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Weekly Update 5/19/24


                                     What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Week of May 19 to May 26, 2024


Hello Friends,


Candidates for the Legislature and Executive Council will register by June 14.  What are your organizations and municipalities planning to do, to help citizens know the candidates?  NH Network is gathering your information to share with members – so we can make sure the Environment is top of mind for voters this year.  Please send your information to newhampshirenetwork@gmail.com – and join us on June 13 when we’ll learn how other NH environmental groups will be a force in this election:  “Climate Voters Unite!” on zoom at 6pm.  

 PS If you registered Independent and want to vote in the Primaries, you have until June 4 to change your registration.




                                                                      LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of May 19 to 26



—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after its public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.




Bills This Week: 


 (Thank you to Susan Richman and Donna Reardon for organizing this information.)


This week’s bills are in three sections.  The first section is action items for this week.  The second section is two bills with mixed results.  The third section is current bills with outcomes the Network supported.  A lot of good news other than disappointment on landfill initiatives.


SECTION I:

-These bills will be debated on the Senate Floor, May 23.  Ask your Senator to support them.  More information is available via the Network link https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

- NH HB 1415 Title: relative to PFAS facility liability. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/23/2024, Vote 5-0; SC 20) 

- NH HB 1678 Title: establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/23/2024, Vote 7-0; SC 20)

NH HB 1059  Relative to the state building code. Although this bill is not scheduled for debate, please ask your Senator to request a FLOOR DEBATE, and then request the McWilliams amendment to include 2021 Energy Building Codes. Otherwise buildings will be 10% less efficient with this bill.

-These bills will be a voice vote without debate, and probably don’t need further support: 

- NH HB 1221 Title: relative to including solid waste landfills in the definition of development of regional impact. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2024-1942s, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)

- NH HB 1320 Title: relative to real property and flood risk disclosure. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2024-1954s, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)  

- NH HB 1490 Title: relative to the solid waste management act. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)



SECTION II (mixed results):

- NH HB 1499 Title: establishing a committee to study the civilian clean energy, community resilience, and conservation corps -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)


NH SB 543  Title  establishing the state environmental adaptation, resilience, and innovation council.(Committee Report: Ought to Pass 05/14/2024; Vote 14-3; CC; HC 20)   Will be voted on in the HOUSE.



SECTION III  successes:

These bills are “done” for the season.  Either they are INTERIM STUDY- some legislators may choose to work on them this summer.  (Otherwise, it is dead with dignity.)  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (dead without dignity) or OUGHT TO PASS:  let’s see what the Governor does; but the Legislature has approved it.

NH HB 1036 Title: relative to assessment of cost effectiveness of the systems benefit charge. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1103 Title: relative to revising the penalties of the shoreland protection act. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1726s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1121 Title: relative to creating certain wetlands permit exemptions after a natural disaster or flooding event. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2024-1947s, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)

- NH HB 1139 Title: relative to location of conventional septic systems relative to the seasonal high water table. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1143 Title: including control of cyanobacteria blooms under the New Hampshire clean lakes program. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1103 Title: relative to revising the penalties of the shoreland protection act. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1726s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1139 Title: relative to location of conventional septic systems relative to the seasonal high water table. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1181 Title: relative to solid waste districts. -- (Last action: May 16, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/16/2024, Vote 3-0; SC 19)

- NH HB 1221 Title: relative to including solid waste landfills in the definition of development of regional impact. -- (Last action: May 23, 2024, Senate: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2024-1942s, 05/23/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 20)

- NH HB 1293 Title: (New Title) relative to the use of certain fertilizers on turf. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1371 Title: relative to allowing the land use master plan to include a section on waste reduction. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1649 Title: relative to prohibiting certain products with intentionally added PFAS. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1899s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

SECTION III  defeats/disappointments:

 - NH HB 602 Title: relative to landfill siting. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1145 Title: prohibiting the private ownership of landfills. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1314 Title: relative to the comprehensive state development plan. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1620 Title: relative to suspending the issuance of new landfill permits until 2031. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1687 Title: relative to disposal of construction and demolition debris from state construction projects. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 1632 Title: relative to out-of-state solid waste. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)

- NH HB 622 Title: (New Title) relative to the grid modernization advisory group. -- (Last action: May 15, 2024, Senate: Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 05/15/2024; SJ 12)



                                                                  NH Network Events:


-Sunday, May 19 6 pm  Plastics Working Group

Here is the agenda for Sunday’s meeting - any additions, please let Cindy Heath know.  Summer meetings will take place on June 30 & July 28. Regular meeting scheduled to resume August 11.    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

-Monday, May 20 - Climate Solutions Update 2024: Peek Under the Hood of the New En-ROADS! 5:30 online,  REGISTER AT bit.ly/2024-nh-network-en-roads

MIT Sloan and Climate Interactive's En-ROADS climate policy simulator gives powerful insight into actions and policies that can get us to our climate goals.  Pose your questions, see what happens as we tinker with the possibilities.


-Wednesday, May 22  5 pm  Environmental Working Group 

This week’s environment working group meeting will provide an intro to our environmental justice efforts in conjunction with CLF and other organizations.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88452788711?pwd=xeFP6yCjRP1H2Fksjbk8PYq9RYu9KJ.1


-June 12, 7 pm  Climate  Working Group

https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/my/cclnhrizoom?pwd=MTRoSmtMQ3J3bksyc0xwVk9sbEJMdz09


-June 13 6 pm - Climate Voters Unite! Learn how you can be involved with other environmental groups to make the environment an important issue in the upcoming elections.   Registration TBA


-June 19 3 pm  Municipal Energy Committees -  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89088364526?pwd=QjNrb3lxQkFEcDF5eUxya2xzeXhsUT09

You can view recordings of previous meetings at https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/working-groups/energy

 

-June 26 6 pm - The Aftermath of Fast Fashion, with Dr. Julia DeVoy.  Registration TBA


-August 24 - Keep NH Green Environmental Summit 2024  in-person at Starr King in Plymouth, NH.   Email to help plan the agenda: newhampshirenetwork@gmail.com


Legislative Policy Working Group-  STILL ASKING YOU TO speak with your Senator; CHECK FOR this week’s actions at www.newhampshirenetwork.org    Will let you know when our Friday meetings resume - but please contact Chris@cleanenergynh.org with your ideas of legislation for next session!



MORE EVENTS!


Here is a great opportunity to socialize with other Third Actors while making a difference! 

-Tuesday, May 21, 1:30  at the Concord Food Coop.  We will be writing postcards to Montana voters. Come grab yourself a delicious lunch, snack or drink and help registered Montana individuals develop the habit of voting. We will provide postcards, stamps, addresses and the script to write on the postcards. Bring or refer a friend!

Looking forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP only if you plan to attend: thirdactnh@gmail.com

 


-Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00pm Intro to Social Media: The Modern Tools of Advocacy and Activism

Do you want to be more involved in online activism? Join us for our Intro to Social Media training on. Learn the basics of digital advocacy across the popular social media platforms of today.
RSVP at: opendemocracynh.org/social_media_intro



-Wednesday, May 22 6 pm   A prayer/learning/discussion at St. Patrick’s School Bld in Pelham Earth Day/Laudato Si’ Week Guide: Healing Our Throwaway Culture - Focus on Plastics,  as well as referencing the UCC Plastic Jesus: Real Faith in a Synthetic World , as a preparation for Plastic Free July.


Three opportunities to learn what’s happening with Offshore Wind:

Thursday, May 23, 2024, Time: 6-8 p.m Offshore Wind  VIRTUAL: General Public, registration required   Registration


-Offshore Wind  IN-PERSON MEETINGS: 

BOEM will host these “open-house” style in-person meetings to allow the public to talk with BOEM’s scientists and other personnel. This informal format allows people to ask questions and share information directly with BOEM employees on the Proposed Sale Notice. Registration is encouraged. More info: BOEM's website 




June 3-4:   NRRA conference, Northeast Resource Recovery Association annual recycling conference in Concord.



-June 4, 12-3 pm.  ISO-NE Consumer liaison group (CLG) has its quarterly meeting.

Attend in person (Holyoke, MA, where you'll get a "free" lunch) or via Webex.

Why attend? To show ISO-NE that ratepayers care and that we're watching what they do. Traditionally, the CLG has been made up of industry people-- supporters of fossil fuels. You may recall that in November of 2022,  6 of the 12 members of the CLG that got elected were climate activists working with groups like 350.org and NoCoalNoGas. (See the Ballroom COup article by Don Kreis) These members are forcing the group -- and ISO-NE --to think and talk about climate change.  

Go here to register: https://www.iso-ne.com/event-details?eventId=153989

More info on the Consumer Liaison Group: https://www.iso-ne.com/committees/industry-collaborations/consumer-liaison

Even if you attend via webex --  you don't necessarily have to pay attention the whole time, do laundry, do your dishes... we just want lots of people to show ISO-NE that ratepayers care!  Want to carpool?  Email newhampshirenetwork@gmail.com.



-June 18, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  CET Center for Ecotechnology  virtual event on reducing wasted food for New Hampshire-based businesses, institutions, and schools, 

https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/3ec5e7bd-08e6-4082-b429-dc3a8ce2b75d@5f5e36cf-01bd-41c6-a664- 

CET, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), and Blue Loon Bakery will present strategies to minimize and sustainably manage wasted food, and an overview of NH’s upcoming food waste ban. Includes an optional, half-hour discussion where participants can engage with one another and ask questions.   Click here. to register for the event. 

