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Environment and Cultural Resources

We face many challenges to promote economic development while preserving our recreational and natural resources. My work as New Hampshire’s legislative commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and as a member of the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee has involved finding practical solutions for resource management that protects jobs. Sadly, the past legislative session in Concord saw an attack on practical, common sense policies to preserve our environment. 
To sustain our resources and quality of life, we need to promote energy conservation, local agriculture, conservation easements, and green businesses.  
The Great Bay Estuary is a treasured resource defining the character of our region and its historic development. The 2009 State of the Estuaries Report documented signs of a declining ecosystem, and the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing strict new levels of nitrogen for the relicensing of waste water treatment that may place excessive costs on Dover and other communities. I will fight for a balanced approach of reasonable treatment standards, the inclusion of efforts to reduce non-point nitrogen deposition, and an extended timeline for compliance. 
Our communities and the state face profound challenges in adapting to climate change, such as increased storm water runoff and rising sea levels, which will put pressure on our our infrastructure, economic development, and environment. I will lead efforts to gather together city and town planners, scientists and engineers, environmental stewards, the business community, and state officials from the Department of Transportation to craft legislation to enable our seacoast communities to plan wisely for the future. 
With the leadership of the business community, the University of New Hampshire, and wise local and state government, District 4 communities can meet these challenges. 
 As state senator, I will: 
 · Protect access to our lands and waters for recreation, hunting, and fishing.
· Strive to improve water quality of the Great Bay Estuary by working with local communities, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to set reasonable and cost-effective nitrogen levels in wastewater treatment and to address non-point nitrogen sources.
· Work to restore funding for the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.
· Introduce legislation to ensure planning for climate adaptation, including increasing storm water runoff and a rising sea level.
· Promote clean energy and energy conservation.
· Support local agriculture and sustainable forestry. Ensure funding and legislative support for UNH Cooperative Extension Agency, the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, Strafford County Conservation District, and other resource and environmental agencies.