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  • House GOP Leadership Fumbles over RGGI | Conservation New Hampshire
    with the House position last week the Senate voted 16 8 on a RGGI reform proposal offered by Senator Jeb Bradley In explaining their vote House Finance Committee Member and Weare Republican Neal Kurk was quoted in a NH Public Radio news story saying that the House just wants to emphasize to the Senate that killing RGGI is a top House goal Kurk goes onto say in the same interview that the House is very firm in its view that RGGI need to be eliminated While the rhetoric is all about repeal what they actually voted on yesterday in House Finance was far from repeal The actual amendment that the 26 member House Finance Committee voted on and passed is the same language word for word of the Senate backed RGGI reform proposal authored by Senator Bradley Apparently the House Finance Committee didn t even bother to read the language of the legislation they passed If they did read it which would be even worse than they did not understand what they were doing In either case what transpired in House Finance is not only incredibly sloppy but also very troubling Further the sponsors of the House amendment those who have to sign off on the language includes House Leadership Finance Committee Chair Ken Weyler Speaker of the House Bill O Brien House Majority Leader D J Bettencourt and Kurk himself Who actually is running things over there It is certain that this mistake will be fixed next week when the House votes Lawmakers are voting to make major changes to the state s energy policy affecting all New Hampshire ratepayers and they don t seem to be even taking the time to read the legislation they are passing This would be funny if it were not so serious Comment

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  • GOP House Majority Leader Speaks Up on Conservation | Conservation New Hampshire
    more that the preservation of our environmental should be a truly non partisan issue While there are many issues that will undoubtedly polarize the political debate in our state and nation the protection of our natural resources should not be one of them It is not liberal to protect drinking water and it is not conservative to promote clean air Is is simply the right thing to do and citizens of New Hampshire expect lawmakers to work together on these issues Finding middle ground should not be too high a barrier Read Bettencourt s full o p ed here No matter your opinion of the House and the decisions they have made on a variety of issues including the environment Bettencourt should be recognized for at least striking the proper tone He is also correct in pointing out that the State Parks is a place where the legislature can begin to focus to make positive change The New Hampshire park system contains much of what is special about our state from Franconia Notch to Hampton Beach For decades the state has not made maintaining this infrastructure a priority While there are no quick fixes to the problem it is good to see the political leadership recognizing there is a real need and make it a priority Again we will not agree with all the environmental policy priorities of the new House majority like their vote to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for instance But it is heartening to see that they are looking for areas to make a positive contribution to conservation in New Hampshire and it appears that they are open to a real discussion Rome wasn t built in a day and the years of GOP partisan neglect of the environment as a political issue will not

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  • Protect Groundwater: Give Back Your Unused Prescription Drugs – April 30th | Conservation New Hampshire
    used illegally and secondly prevent these powerful prescriptions from seeping into our groundwater from improper disposal As the current state budget cuts loom ahead that will disband New Hampshire s water monitoring program it is more important than ever to prevent pollution into our water sources For more information visit the Department of Environmental Services Website at http www des state nh us Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click

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  • Some Good News in the Budget for NH State Parks | Conservation New Hampshire
    buildings foundation For the integrity of the building it is critical that these repairs take place Another very public item in the State Parks Capital budget is North Hampton State Beach Redevelopment If passed this will allow funds to be used to update North Hampton s public restrooms Currently they are a portable set up created in the 1980 s Securing the funding would result in a permanent structure being created with a possible system involving composting the waste With a proposed 450 000 allocation this is seen as an important upgrade to the New Hampshire State Park system The largest allocation of funds and the most important is 1 5 million dollars Categorized simply as State Park Repairs these funds would be used for the ongoing repair of the State s 791 building The House increased this line item over the Governor s proposal citing the need to make additional investments in the deteriorating structures of the park system The Park System the only on in the country that is entirely self funded needs this type of money to keep the system running Many of the structures have fallen into disrepair due to a lack of funding This appropriation will certainly allow the State Parks to make headway in repairing these structures In the long term these repair and maintenance costs should be park of the operating budget of the parks system rather than be in a capital budget request Moving the State Park system into financial solvency is a top priority of Conservation NH over the next few years It is important to note that this budget has not yet been finalized As it has passed the House of Representatives it now will move on to be reviewed and debated in the State Senate and finally passed on