Center for Ecotechnology (CET) works in a number of sectors, and has a USDA grant to provide free technical assistance to reduce food waste in states across the country. And check out this cool toolkit.


PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE many fine events being sponsored by UU CHURCH , BUT this software does not support their imaging.  PLEASE OPEN THIS WEEK'S EMAIL FOR THEIR UPCOMING EVENTS.



Brain food:

Prior piece on Off-shore wind lease areas: https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2024-03-15/feds-pick-new-englands-offshore-wind-area-drawing-cheers-and-questions




Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary. Questions? Email Kennedy at kenne...@gmail.com.

  Instagram 

     Event announcements, news from the network, and quick educational posts to  

     keep you informed and engaged in our community. 

New to Instagram? Check out this 4-minute video on the basics before getting started. 

Facebook 

  The same messaging you’re used to now with event reminders and news from the   

  network and our members. Hit the icons to get started! Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.





BRAINFOOD:  CERES promotes business involvement with environmental issues - here’s stuff to sample:

Our most recent public events and webinars are below. All of our past Ceres public events and webinars are listed here to view at your leisure. Please reach out to info@ceres.org if you have any questions.




https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills





                              

 
























Weekly Update 5/12/24




                              What’s Happening at the NH Network!


                                                                  LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of May 13 to 17



—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after it’s public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.




Bills This Week:  


We are nearing the finish line, and final contacts with representatives and senators may be critical in saving or passing bills.  If you have previously commented on legislation, it is fine to do it again.   Please do the first 2 bills BEFORE May 14, and the others BEFORE  Wednesday, May 15.


There will be an additional update on PFAS legislation later this week.


Tuesday, May 14:


-SB 543  (House Public Works and Highways 10:30 am Room 201 LOB)  Establishes the state environmental, resilience and innovation council with stakeholders from state commissions, NH Municipal Association, and governor appointees.  SUPPORT


-HB 1678 (Senate Finance 1:30 Room 103 SH)  Establishes a NH farm to school local food pilot program to encourage schools to purchase food from local NH and NE producers.  SUPPORT (Can Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills for this initial hearing.)


Take action by this Wednesday.  Contact your Senators for the HB bills.


SB 373  Without the McWilliams amendment to include 2021 energy codes, OPPOSE this bill.  As written, this bill retains 2018 codes.  Clean Energy NH shares that the 2021 codes will result in ten percent increased efficiency. (For this bill contact your reps.)


HB 1623  This bill will promote continuation of fossil fuels while disincentivizing renewable alternatives.  Passage will continue sending NH dollars out of state for energy needs.  In addition, this bill will result in likely litigation between federal and NH government which, in turn, will hamper transition to in-state renewables.  Note that Schiller and Bow power plants are already transitioning to battery storage and solar arrays.  This bill will hamper these kinds of efforts.  


Clean Energy writes: “HB 1623 restructures our energy policy to favor traditional, centralized power plants, diverting attention and resources away from renewable resources and energy efficiency programs. This change could have long-term detrimental impacts on New Hampshire's energy landscape, particularly in rolling back initiatives like NH Saves, which have been instrumental in advancing efficiency and cost savings for our residents.” PRIORITY OPPOSE


HB 1600  This bill has strong bi-partisan support.    This bill is pragmatic and necessary to clarify roles. The Dept of Energy had no complaints until the bill passed unanimously onto the Senate. Now their letter says they do not know what it would mean to pass this bill and want it stopped to prevent unintended consequences. It infers the ever-popular

‘cost-shifting’ scenario. But if a group host generator becomes a customer with community power coalition for their community, all monies are handled internally and have no effect on the default provider or their customers.  This bill furthers what we were trying to do with HB315 –  support a competitive supply market that would inspire greater investment.  SUPPORT 


Contact NH DOE Commissioner Jared Chicoine (603-271-6505) and Deputy Commissioner Christopher Ellms, Jr. (603-271-6507) by email and phone and ask them to support passage of HB 1600 (leave a message).  Encourage your town leaders to support this initiative that promotes community power.


Sample letter from your town or yourself:

Our [CITY/TOWN], having implemented a Community Power Aggregation, is excited to have realized cost savings [INSERT AMOUNT, IF APPLICABLE] for our customers while expanding energy choices. Over the long term, we aim to realize additional benefits for our community’s electricity customers including those associated with development of local energy generation projects.

HB 1600 will improve our ability to gain local control over our energy resources by developing community generators that cost-effectively supply power directly to our residents and businesses. Community generators create local economic development benefits and bring our sources power closer to home. In doing so, we can drive down certain costs associated with over-reliance on out-of-state generators (e.g., transmission costs).

Please vote yes on HB 1600 so that together we can build a more robust local electricity market in New Hampshire to serve the needs of our energy customers.

Policy Brief (pretty wonky, but..) Current state law limits the ability of CPAs to compensate net-metered generators (also referred to as “customer-generators”) up to 1 MW in size. The only option for generators between 1 and 5 MW to participate in net metering is through Municipal Host Group Net Metering, which is only available to Municipals Hosts that are on utility default service. HB 1600 would open the market so that CPAs could compete to serve community-scale generators through their own net metering programs. Under HB 1600, cost shifting by the distribution utilities is avoided by requiring the net metered generator to be a customer of a CPA with compensation provided by the CPA for their energy and capacity value to serve the load, as well as avoided transmission costs if otherwise allowed. The bill does not alter the existing Municipal Host Group Net Metering construct, which would remain an option. The bill also corrects a reference error in RSA 53-E, the municipal and county aggregation statute, from a previous amendment. 

-These landfill bills ALL passed with BIPARTISAN SUPPORT in the House,  but have been hamstrung by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.   Please contact your senator.  The bills WILL BE DEBATED on the Senate floor, so we need as many senators as possible to turn these around.  The senate committee passed “interim study” for some and “ITL” for others.  Request  OUGHT TO PASS for each bill.

- NH HB 1145   Relative to prohibiting the private ownership of landfills.   


- NH HB 1620  Relative to suspending the issuance of new landfill permits until 2031. 


- NH HB 1632 Title: Relative to out-of-state solid waste.  


- NH HB 602 Title: relative to landfill siting. Introduces new requirements for the siting of landfills, to be overseen by the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  


The DES would create a "preliminary application phase" for landfill permit applications, requiring sufficient information determine if the proposed location meets certain prohibitive locational criteria. Prohibitive locational criteria may include soil permeability, bedrock fractures, distance from waste generation sources, impact on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic, and the environmental sensitivity of the proposed site, including whether it is over significant aquifers, coastal sand dune systems, prime wetlands, or undisturbed natural areas.


- NH HB 1504: Relative to architectural paint recycling.   Proposes extended producer responsibility for household paint, that is, the creation of a paint stewardship program in NH, which would be managed by a nonprofit organization approved by the Department of Environmental Services. The program would facilitate the collection, recycling, and proper disposal of post-consumer householdl paint, thereby reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability.   


-Update from NH Lakes.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee has been busy the past few weeks considering a number of lake-friendly bills. We’re grateful for their time and consideration and for recommending that the following bills be passed by the full Senate.   (See the complete list at: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/andrea/FMfcgzGxTFZVsmwjBhhTqVpGQFMsxXnG)



HB 1103, relative to revising the penalties for the shoreland protection act

Strengthens the Department of Environmental Services’ ability to seek penalties and fines for proven violations of the act when property owners don’t work to correct violations.


HB 1113, relative to shoreland septic systems

Provides more protection to our lakes from septic system pollution by modifying requirements for site assessment studies of shoreland septic systems when a property is transferred.


HB 1143, including control of cyanobacteria blooms under the New Hampshire Clean Lakes Program

Allows the Department of Environmental Services to monitor, manage, and reduce the risks of cyanobacteria blooms and conduct in-lake management practices, when appropriate, to control cyanobacteria blooms in our waters.





                                        What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Week of May 11 to May 18, 2024

GOOD NEWS AND AN OPPORTUNITY:


The Plastics WG has secured funding to work with schools to save waste.  It is a part time internship that will run from May to June 2024.  Applications should be submitted by May 22.  Details contained within this link.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/bugs42953%40gmail.com/FMfcgzGxTFcnwpvTTVTgMwQlLcPBlTMQ?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Network meetings:


-Wednesday, May 15 3 pm Municipal Energy  Working Group 


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89088364526?pwd=QjNrb3lxQkFEcDF5eUxya2xzeXhsUT09



-Wednesday, May 16  4-5 pm Communications Working Group


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09



-Sunday, May 19 6 pm  Plastics Working Group


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

-Monday, May 20 - TBD: En-ROADS "Under the Hood" - An MIT Expert Shares How it Works


-Wednesday, May 22 5 pm  Environmental Working Group


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88452788711?pwd=xeFP6yCjRP1H2Fksjbk8PYq9RYu9KJ.1

Always check the news feed for events that were listed but were too far into the future.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events 


ADDITIONAL MEETING OPPORTUNITIES, BEYOND THE NETWORK OFFERINGS, LISTED BELONG.



Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary. Questions? Email Kennedy at kenne...@gmail.com.

  Instagram 

     Event announcements, news from the network, and quick educational posts to  

     keep you informed and engaged in our community. 

New to Instagram? Check out this 4-minute video on the basics before getting started. 

