NH LAKES Advocacy Alert!
April 2, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
NH LAKES Needs You Now!


First off, HB 1589 – the ‘Clean & Drain’ bill designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals – will be heard by the New Hampshire Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this coming Wednesday, April 6. The hearing will be in the State House on North Main Street in Concord, Room 100 (while the schedule shows a 9:45 a.m. start, it's best to be there early). 

HB 1589 needs your support and we only have a few days before the hearing. 

Here is what you can do before April 6 to help get HB 1589 passed:
  1. Contact the Energy and Natural Resources Committee members and urge them to vote ‘ought to pass’ on this bill. For committee contact information, click here.*
  2. Contact your state senator to voice your support. To find your senator's contact information, click here.*
= When you find the name of the representative(s), click on the name and their contact information will appear.

To read the latest version of HB 1589, click here.  

To read the NH LAKES letter of testimony in support of HB 1589, click here

It just takes a few minutes to call, email or write to your senator in support of HB 1589. If you write a support letter or email, we recommend that you provide the "Clean & Drain" infographic as an attachment. To download this infographic in support of HB 1589, click here. 

We need advocates to attend the hearing. If you can attend the hearing on Wednesday, April 6, please let me know - email me at  At the hearing, you can sign in support of the bill and you can also testify – if you are willing and time allows. Either way, we need a contingent of HB 1589 supporters to show up at the hearing on Wednesday, April 6. Again, if you plan on attending, please email me.


The other advocacy issue that we wanted to alert you to concerns HB 1517. This bill seeks to decrease the property line setback of temporary seasonal docks from 20 feet to 10 feet. The subcommittee on this bill was considering a number of paths forward, including moving the permitting program from one agency to another. NH LAKES opposed making significant changes to dock permitting without everyone better understanding the issues. We asked that the committee study the issues before acting. We thought that would occur but things changed.
We just learned that the House Resources Committee will hold a hearing on an HB 1517-related amendment this coming Tuesday, April 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 307 of the Legislative Office Building. The purpose of this hearing will be to amend an unrelated bill (SB 352) by inserting the basic provisions of HB 1517 – to reduce setbacks of temporary seasonal docks from 20 to 10 feet. NH LAKES opposes this change and will be testifying against it. While there is more to this issue than can be explained here, if you are interested, please come to the hearing to offer your opinion.

For the full text of HB 1517, click here.

For the full text of SB 352, click here.

As always, please feel free to contact me at or (603) 226-0299.
On behalf of the New Hampshire Lakes Association,

Tom O'Brien
President & Policy Advocate


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