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  • Monadnock Paper Mill Setting the Standard | Conservation New Hampshire
    used for all of their graphic arts and packaging products is Forest Stewardship Council Certified and all non recycled pulp is provided from sustainable sources When asked if Monadnock bought into the popular belief that finances and the environment were opposing forces David Lunati Director of Marketing responded that Monadnock was proving every day that it is not true It has been good for business he continued We are changing minds at Fortune 100 companies While Monadnock has been audited environmentally by third party auditors some customers have conducted their own audits as well to ensure Monadnock s sustainability claims are truthful This doesn t just include the impacts of their products but the steps taken to become more sustainable in the entire facility Reducing impacts through evaluation Throughout the company s operation steps have been taken to minimize the company s environmental impacts in a variety of categories Michelle Hamm Manager of Environmental Services is the head of this effort Her role is critical in achieving sustainability throughout the business as not a single thing enters this facility without it being evaluated While giving a tour of the plant she highlighted many changes that have been made in every step of the process Part of Monadnock Paper Mills electricity is provided from clean renewable on site hydroelectric turbines which have been owned and operated by the company since the early 1920 s These low impact hydro facilities can provide up to half of Monadnock s power annually reducing the mill s reliance on fossil fuels Other efforts to reduce emissions associated with the burning of fuel oils include a commitment to replacing a significant portion of its current fuel supply with a cleaner fuel oil One of the most impressive areas of environmental achievement is Monadnock s reduction in its use of water A decade ago they used 1 200 000 gallons per day Today they use half that amount although production has increased by 25 Through rigorous filtration the water leaving the factory is actually cleaner than the water it receives from the Contoocook River Recycling has also become an important element of the business From cleanup rags to scrap paper everything that can be recycled is Even the excess short paper fiber which is the by product of their manufacturing process and in the past was considered a solid waste is 100 beneficially re used This material is now being put to use by the local agriculture industry as compost and animal bedding Monadnock also helped finance a new conveyor for a paper recycling business that now can sort all the different types of paper from the regular scrap that for years ended up in the landfills This has lead to an increase in recycling capabilities for Monadnock As a result of their dedication Monadnock has won quite a few awards and is a member of several environmental programs Their awards along with the programs they are involved with including ISO 14001 and 9001 and about a

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  • NH’s Conservation Budget | Conservation New Hampshire
    in almost all areas of state government Conservation programs like many others suffered drastic budget reductions in the House budget As the legislative process and the budget debate moves to the State Senate Conservation NH is leading a coalition of conservation organizations to explain how the elimination of specific programs proposed in the House budget will affect the protection of New hampshire s natural resources Click here to read a recent letter sent to Senate President Peter Bragdon by 13 conservation organizations regarding the consequenses of some of the budget cuts proposed by the New Hampshire House In addition this recent analysis in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript on state and federal conservation budget reductions by Eric Aldrich is also worth a read Tags budget Comment RSS Trackback 2 Comments Maureen Rose says April 25 2011 at 12 25 pm Please preserve our water quality and quantity as well as the environment for our wildlife and our world With all the environmental disasters in the world anything we can do here in New Hampshire is very important Our trees filter the air and our water sustains us without air and water we are all doomed The planet is in a crisis mode and we can help reverse that one state at a time The severe weather we have been experiencing and global warming is just a taste of what is to come if we do not pay attention Thank you for anything you can do to put in place safeguards Sharon Francis says June 8 2011 at 1 57 pm Jim and All You are doing a nice and useful service with the convenient layout of this newsletter and with its links such as to the article by Eric Aldrich Looking forward to the next one Sharon Francis Leave a Reply

    Original URL path: http://conservationnh.org/water/nhs-conservation-budget/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Budget | Conservation New Hampshire
    of services Just last week the House voted on their budget package which would drasticaly Read More Tags budget 2 Comments Read the rest of this entry No More Shellfish Posted on April 4 2011 by Landon Kowalczyk As warmer weather hopefully hits the Granite State soon many start to shift their mind towards their favorite summer activity Often this includes activities such as hiking visiting the beach or fishing Yet this year might be a little different for some Due to a potential cut in budget shellfishing may no longer be a New Hampshire Read More Tags budget economy NH DES ocean shellfish shellfishing Water 1 Comment Read the rest of this entry How a budget solution may hurt NH s environment Posted on June 7 2010 by Jim O Brien Let the raiding begin Tomorrow the House and Senate are scheduled to release their latest attempt to resolve the state s unbalanced budget at an information session scheduled for 1 00 in Representatives Hall The public is invited to attend and comment although just what is contained in the final package is not yet known but what we do Read More Tags budget LCHIP renewable energy fund 1

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  • Conservation NH Executive Director Talks the Abandonment of Cap and Trade on NPR | Conservation New Hampshire
    to O Brien in the piece Here in New Hampshire I mean we re not kidding ourselves the Republican Party platform has an action item in there to remove the state from RGGI RGGI is the Regional Green House Gas Initiative a regional cap and trade system instituted by ten northeastern states to help limit carbon emissions encourage innovation in alternative energy and improve energy efficiency The system was first proposed by then Governor of New York George Pataki a Republican Several other Republican governors were instrumental in organizing support Now pressure is ratcheting up in the party to scrap the system including here in NH This despite the fact that many moderate Republicans do believe in the necessity of energy and climate change legislation Says O Brien I ve also talked to many of our Republican Senators who say they re disappointed in the party taking that stance because this is an important issue and an important program and the state has seen tangible benefits from it The full story can be found on the North Country Public Radio website Comment RSS Trackback Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required

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