Facebook 

  The same messaging you’re used to now with event reminders and news from the   

  network and our members. Hit the icons to get started! Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.



MORE from groups around New Hampshire –  VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS including movies, webinars, and local actions.  After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link for that event will appear.



-Monday, May 13 3 pm  Join us for a  webinar hosted by SWANA Young Professionals on Understanding and Building Robust Compost & Food Waste Programs

With increasing regulatory and public pressure, organic diversion is becoming a top priority for businesses and communities. With a task as big as this it is often difficult to know where to start. Join us for an enlightening session that dives deep into the practices, policies, and innovations surrounding compost and food waste recycling. This webinar brings together industry pioneers and community leaders to discuss the future of composting and how to effectively implement robust compost and food waste programs in your community.     

Host:  Mikey Pasciuto, currently serves as the Co-Founder at Scrapp, a start-up dedicated to creating data-driven sustainable waste programs. 

 https://swana.org/  Solid Waste Association of North America

https://store.swana.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=WEBO51324


 

- Monday, May 13th at 6:00pm on Zoom  (click this link to participate)  Join NH 350 to talk about what we can do in New Hampshire to fight for a more just utility system.  Fossil fuel utilities are blocking the transition to renewable energy and ruthlessly profiting off of ratepayers - and we are going to do something about it! 


 

2. Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00pm on Zoom with local 350 groups from across the country for a Teach-In about utilities and the climate crisis.During the teach-in, we'll hear from leaders across the US-from New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado, and San Diego. We'll hear stories about campaigns targeting utilities that have won, campaigns that lost but learned valuable lessons, and campaigns that are just getting off the ground.

Register HERE for the Teach-In, and sign up here for our volunteer interest meeting!

 





BRAINFOOD:  CERES promotes business involvement with environmental issues - here’s stuff to sample:

Our most recent public events and webinars are below. All of our past Ceres public events and webinars are listed here to view at your leisure. Please reach out to info@ceres.org if you have any questions.




https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills




















Weekly Update 5/12/24




                              What’s Happening at the NH Network!


                                                                  LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of May 13 to 17



—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after it’s public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.




Bills This Week:  


We are nearing the finish line, and final contacts with representatives and senators may be critical in saving or passing bills.  If you have previously commented on legislation, it is fine to do it again.   Please do the first 2 bills BEFORE May 14, and the others BEFORE  Wednesday, May 15.


There will be an additional update on PFAS legislation later this week.


Tuesday, May 14:


-SB 543  (House Public Works and Highways 10:30 am Room 201 LOB)  Establishes the state environmental, resilience and innovation council with stakeholders from state commissions, NH Municipal Association, and governor appointees.  SUPPORT


-HB 1678 (Senate Finance 1:30 Room 103 SH)  Establishes a NH farm to school local food pilot program to encourage schools to purchase food from local NH and NE producers.  SUPPORT (Can Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills for this initial hearing.)


Take action by this Wednesday.  Contact your Senators for the HB bills.


SB 373  Without the McWilliams amendment to include 2021 energy codes, OPPOSE this bill.  As written, this bill retains 2018 codes.  Clean Energy NH shares that the 2021 codes will result in ten percent increased efficiency. (For this bill contact your reps.)


HB 1623  This bill will promote continuation of fossil fuels while disincentivizing renewable alternatives.  Passage will continue sending NH dollars out of state for energy needs.  In addition, this bill will result in likely litigation between federal and NH government which, in turn, will hamper transition to in-state renewables.  Note that Schiller and Bow power plants are already transitioning to battery storage and solar arrays.  This bill will hamper these kinds of efforts.  


Clean Energy writes: “HB 1623 restructures our energy policy to favor traditional, centralized power plants, diverting attention and resources away from renewable resources and energy efficiency programs. This change could have long-term detrimental impacts on New Hampshire's energy landscape, particularly in rolling back initiatives like NH Saves, which have been instrumental in advancing efficiency and cost savings for our residents.” PRIORITY OPPOSE


HB 1600  This bill has strong bi-partisan support.    This bill is pragmatic and necessary to clarify roles. The Dept of Energy had no complaints until the bill passed unanimously onto the Senate. Now their letter says they do not know what it would mean to pass this bill and want it stopped to prevent unintended consequences. It infers the ever-popular

‘cost-shifting’ scenario. But if a group host generator becomes a customer with community power coalition for their community, all monies are handled internally and have no effect on the default provider or their customers.  This bill furthers what we were trying to do with HB315 –  support a competitive supply market that would inspire greater investment.  SUPPORT 


Contact NH DOE Commissioner Jared Chicoine (603-271-6505) and Deputy Commissioner Christopher Ellms, Jr. (603-271-6507) by email and phone and ask them to support passage of HB 1600 (leave a message).  Encourage your town leaders to support this initiative that promotes community power.


Sample letter from your town or yourself:

Our [CITY/TOWN], having implemented a Community Power Aggregation, is excited to have realized cost savings [INSERT AMOUNT, IF APPLICABLE] for our customers while expanding energy choices. Over the long term, we aim to realize additional benefits for our community’s electricity customers including those associated with development of local energy generation projects.

HB 1600 will improve our ability to gain local control over our energy resources by developing community generators that cost-effectively supply power directly to our residents and businesses. Community generators create local economic development benefits and bring our sources power closer to home. In doing so, we can drive down certain costs associated with over-reliance on out-of-state generators (e.g., transmission costs).

Please vote yes on HB 1600 so that together we can build a more robust local electricity market in New Hampshire to serve the needs of our energy customers.

Policy Brief (pretty wonky, but..) Current state law limits the ability of CPAs to compensate net-metered generators (also referred to as “customer-generators”) up to 1 MW in size. The only option for generators between 1 and 5 MW to participate in net metering is through Municipal Host Group Net Metering, which is only available to Municipals Hosts that are on utility default service. HB 1600 would open the market so that CPAs could compete to serve community-scale generators through their own net metering programs. Under HB 1600, cost shifting by the distribution utilities is avoided by requiring the net metered generator to be a customer of a CPA with compensation provided by the CPA for their energy and capacity value to serve the load, as well as avoided transmission costs if otherwise allowed. The bill does not alter the existing Municipal Host Group Net Metering construct, which would remain an option. The bill also corrects a reference error in RSA 53-E, the municipal and county aggregation statute, from a previous amendment. 

-These landfill bills ALL passed with BIPARTISAN SUPPORT in the House,  but have been hamstrung by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.   Please contact your senator.  The bills WILL BE DEBATED on the Senate floor, so we need as many senators as possible to turn these around.  The senate committee passed “interim study” for some and “ITL” for others.  Request  OUGHT TO PASS for each bill.

- NH HB 1145   Relative to prohibiting the private ownership of landfills.   


- NH HB 1620  Relative to suspending the issuance of new landfill permits until 2031. 


- NH HB 1632 Title: Relative to out-of-state solid waste.  


- NH HB 602 Title: relative to landfill siting. Introduces new requirements for the siting of landfills, to be overseen by the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  


The DES would create a "preliminary application phase" for landfill permit applications, requiring sufficient information determine if the proposed location meets certain prohibitive locational criteria. Prohibitive locational criteria may include soil permeability, bedrock fractures, distance from waste generation sources, impact on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic, and the environmental sensitivity of the proposed site, including whether it is over significant aquifers, coastal sand dune systems, prime wetlands, or undisturbed natural areas.


- NH HB 1504: Relative to architectural paint recycling.   Proposes extended producer responsibility for household paint, that is, the creation of a paint stewardship program in NH, which would be managed by a nonprofit organization approved by the Department of Environmental Services. The program would facilitate the collection, recycling, and proper disposal of post-consumer householdl paint, thereby reducing waste and promoting environmental sustainability.   


-Update from NH Lakes.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee has been busy the past few weeks considering a number of lake-friendly bills. We’re grateful for their time and consideration and for recommending that the following bills be passed by the full Senate.   (See the complete list at: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/andrea/FMfcgzGxTFZVsmwjBhhTqVpGQFMsxXnG)



HB 1103, relative to revising the penalties for the shoreland protection act

Strengthens the Department of Environmental Services’ ability to seek penalties and fines for proven violations of the act when property owners don’t work to correct violations.


HB 1113, relative to shoreland septic systems

Provides more protection to our lakes from septic system pollution by modifying requirements for site assessment studies of shoreland septic systems when a property is transferred.


HB 1143, including control of cyanobacteria blooms under the New Hampshire Clean Lakes Program

Allows the Department of Environmental Services to monitor, manage, and reduce the risks of cyanobacteria blooms and conduct in-lake management practices, when appropriate, to control cyanobacteria blooms in our waters.





                                        What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Week of May 11 to May 18, 2024

GOOD NEWS AND AN OPPORTUNITY:


The Plastics WG has secured funding to work with schools to save waste.  It is a part time internship that will run from May to June 2024.  Applications should be submitted by May 22.  Details contained within this link.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/bugs42953%40gmail.com/FMfcgzGxTFcnwpvTTVTgMwQlLcPBlTMQ?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Network meetings:


-Wednesday, May 15 3 pm Municipal Energy  Working Group 


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89088364526?pwd=QjNrb3lxQkFEcDF5eUxya2xzeXhsUT09



-Wednesday, May 16  4-5 pm Communications Working Group


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09



-Sunday, May 19 6 pm  Plastics Working Group


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

-Monday, May 20 - TBD: En-ROADS "Under the Hood" - An MIT Expert Shares How it Works


-Wednesday, May 22 5 pm  Environmental Working Group


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88452788711?pwd=xeFP6yCjRP1H2Fksjbk8PYq9RYu9KJ.1

Always check the news feed for events that were listed but were too far into the future.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events 


ADDITIONAL MEETING OPPORTUNITIES, BEYOND THE NETWORK OFFERINGS, LISTED BELONG.



Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary. Questions? Email Kennedy at kenne...@gmail.com.

  Instagram 

     Event announcements, news from the network, and quick educational posts to  

     keep you informed and engaged in our community. 

New to Instagram? Check out this 4-minute video on the basics before getting started. 

Facebook 

  The same messaging you’re used to now with event reminders and news from the   

  network and our members. Hit the icons to get started! Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.



MORE from groups around New Hampshire –  VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS including movies, webinars, and local actions.  After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link for that event will appear.



-Monday, May 13 3 pm  Join us for a  webinar hosted by SWANA Young Professionals on Understanding and Building Robust Compost & Food Waste Programs

With increasing regulatory and public pressure, organic diversion is becoming a top priority for businesses and communities. With a task as big as this it is often difficult to know where to start. Join us for an enlightening session that dives deep into the practices, policies, and innovations surrounding compost and food waste recycling. This webinar brings together industry pioneers and community leaders to discuss the future of composting and how to effectively implement robust compost and food waste programs in your community.     

Host:  Mikey Pasciuto, currently serves as the Co-Founder at Scrapp, a start-up dedicated to creating data-driven sustainable waste programs. 

 https://swana.org/  Solid Waste Association of North America

https://store.swana.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=WEBO51324


 

- Monday, May 13th at 6:00pm on Zoom  (click this link to participate)  Join NH 350 to talk about what we can do in New Hampshire to fight for a more just utility system.  Fossil fuel utilities are blocking the transition to renewable energy and ruthlessly profiting off of ratepayers - and we are going to do something about it! 


 

2. Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00pm on Zoom with local 350 groups from across the country for a Teach-In about utilities and the climate crisis.During the teach-in, we'll hear from leaders across the US-from New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado, and San Diego. We'll hear stories about campaigns targeting utilities that have won, campaigns that lost but learned valuable lessons, and campaigns that are just getting off the ground.

Register HERE for the Teach-In, and sign up here for our volunteer interest meeting!

 





BRAINFOOD:  CERES promotes business involvement with environmental issues - here’s stuff to sample:

Our most recent public events and webinars are below. All of our past Ceres public events and webinars are listed here to view at your leisure. Please reach out to info@ceres.org if you have any questions.




https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills




















Weekly Update 5/05/24

What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of May 5 to 11, 2024 


On Saturday, May 4th, the Steering Committee held its annual retreat.


NH Network is gaining name recognition in the state, along with credit for our growing political strength in the testimonies and letters you submit to our leaders in Concord.  Our email outreach has upwards of 800 members. We are known for being open and welcoming to all who choose to join us.  We believe we are upholding our pledge of “Linking citizens statewide to share information and implement actions for a sustainable New Hampshire.” Thank you to all our members - this is your work!


For much of this year, due to generous anonymous funding, we have enjoyed the part-time services of media guru and UNH microbiology student Kennedy McGrath.  She expects to stay with us at least through next year.   To consolidate and further our growth, we have decided to seek further funding to pay for a part-time Executive Director and for more help maintaining the website.  At this time we do not seek 501c3 “nonprofit” status but will continue to ask NH Healthcare Workers to act as our fiscal agent.


The November 2024 NH elections can make an immeasurable difference in our environmental work.  We will be sharing our plans to partner with others across the state to make sure the environment receives the legislative support it deserves.


Best, and THANK YOU for your efforts on behalf of New Hampshire


The NH Network Steering Committee


ALERT:  Now and in the coming weeks, the main action is to contact your reps or senators directly.  Most public hearings have concluded, crossover has occurred, and your senators, in particular, need to hear from you.


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after its public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


Bills This Week:


From Clean Energy NH:  We urgently need your voice to ensure that this bill does not pass the Senate. We are calling on all our members to contact Senate leadership and members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to express your strong opposition to HB 1623.  This bill crossovered without recommendation (10-10 deadlock) so your voice is needed.  PRIORITY OPPOSE.


For further information, open the following link


https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergynh/state-house-update-9512436?e=9969d39f74


From Sling Shot (Hayley Jones)


 Casella Waste Systems recently submitted a federal permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their controversial Granite State Landfill project. 

North Country Alliance for Balanced Change, Save Forest Lake, and the Forest Lake Association (a coalition loosely known as Be SMART NH) have been asking NH folks to send in public comments calling for the permit rejection. 

We are also petitioning the Army Corps to hold a public hearing in Whitefield in order to actually hear residents' concerns about the project. It would be amazing if folks could sign and share the petition linked here! 



Monday, May 6:



HB 1600 Contact your senator directly.  Details and talking points relative to net metering and community aggregate power are included in the following link.   This bill has bi-partisan support, but the Department of Energy is balking and raising the myth of cost shifting.  This is a pragmatic bill that supports power aggregators like Community Power Coalition which, in turn, supports a supply market that will inspire greater investment.  It needs one final push (contact your reps/senators) to get it passed.


https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/UVDbCHUeK1s


Tuesday, May 7


-There are three lake friendly bills passed by the House and are now being reviewed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee.  SUPPORT  (Best to submit your support by 5 pm May 5th)


HB 1293   9:00 am relative to restricting phosphorus use

HB  1113  9:20 am relative to regulating shoreline septic systems

HB 1554  9:40 am relative to requiring the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services to regulate the cutting of native aquatic vegetation on submerged lands in lakes and establishing rulemaking authority for such regulation.  

Vote YES to give the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) the authority to regulate the cutting and management of Native Aquatic Vegetation  as they do for exotic/invasive plant species.  Better guidance and regulation is critical in preventing mismanagement that can lead to unintended consequences such as cyanobacteria blooms.   NOTE: SUPPORT THIS BILL WITH AMENDMENT.  The original bill does not include specific enough language.


For more information open the following link:


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/nh+lakes/FMfcgzGxTFQQxqkMlkVkwgdcMgGxDtlb


-HB 1118 (Senate Judiciary 1 pm) This bill is beyond our mission, but perhaps you would like to take a stand.


 This bill seeks to deny driver’s licenses to legal immigrant families until they receive a green card which can take months or years.  OPPOSE


Some talking points:


-Impact Essential Mobility: In New Hampshire, where public transportation is sparse, driving is not a luxury but a necessity for accessing work, education, healthcare, and groceries. For many, especially new arrivals, who are eager to work, driving represents a lifeline to employment, self-sufficiency, and integration.

-Hinder Economic Growth: Refugees and asylees, who are here legally, play a vital role in our economy. By limiting their access to driver’s licenses, we not only undermine economic growth but also risk pushing individuals toward public assistance at a time when our economy faces labor shortages.

-Ignore Existing Security and Compliance: Refugees and asylees granted legal status undergo more stringent security screenings than any other immigrant group entering the United States. They are committed to following our laws and contributing positively to society.

Wednesday, May 8


SB431  Relative to wake surfing.  Executive Session.  Write to committee members.  Their emails are included in this link:   SUPPORT


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/nh+lakes/FMfcgzGxTFQQxqkMlkVkwgdcMgGxDtlb


Thursday, May 9  


HB 1698 FN Relative to the use of drones for aerial spraying.  It has passed out of committee and the full senate will vote on the 9th.  NH Sierra Club does not support this bill.  OPPOSE


For more detail click the following link


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGxTFSkMSVSZctXCXMfNpDMLsWS

 


                                           What’s Happening at the NH Network! 


                                  Check the newsfeed for additional events https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events 



Week of May 5 to 11, 2024

 The Healthcare Workers for Climate Action and  and The NH Network are co-hosting:


Community Choice Aggregation and Energy Justice", with Dr. Sarah Kelly on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm


Sarah Kelly is a geographer with fifteen years of experience in community-based research on water and energy equity. As an applied researcher, she was trained in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Sarah holds long-term research relationships with Mapuche-Williche communities in Chile, where she has investigated hydropower, cultural cartography, and Indigenous rights. In 2021, she co-founded the Energy Justice Clinic at Dartmouth College. Originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sarah is excited to expand upon local collaborations in New Hampshire and Vermont to support making the energy transition more just and accessible for all. Sarah's research is published in Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, and Geoforum, among other journals. 

Register Here

Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary. Questions? Email Kennedy at kenne...@gmail.com.

  Instagram 

     Event announcements, news from the network, and quick educational posts to  

     keep you informed and engaged in our community. 

New to Instagram? Check out this 4-minute video on the basics before getting started. 

Facebook 

  The same messaging you’re used to now with event reminders and news from the   

  network and our members. Hit the icons to get started! Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.



VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS including movies, webinars, and local actions.  After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link for that event will appear.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 


It is energy week in New Hampshire:  Planning the Future.   There are nearly twenty events educating the public on issues including solar, sustainability, transportation, career workshop for those interested in the energy field, new technologies, reimagining Schiller Station to energy trivia games.  Most workshops are free, but registration is required.

https://nhenergyfuture.org/nhew/


-Sunday, May 5,  6  pm   Plastics Working Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

-Wednesday, May 8   4  pm  Communications Working Group

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09

-Wednesday, May 8   7 pm   Climate Working Group 

https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/my/cclnhrizoom?pwd=MTRoSmtMQ3J3bksyc0xwVk9sbEJMdz09.   


-Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm Community Choice Aggregation and Energy Justice", with Dr. Sarah Kelly 

 

-Friday, May 10   2 pm Legislative Working Group ( energy, climate, environment)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81021954450?pwd=WExoaGdIdGQ3OEtsc0E2Tk43Tmd3QT09


Meeting ID: 810 2195 4450

Passcode: 658454




https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills















Weekly Update 5/05/24

What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of May 5 to 11, 2024 


On Saturday, May 4th, the Steering Committee held its annual retreat.


NH Network is gaining name recognition in the state, along with credit for our growing political strength in the testimonies and letters you submit to our leaders in Concord.  Our email outreach has upwards of 800 members. We are known for being open and welcoming to all who choose to join us.  We believe we are upholding our pledge of “Linking citizens statewide to share information and implement actions for a sustainable New Hampshire.” Thank you to all our members - this is your work!


For much of this year, due to generous anonymous funding, we have enjoyed the part-time services of media guru and UNH microbiology student Kennedy McGrath.  She expects to stay with us at least through next year.   To consolidate and further our growth, we have decided to seek further funding to pay for a part-time Executive Director and for more help maintaining the website.  At this time we do not seek 501c3 “nonprofit” status but will continue to ask NH Healthcare Workers to act as our fiscal agent.


The November 2024 NH elections can make an immeasurable difference in our environmental work.  We will be sharing our plans to partner with others across the state to make sure the environment receives the legislative support it deserves.


Best, and THANK YOU for your efforts on behalf of New Hampshire


The NH Network Steering Committee


ALERT:  Now and in the coming weeks, the main action is to contact your reps or senators directly.  Most public hearings have concluded, crossover has occurred, and your senators, in particular, need to hear from you.


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after its public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


Bills This Week:


From Clean Energy NH:  We urgently need your voice to ensure that this bill does not pass the Senate. We are calling on all our members to contact Senate leadership and members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to express your strong opposition to HB 1623.  This bill crossovered without recommendation (10-10 deadlock) so your voice is needed.  PRIORITY OPPOSE.


For further information, open the following link


https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergynh/state-house-update-9512436?e=9969d39f74


From Sling Shot (Hayley Jones)


 Casella Waste Systems recently submitted a federal permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their controversial Granite State Landfill project. 

North Country Alliance for Balanced Change, Save Forest Lake, and the Forest Lake Association (a coalition loosely known as Be SMART NH) have been asking NH folks to send in public comments calling for the permit rejection. 

We are also petitioning the Army Corps to hold a public hearing in Whitefield in order to actually hear residents' concerns about the project. It would be amazing if folks could sign and share the petition linked here! 



Monday, May 6:



HB 1600 Contact your senator directly.  Details and talking points relative to net metering and community aggregate power are included in the following link.   This bill has bi-partisan support, but the Department of Energy is balking and raising the myth of cost shifting.  This is a pragmatic bill that supports power aggregators like Community Power Coalition which, in turn, supports a supply market that will inspire greater investment.  It needs one final push (contact your reps/senators) to get it passed.


https://groups.google.com/g/nh-environment-energy-and-climate-network/c/UVDbCHUeK1s


Tuesday, May 7


-There are three lake friendly bills passed by the House and are now being reviewed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee.  SUPPORT  (Best to submit your support by 5 pm May 5th)


HB 1293   9:00 am relative to restricting phosphorus use

HB  1113  9:20 am relative to regulating shoreline septic systems

HB 1554  9:40 am relative to requiring the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services to regulate the cutting of native aquatic vegetation on submerged lands in lakes and establishing rulemaking authority for such regulation.  

Vote YES to give the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) the authority to regulate the cutting and management of Native Aquatic Vegetation  as they do for exotic/invasive plant species.  Better guidance and regulation is critical in preventing mismanagement that can lead to unintended consequences such as cyanobacteria blooms.   NOTE: SUPPORT THIS BILL WITH AMENDMENT.  The original bill does not include specific enough language.


For more information open the following link:


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/nh+lakes/FMfcgzGxTFQQxqkMlkVkwgdcMgGxDtlb


-HB 1118 (Senate Judiciary 1 pm) This bill is beyond our mission, but perhaps you would like to take a stand.


 This bill seeks to deny driver’s licenses to legal immigrant families until they receive a green card which can take months or years.  OPPOSE


Some talking points:


-Impact Essential Mobility: In New Hampshire, where public transportation is sparse, driving is not a luxury but a necessity for accessing work, education, healthcare, and groceries. For many, especially new arrivals, who are eager to work, driving represents a lifeline to employment, self-sufficiency, and integration.

-Hinder Economic Growth: Refugees and asylees, who are here legally, play a vital role in our economy. By limiting their access to driver’s licenses, we not only undermine economic growth but also risk pushing individuals toward public assistance at a time when our economy faces labor shortages.

-Ignore Existing Security and Compliance: Refugees and asylees granted legal status undergo more stringent security screenings than any other immigrant group entering the United States. They are committed to following our laws and contributing positively to society.

Wednesday, May 8


SB431  Relative to wake surfing.  Executive Session.  Write to committee members.  Their emails are included in this link:   SUPPORT


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/nh+lakes/FMfcgzGxTFQQxqkMlkVkwgdcMgGxDtlb


Thursday, May 9  


HB 1698 FN Relative to the use of drones for aerial spraying.  It has passed out of committee and the full senate will vote on the 9th.  NH Sierra Club does not support this bill.  OPPOSE


For more detail click the following link


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGxTFSkMSVSZctXCXMfNpDMLsWS

 


                                           What’s Happening at the NH Network! 


                                  Check the newsfeed for additional events https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/events 



Week of May 5 to 11, 2024

 The Healthcare Workers for Climate Action and  and The NH Network are co-hosting:


Community Choice Aggregation and Energy Justice", with Dr. Sarah Kelly on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm


Sarah Kelly is a geographer with fifteen years of experience in community-based research on water and energy equity. As an applied researcher, she was trained in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Sarah holds long-term research relationships with Mapuche-Williche communities in Chile, where she has investigated hydropower, cultural cartography, and Indigenous rights. In 2021, she co-founded the Energy Justice Clinic at Dartmouth College. Originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sarah is excited to expand upon local collaborations in New Hampshire and Vermont to support making the energy transition more just and accessible for all. Sarah's research is published in Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, and Geoforum, among other journals. 

Register Here

Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

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News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary. Questions? Email Kennedy at kenne...@gmail.com.

  Instagram 

     Event announcements, news from the network, and quick educational posts to  

     keep you informed and engaged in our community. 

New to Instagram? Check out this 4-minute video on the basics before getting started. 

Facebook 

  The same messaging you’re used to now with event reminders and news from the   

  network and our members. Hit the icons to get started! Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.



VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS including movies, webinars, and local actions.  After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link for that event will appear.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 


It is energy week in New Hampshire:  Planning the Future.   There are nearly twenty events educating the public on issues including solar, sustainability, transportation, career workshop for those interested in the energy field, new technologies, reimagining Schiller Station to energy trivia games.  Most workshops are free, but registration is required.

https://nhenergyfuture.org/nhew/


-Sunday, May 5,  6  pm   Plastics Working Group

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

-Wednesday, May 8   4  pm  Communications Working Group

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09

-Wednesday, May 8   7 pm   Climate Working Group 

https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/my/cclnhrizoom?pwd=MTRoSmtMQ3J3bksyc0xwVk9sbEJMdz09.   


-Wednesday, May 8th at 6 pm Community Choice Aggregation and Energy Justice", with Dr. Sarah Kelly 

 

-Friday, May 10   2 pm Legislative Working Group ( energy, climate, environment)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81021954450?pwd=WExoaGdIdGQ3OEtsc0E2Tk43Tmd3QT09


Meeting ID: 810 2195 4450

Passcode: 658454




https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills















Weekly Update 4/28/24

What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary.

Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.

MEETINGS


VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, including movies, webinars, and local actions.  After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar and open the event.  The link for that event will appear.    https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 


-Monday, April 29 at the Kilton Library at 7:30 PM


Sustainable Lebanon is hosting a free film screening of Blue Vinyl, an award winning documentary looking at the health impacts of the chemical vinyl chloride, classified as a carcinogen by the EPA, and used in many consumer products including children’s toys. 

 

This will be an in person screening, with a virtual discussion following with Christina Dubin, National Outreach Coordinator with Beyond Plastics, a NH resident and plastics policy expert. This film screening aligns with efforts by Beyond Plastics to ban vinyl chloride at the federal level because of its harmful effects on our health.

 

While we in NH are free of pipelines carrying explosive materials thanks to local and statewide activist efforts, hazardous materials do flow through our communities on the roads and highways, so it is important to stay informed.

 

Refreshments provided. This will be a Zero Waste event, so feel free to bring your reusable plate, mug & napkin - these will be on hand as well.


Tuesday, April 30, 2024,  Webinars by Zoom. Go to our calendar for details.


