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NH LAKES Advocacy Alert!
February 13, 2016
 
A PUBLICATION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
THINGS ARE COOKING!

House Bill (HB) 1589 – the ‘Clean and Drain’ bill designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals – was passed on Thursday (Feb. 11) by the New Hampshire House Resources Committee with a 20-0 unanimous vote!

Earlier in the week, the subcommittee working on the amendments to the Bill did an outstanding job including stakeholders in the conversation and crafting the final language of the bill. That inclusive process laid the groundwork for a committee vote fully in support of the bill.

The General Court website will soon be updated with the amended language which was passed - click here.

The next stop is the full House of Representatives where HB 1589 will need a simple majority of the 400 votes to pass and then cross over to the Senate. While we do not yet have a date for the full House vote, we expect it to happen quickly – possibly this coming Wednesday (Feb. 17) when the full House meets next.
 
YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP IS CRITICAL
 
We need you and your fellow lake stewards to reach out right away to any and all New Hampshire State Representatives. Please call, email, or write your representatives and let them know that you strongly support HB 1589 and why they should too. We need the full house of Representatives to vote 'ought to pass' on HB 1589.

To find your representatives contact information, click here. (Once you find the listing of representatives for your area, just click on each name and contact information will appear.)
 
We recommend that you provide the 'clean and drain' infographic as an email attachment or with the letter(s) that you write to your representatives. To download the ‘clean and drain’ infographic in support of HB 1589, click here.
HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS COOKING!
The other thing that is cooking on the NH LAKES advocacy front is the annual Green Eggs and New HAMpshire environmental policy breakfast. NH LAKES is a proud sponsor of this event. Scheduled for Tuesday February 16, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, this event is FREE and open to anyone.

Join NH LAKES staff, directors, and hundreds of Granite Staters – lawmakers, advocates, business leaders, and the general public – to learn about some of the most pressing environmental issues state lawmakers face in the upcoming session and beyond.

Pre-registration is necessary. For more details and to register, click here. Hope to see you there!
 
Thank you again for the stewardship work that you do on behalf of all lakes. As always, please feel free to contact me at tobrien@nhlakes.org or (603) 226-0299.
 
On behalf of the New Hampshire Lakes Association,

Tom O'Brien
President & Policy Advocate

NH LAKES is the only statewide, member supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds.

603.226.0299

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