral part Leasing of these assets has always been a management option to consider but the current Senate plan usurps the Park planning process and establishes an unreasonable and arbitrary timeline without public input or that of the state agencies responsible for its implementation The Senate plan ignores the possibility of unintended consequences from moving ahead with leasing Cannon Mountain without a full analysis such as legal restrictions resulting from the use of federal funds to create the park and the complexity of leasing what was in fact established as a monument to New Hampshire war veterans In short this is simply bad public policy resulting from a bad legislative process We ask the Legislature to follow the recommendation of the State Park System Advisory Council SPSAC which has requested the Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development tto develop a strategic operating plan for the entire Franconia Notch State Park including Cannon Mountain Ski Area to be completed no later than July 1 2012 The planning process would examine what is the most cost effective management strategy for Franconia Notch State Park including Cannon Mountain and what will most benefit the people and State of New Hampshire The Legislature can use this plan and its analysis to inform future decision making about the best options for Cannon Mountain in the context of Franconia Notch State Park including leasing and other alternatives State parks belong to all the people of New Hampshire We expect that if the

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/three-conservation-groups-speak-out-against-plan-to-lease-cannon-mountain/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Cannon Mountain | Conservation New Hampshire
    be surprised to find that one of the most controversal issues on the table is a provision offered by the Senate calling for the leasing of the Cannon Mountain Ski Area The Senate plan has created quite a stir and now Conservation Read More Tags cannon mountain State Parks 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry Search for Popular Posts LCHIP Announces 2010 Grant Recipients 2924 view s MacDowell

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