 6:30 pm. 7 Essentials of Seed Starting (and the common mistakes to avoid)


 7:00-8:00 pm.  Plastic is a Hazardous Substance (How to Turn Off the Tap). REGISTER

  Hosted by Claremont Anti-Litter Task Force

  

 7:00-8:00 pm. Synthetic Turf Webinar.   REGISTER

 Our friends at Zero Waste Ithaca are hosting a panel presentation on the hazards of synthetic    

 turf.


Wednesday, May 1, 4 to 5 pm, Communications Working Group by Zoom.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09

Agenda.    

1. Welcome. 

2. Highlights of last week’s Meeting with Rebecca Beaulieu.

3. Social Media Highlights for Earth Day Week, Ideas, and Questions.  

4. Next events and needs?  Link to Events on the Network website.

5. Other


Next Meeting: Wed, May 8, 2024, 4-5 pm. 

Contact Donna Reardon, bugs42953@gmail.com, or Mary Beth Raven, marybeth.raven@gmail.com, for questions.


Thursday, May 2, 2024,  7 to 8 pm.  Plastics and Your Health


Micro- and nanoplastics are present in our air, water, and soil, as well as at every level of the food chain. And these tiny bits of plastic are also already inside all of us.  Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, a world-renowned pediatrician, public health physician is headlining  this free educational webinar. Dr. Landrigan is at the forefront of exploring what our ever-increasing exposure to plastics means for our health and longevity as well as how we can reduce our exposure.        Please click here to register 


Thursday, May 2, 2024.   Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit


Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH


The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is the largest sustainability conference, bringing together 600 passionate and visionary leaders to share inspiring, forward-thinking, and solution-oriented ideas that propel us toward a healthier, more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future. Join Fortune 500 powerhouses, innovative entrepreneurs, government officials, sustainability directors, academic, non-profit, and community leaders committed to solving some of the region’s toughest environmental problems while creating a positive economic impact.


Dan Saccardi, Program Director, Company Network, Ceres, will join this event.  

Please Click Here to REGISTER.

Friday, May 3, 11:30 to 12:15 pm,  Legislative WG with Clean Energy NH.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81021954450?pwd=WExoaGdIdGQ3OEtsc0E2Tk43Tmd3QT09


 LEGISLATIVE EDITION  


—>Link to our bill page:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills


IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


 THIS WEEK THERE WILL NOT BE AN UPDATED SPREADSHEET ON THE NETWORK WEBSITE as MOST OF THE TEAM IS ON VACATION.   INSTEAD,  INFORMATION IS OFFERED HERE.


BILLS THIS WEEK


Monday, April 29  

 —>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)


*SB 451  (House STE Committee)  Relative to an expedited track for certain applications to the site evaluation committee. Full Committee Work session at 9:00 am, LOB 302-304, then Exec Session 10:30 AM   PRIORITY OPPOSE. Call or write STE Reps


Tuesday, April 30


HB 1114 (Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee)    Extending the commission to investigate and analyze the environmental and public health impacts relating to releases of perfluorinated chemicals in the air, soil, and groundwater in Merrimack, Bedford, Londonderry, Hudson and Litchfield.   Public Hearing 4/30/24, SH Room 103, 9:00 am.  SUPPORT


HB 1143  (Senate  & Energy Natural Resources Committee)   Including control of cyanobacteria blooms under the New Hampshire clean lakes program.    Public Hearing 4/30/24, SH Room 103, 9:10 am.  Priority SUPPORT: Our lakes need to be protected.


HB 1360   (Senate  & Energy Natural Resources Committee)  Relative to emergency authority on the public or coastal waters of the state. Public Hearing 4/30/24, SH Room 103, 9:20 am.  SUPPORT


HB 1371   (Senate  Energy & Natural Resources Committee) Relative to allowing the land use master plan to include a section on waste reduction.  Public Hearing 4/30/24, SH Room 103, 9:30 am.  SUPPORT


HB 1221  (Senate  Energy & Natural Resources Committee)  Relative to including solid waste landfills in the definition of development of regional impact.  Public Hearing 4/30/24, SH Room 103, 9:40 am.  SUPPORT



Wednesday, May 1


HB 413  (House Judiciary) Relative to civil actions for PFAS contamination. Exec Session, 10:00 am, LOB, Room 206-208. Bipartisan.     SUPPORT



Thursday, May 2


House Session, May 2


Reps will be in session Thursday, but write the Reps in the next 2 days (by Wed) knowing that it will help. 

 —>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)


*SB 391   (House STE Committee)  OTP w/A 04/15/2024 (Vote 18-1; Consent Calendar)

Frustrations with times that are laid out, more than 6 months, are far too loose. OPPOSE until shorten timeframes.



*SB 386  (House STE Committee) EXECUTIVE SESSION (was on 4/22/24) write STE committee members directly relative to establishing a committee to study power generation.  The vote seems close, so your help is needed. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1558h, (NT) 04/22/2024 (Vote 10-9; Regular Calendar)  Priority Support


Senate Session May 2


Senators will be in session Thursday, but you can write to the Senators in the next 2 days (by Wed night) knowing that it will help.

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 


HB 1386  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources)  Relative to prohibiting the disposal of lithium-ion batteries in solid waste landfill facilities, composting facilities, or incinerators. OTP w/A.             Support


*HB 1431 (Senate Energy and Natural Resources)  Relative to utility requirements for integrated distribution planning. OTP w/A.  Priority Support.   Important bill.

Please write to Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee members directly relative to needing strict deadline requirements especially since many people have been adversely affected by interconnection delays.


HB 1613   (Senate Ways and Means) Establishing a trust fund for money from soil and water environmental contamination court settlements. Consent Calendar. Support


HB 1697   (Senate Energy and Natural Resources) Relative to forest carbon credit programs.  OTP  Senate Calendar 17.   Support


*HB1698-FN    (Senate Energy and Natural Resources) Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/02/2024, Vote 4-0; Senate Calendar 17.

Tell your state senator to OPPOSE HB 1698-FN exempting aerial application of pesticides using drones from notification processes, exposing Granite State families and pollinators to poisons hazardous to our health. OPPOSE 


HB 1709  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources)  Establishing the forest carbon commission.  Committee Report  ITL, Vote 4-0; Senate Calendar 17. Support


Friday, May 3         Enjoy your day!


BILL ACTIONS


The full House will meet in session on Thursday, May 2. You can watch it here

They also plan to meet on May 9, May 23 and May 30. It is possible they will also meet on May 22 if an additional day is needed to complete work on Senate bills.


The full Senate will meet in session on Wednesday, May 2, 10 am-5 pm. You can watch it here.


Here is the link for our bills:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills. (May not be updated.)



Action Alert! From Clean Energy NH         STATE HOUSE UPDATE       


Click on the link for the Complete Update → 

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergynh/state-house-update-9512436?e=9969d39f74


*URGENT OPPOSE  HB 1623. This bill has passed the House and will move on to the Senate. Please begin TODAY to let our Senators know that this is a bad bill, VERY  BAD bill, and we must stop it.


Call to Action ASAP 

We urgently need your voice to ensure that this bill does not pass. We are calling on all our members to contact Senate leadership and members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to express your strong opposition to  HB 1623  .


Why We Must Act Now

HB 1623 restructures our energy policy to favor traditional, centralized power plants, diverting attention and resources away from renewable resources and energy efficiency programs. This change could have long-term detrimental impacts on New Hampshire's energy landscape, particularly in rolling back initiatives like NH Saves, which have been instrumental in advancing efficiency and cost savings for our residents.


How You Can Help

Contact Senate Leadership: Reach out to the Senate President and other key leaders. Emphasize the importance of sustainable energy policy that prioritizes and encourages innovation, efficiency, safety, and affordability.

Senator Bradley

Senator Gray

Senator Carson

Senator Innis

Reach Out to the Committee: The members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are pivotal in this decision. It's crucial that they hear from their constituents and stakeholders about the negative implications of HB 1623.

Senator Avard

Senator Pearl

Senator Birdsell

Senator Watters

Senator Altschiller

Spread the Word: Share this alert with your networks. Encourage friends, family, and colleagues to join in our efforts. The more voices that express opposition, the stronger our impact will be.


Summary of those that Support the bill, those that Oppose the bill, and those that are Neutral.  Link  https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billinfo.aspx?id=1757&inflect=2


FEED YOUR BRAIN


            Designation Gives EPA Tools to Hammer Down on Polluters, Some in NH


Op-Ed: Hydrogen is not the answer (link) – Rebecca Beaulieu for Foster’s Daily Democrat (April 28, 2024)“If Granite Shore Power is actually committed to transitioning their facilities into a newer, cleaner energy future that is good for economic growth as well as community health, they would not waste time pursuing ‘clean hydrogen’ or ‘green biofuels.’ Those are simply dirty fuel sources hiding behind the words ‘clean’ and ‘green’ to attempt to convince you they will not have dangerous side-effects on the communities hosting those energy facilities.”

Bruce's Weekly Update - 4/22/24

What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary.

Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.

                                                                                        Week of April 21 to 26

MEETINGS


VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL EVENTS including movies, webinars and local actions. After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link will for that event will appear.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 



-Sunday, April 21 6 pm  Plastics Working Group


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

Meeting ID: 872 0992 8697

One tap mobile +19292056099, 87209928697# US


-Wednesday, April 24  12 noon  Climate and Health:  Lunch and Learn Series


Climate change is having a real and increasing impact on human health.  Dr. Dewey representing the New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, a grassroots, non-partisan coalition of healthcare workers, will discuss the basics of climate science and how climate change impacts health (including extreme heat, air pollution, vector borne diseases, and extreme weather events, among others).  Adaptations to protect ourselves from these impacts, climate solutions, and suggested actions will also be discussed.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqceuqpzssGtW6w7uahMOxEujzKgNICHAP#/registration



-Wednesday, April 24 4 to 5 pm  Communications Working Group


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09


Wednesday, April 24  Environmental Working Group


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88452788711?pwd=xeFP6yCjRP1H2Fksjbk8PYq9RYu9KJ.1 



-Friday, April 26  11:30 to 12:15 pm  Legislative WG with Clean Energy NH.



https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81021954450?pwd=WExoaGdIdGQ3OEtsc0E2Tk43Tmd3QT09


-Friday, April 26  6 pm

A DECADE OF ADVOCACY WITH LCV AND CLIMATE ACTION NH – TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Join the League of Conservation Voters & Climate Action New Hampshire in celebrating a decade of environmental, climate, and clean energy advocacy at our ten-year anniversary event on Friday, April 26th at the NH Audubon in Concord!

 From engaging speakers to interactive activities, join fellow environmental champions to commemorate our shared journey and renew our dedication to safeguarding our planet for generations to come. Our featured guest is League of Conservation Voters president Gene Karpinski.

RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/lcvnh/event/617425/

-Thursday, May 2  7 to 8 pm  Plastics and Your Health


Micro- and nanoplastics are present in our air, water, and soil, as well as at every level of the food chain. And these tiny bits of plastic are also already inside all of usDr. Philip J. Landrigan, a world-renowned pediatrician, public health physician is headlining  this free educational webinar. Dr. Landrigan is at the forefront of exploring what our ever-increasing exposure to plastics means for our health and longevity as well as how we can reduce our exposure.

Please click here to register 


                                      

                                       LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of April 22-26


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


 THIS WEEK THERE WILL NOT BE AN UPDATED SPREADSHEET ON THE NETWORK WEBSITE as MOST OF THE TEAM IS ON VACATION.   INSTEAD,  INFORMATION IS OFFERED HERE.



BILLS THIS WEEK


Monday, April 22


SB 386  (STE Committee  9 am ) EXECUTIVE SESSION write committee members directly

 relative to establishing a committee to study power generation  SUPPORT



Tuesday, April 23  


HB 1103  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources  9:30 ) Relative to revising the penalties of the shoreland protection act.   SUPPORT

SB 431 (House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee 12 noon.) Actively supported by the Water Sports Industry Association, a national industry group, SB 431 bill does not provide a reasonable compromise for balancing the opportunity for wake surfing with protecting the fragile health of our lakes here in New Hampshire.   OPPOSE

The members of the House RR&D Committee must hear from YOU about why SB 431, as currently written, does not provide a reasonable compromise to restore and preserve the health of our lakes. 

The proposed 200-foot setback for wake surfing is just 50 feet more than New Hampshire's 150-foot safe passage law for all boating activities–a  standard created over 60 years ago before the advent of wake surfing on our lakes. Due to wake surfing’s markedly higher wave heights and wave energy, the proposed 200-foot distance is inadequate to secure the needed protections for shorelines that prompted the existing 150-foot standard.  Recommend a 300 foot minimum to protect shore lines


SB 437 (House Executive Department and Administration 11:00 am)  EXECUTIVE SESSION - Write committee members directly.


-relative to local authority to amend the state building code.  OPPOSE. SEE PREVIOUS NETWORK NOTES



SB 365 (The House Commerce committee 1:45 pm) Public hearing


-relative to the sale or use of lithium-ion batteries for electric bicycles, scooters, or personal electric mobility devices.   SUPPORT


Wednesday, April 24


SB 543 (The House Public Works & Highways committee 11:30 am) Public hearing

-Establishing the state environmental adaptation, resilience, and innovation council.   SUPPORT


SB 373 (House Executive Department and Administration 11:30 am) Public hearing


-relative to the state building code which limits local municipal control  OPPOSE unless 2021 energy codes are included.  SEE PREVIOUS NETWORK NOTES.


Thursday, April 26


HB 1139  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources 9 am)  Relative to location of  septic systems at high water mark SUPPORT


HB 1490 (Senate Energy and Natural Resources 9:30  am)  Relative to the management of solid waste  SUPPORT



ADDITIONAL ACTION ITEMS


SB 391 | Electric grid interconnection for certain customer generators

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass as Amended

The amendment to SB 391 mandates that the NH Department of Energy (NHDOE) initiate a rulemaking proceeding within 60 days, provide updates to the House and Senate every six months, and submit final rules within a further 15 months. The bill now heads back to the Senate, where they body will either concur with the changes made by the House or form a committee of conference to produce a final version to send to the Governor for signature.

Please reach out to your Senator and ask them to support more aggressive timelines that reflect the urgency of interconnection delays for NH residential and commercial generators.


HB 1036 | Assessment of cost effectiveness of the systems benefit charge

 - CENH Position:  Oppose

Notably, HB 1623 is an extreme attempt to shift our energy policy away from a balanced approach that includes public and environmental health, to a focus solely on "baseload" generation. This shift could undermine sustainable and distributed clean energy solutions. We strongly encourage you to join us in opposing this bill by reaching out to committee members.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE  (THIS IS A SUMMARY FROM CLEAN ENERGY NH)

HERE ARE UPDATES ON MANY BILLS WE FOLLOWED LAST WEEK.   


SB 303 | Use of renewable energy funds by the Department of Energy

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass


Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass

SB 388 | Administration of utilities by the Department of Energy

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass as Amended

SB 451 | An expedited track for certain applications to the Site Evaluation Committee

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - N/A. Bill was deferred for additional work, indicating complexities that require more time to resolve.

SB 540 | Requiring the Department of Energy to investigate behind the meter and utility scale energy storage

CENH Position - Monitor

Committee Recommendation - Interim Study



-Here are bills we recommended last week.  At present, they have not moved to Executive session so you can still voice your opinion on these.  YOU CAN GO TO THE NETWORK "BILLS OF INTEREST" FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.


HB 1600 | Participation in net energy metering

 - Support

HB 1623 | The state energy policy

- Oppose

HB 1431 | Utility requirements for integrated distribution planning

 - Support





Save Forest Lake Update  (from Jon Swan.  This is his opinion)


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a Public Notice after apparently receiving a permit application from Casella for their proposed GSL landfill project next to Forest Lake and the state park.  The USACE is soliciting comments from the public in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the Casella landfill development.


4/9/2024 USACE Public Notice: https://media.defense.gov/2024/Apr/09/2003434400/-1/-1/1/20240404_NAE-2021-02240_PUBLIC_NOTICE.PDF


The public comment period has begun, as of April 9, 2024 and ends May 8, 2024. 


 PLEASE, we need EVERYONE to send an email requesting USACE to DENY the permit application!


Email your comments to: CENAE-...@usace.army.mil


Your email subject line: USACE File Number NAE-2021-02240


According to the notice:


"The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit which may reasonably accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are:

conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural value, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain value, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people."


I would suggest you take a look at "The Report of the Dalton Conservation Commission" for talking points and supported information:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/22jdws8vb92d5mvm36q55/The-Report-of-the-Dalton-Conservation-Commission-with-Appendices-2-20-2024.pdf?rlkey=5chhd9gxh8mthkt1e8vb51qd1&dl=


FEED YOUR BRAIN

-NH Lakes Month Newsletter  






Weekly Update 4/21/24

What’s Happening at the NH Network! 

Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/

News about sustainable change in NH can’t always wait until the next newsletter. Join our online community on Facebook and (NEW) Instagram to stay connected to upcoming events, good news stories, and NH Network happenings across the state. PLEASE NOTE that our FB page contains opportunities not included in the weekly summary.

Questions? Email Kennedy at kennedymc07@gmail.com.

                                                                                        Week of April 21 to 26

MEETINGS


VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL EVENTS including movies, webinars and local actions. After you link to the website, scroll to the calendar, and open the event.  The link will for that event will appear.

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 



-Sunday, April 21 6 pm  Plastics Working Group


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209928697

Meeting ID: 872 0992 8697

One tap mobile +19292056099, 87209928697# US


-Wednesday, April 24  12 noon  Climate and Health:  Lunch and Learn Series


Climate change is having a real and increasing impact on human health.  Dr. Dewey representing the New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, a grassroots, non-partisan coalition of healthcare workers, will discuss the basics of climate science and how climate change impacts health (including extreme heat, air pollution, vector borne diseases, and extreme weather events, among others).  Adaptations to protect ourselves from these impacts, climate solutions, and suggested actions will also be discussed.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqceuqpzssGtW6w7uahMOxEujzKgNICHAP#/registration



-Wednesday, April 24 4 to 5 pm  Communications Working Group


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09


Wednesday, April 24  Environmental Working Group


https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88452788711?pwd=xeFP6yCjRP1H2Fksjbk8PYq9RYu9KJ.1 



-Friday, April 26  11:30 to 12:15 pm  Legislative WG with Clean Energy NH.



https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81021954450?pwd=WExoaGdIdGQ3OEtsc0E2Tk43Tmd3QT09


-Friday, April 26  6 pm

A DECADE OF ADVOCACY WITH LCV AND CLIMATE ACTION NH – TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Join the League of Conservation Voters & Climate Action New Hampshire in celebrating a decade of environmental, climate, and clean energy advocacy at our ten-year anniversary event on Friday, April 26th at the NH Audubon in Concord!

 From engaging speakers to interactive activities, join fellow environmental champions to commemorate our shared journey and renew our dedication to safeguarding our planet for generations to come. Our featured guest is League of Conservation Voters president Gene Karpinski.

RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/lcvnh/event/617425/

-Thursday, May 2  7 to 8 pm  Plastics and Your Health


Micro- and nanoplastics are present in our air, water, and soil, as well as at every level of the food chain. And these tiny bits of plastic are also already inside all of usDr. Philip J. Landrigan, a world-renowned pediatrician, public health physician is headlining  this free educational webinar. Dr. Landrigan is at the forefront of exploring what our ever-increasing exposure to plastics means for our health and longevity as well as how we can reduce our exposure.

Please click here to register 

 

LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of April 22-26


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for your emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this link to email all members of a Senate Committee 

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


 THIS WEEK THERE WILL NOT BE AN UPDATED SPREADSHEET ON THE NETWORK WEBSITE as MOST OF THE TEAM IS ON VACATION.   INSTEAD,  INFORMATION IS OFFERED HERE.



BILLS THIS WEEK


Monday, April 22


SB 386  (STE Committee  9 am ) EXECUTIVE SESSION write committee members directly

 relative to establishing a committee to study power generation  SUPPORT



Tuesday, April 23  


HB 1103  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources  9:30 ) Relative to revising the penalties of the shoreland protection act.   SUPPORT

SB 431 (House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee 12 noon.) Actively supported by the Water Sports Industry Association, a national industry group, SB 431 bill does not provide a reasonable compromise for balancing the opportunity for wake surfing with protecting the fragile health of our lakes here in New Hampshire.   OPPOSE

The members of the House RR&D Committee must hear from YOU about why SB 431, as currently written, does not provide a reasonable compromise to restore and preserve the health of our lakes. 

The proposed 200-foot setback for wake surfing is just 50 feet more than New Hampshire's 150-foot safe passage law for all boating activities–a  standard created over 60 years ago before the advent of wake surfing on our lakes. Due to wake surfing’s markedly higher wave heights and wave energy, the proposed 200-foot distance is inadequate to secure the needed protections for shorelines that prompted the existing 150-foot standard.  Recommend a 300 foot minimum to protect shore lines


SB 437 (House Executive Department and Administration 11:00 am)  EXECUTIVE SESSION - Write committee members directly.


-relative to local authority to amend the state building code.  OPPOSE. SEE PREVIOUS NETWORK NOTES




Wednesday, April 24



SB 365 (The House Commerce committee 1:45 pm) Public hearing


-relative to the sale or use of lithium-ion batteries for electric bicycles, scooters, or personal electric mobility devices.   SUPPORT


SB 543 (The House Public Works & Highways committee 11:30 am) Public hearing

-Establishing the state environmental adaptation, resilience, and innovation council.   SUPPORT


SB 373 (House Executive Department and Administration 11:30 am) Public hearing


-relative to the state building code which limits local municipal control  OPPOSE unless 2021 energy codes are included.  SEE PREVIOUS NETWORK NOTES.


Thursday, April 26


HB 1139  (Senate Energy and Natural Resources 9 am)  Relative to location of  septic systems at high water mark SUPPORT


HB 1490 (Senate Energy and Natural Resources 9:30  am)  Relative to the management of solid waste  SUPPORT



ADDITIONAL ACTION ITEMS


SB 391 | Electric grid interconnection for certain customer generators

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass as Amended

The amendment to SB 391 mandates that the NH Department of Energy (NHDOE) initiate a rulemaking proceeding within 60 days, provide updates to the House and Senate every six months, and submit final rules within a further 15 months. The bill now heads back to the Senate, where they body will either concur with the changes made by the House or form a committee of conference to produce a final version to send to the Governor for signature.

Please reach out to your Senator and ask them to support more aggressive timelines that reflect the urgency of interconnection delays for NH residential and commercial generators.


HB 1036 | Assessment of cost effectiveness of the systems benefit charge

 - CENH Position:  Oppose

Notably, HB 1623 is an extreme attempt to shift our energy policy away from a balanced approach that includes public and environmental health, to a focus solely on "baseload" generation. This shift could undermine sustainable and distributed clean energy solutions. We strongly encourage you to join us in opposing this bill by reaching out to committee members.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE  (THIS IS A SUMMARY FROM CLEAN ENERGY NH)

HERE ARE UPDATES ON MANY BILLS WE FOLLOWED LAST WEEK.   


SB 303 | Use of renewable energy funds by the Department of Energy

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass


Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass

SB 388 | Administration of utilities by the Department of Energy

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - Ought to Pass as Amended

SB 451 | An expedited track for certain applications to the Site Evaluation Committee

CENH Position - Support

Committee Recommendation - N/A. Bill was deferred for additional work, indicating complexities that require more time to resolve.

SB 540 | Requiring the Department of Energy to investigate behind the meter and utility scale energy storage

CENH Position - Monitor

Committee Recommendation - Interim Study



-Here are bills we recommended last week.  At present, they have not moved to Executive session so you can still voice your opinion on these.  YOU CAN GO TO THE NETWORK "BILLS OF INTEREST" FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.


HB 1600 | Participation in net energy metering

 - Support

HB 1623 | The state energy policy

- Oppose

HB 1431 | Utility requirements for integrated distribution planning

 - Support



Save Forest Lake Update  (from Jon Swan.  This is his opinion)


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a Public Notice after apparently receiving a permit application from Casella for their proposed GSL landfill project next to Forest Lake and the state park.  The USACE is soliciting comments from the public in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the Casella landfill development.


4/9/2024 USACE Public Notice: https://media.defense.gov/2024/Apr/09/2003434400/-1/-1/1/20240404_NAE-2021-02240_PUBLIC_NOTICE.PDF


The public comment period has begun, as of April 9, 2024 and ends May 8, 2024. 


 PLEASE, we need EVERYONE to send an email requesting USACE to DENY the permit application!


Email your comments to: CENAE-...@usace.army.mil


Your email subject line: USACE File Number NAE-2021-02240


According to the notice:


"The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit which may reasonably accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are:

conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural value, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain value, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people."


I would suggest you take a look at "The Report of the Dalton Conservation Commission" for talking points and supported information:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/22jdws8vb92d5mvm36q55/The-Report-of-the-Dalton-Conservation-Commission-with-Appendices-2-20-2024.pdf?rlkey=5chhd9gxh8mthkt1e8vb51qd1&dl=


FEED YOUR BRAIN

-NH Lakes Month Newsletter  

 https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGxSlWQWStHWrQVWClRqtDRgzDs

Bruce's Weekly Update - 4/14/24

  What’s Happening at the NH Network!


                   LEGISLATIVE EDITION    Week of April 15 to 19


—>Link to NH Network website:  https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/NH-bills

IMPORTANT:  In order for emails sent to representatives to be part of the record, you should either request this in your email or send a copy to the committee’s legislative aide.  IF you email the entire committee via a group email, the aide will receive your email and your comments will be part of the record.

An easy way to participate:

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose House bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)

—>Use this link to sign in to Support/Oppose Senate bills

—>Use this list to email all members of a Senate Committee (member emails by committee)

 Testimony is most effective, a short written submission is “next” most effective and signing in also carries influence.  Seek to contribute within your comfort zone.

What happens to a bill after its public hearing and what can I do?

Once bills have had a public hearing, they move onto either work sessions or executive sessions.   If you wish to continue to support a bill then your comments should be directed to the committee member’s email.   In addition, once a bill is headed for a floor vote, it is important to contact your reps directly

Review the Network’s “Bills of Interest” page to check the status of bills from the previous weeks.

The Network is a volunteer driven organization.  At times, and particularly when the legislature is in session, the amount of bills can be overwhelming.  Choose to help where you can.


Bills This Week:  


Monday, April 15  (Your opinion on bills in Executive session must be sent directly to the committee.   Use this list to email all members of a House Committee (member emails by committee)



-SB 386  (10 am House STE Committee room 302-04 EXECUTIVE SESSION)  Establish a committee to study power generation, transmission , distribution and storage.  SUPPORT 


-SB 388 (2 pm House STE Committee room 302-04 EXECUTIVE SESSION)  Relative to the administration of utilities by the DOE.  SUPPORT 


-SB 391 (2 pm House STE Committee room 302-04)  SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT


 -Improve SB 391  (From Clean Energy NH)

The House Science, Technology, and Energy committee will deliberate on an amendment to SB 391 before proceeding to an executive session (vote). This amendment has significant implications for those adversely affected by interconnection delays — a hurdle that has stymied both households and businesses’ ability to control their own energy costs. We strongly encourage you to reach out directly to the members of the committee, advocating for the establishment of stringent deadlines for the completion and adoption of interconnection rules and standards. 

-SB 540   (2 pm House STE Committee room 302-04  EXECUTIVE SESSION)  Require DOE to investigate behind the meter and Utility scale energy storage.  PRIORITY SUPPORT

Tuesday, April 16


-HB 1600, 1623, 1431, 1036 (Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 9 am room 103)

Clean Energy New Hampshire fully supports two of these bills (HB 1431and HB 1600) for their innovative approach to energy planning and community-scale projects, while CENH vehemently oppose the other two for their potential to undermine our clean energy progress broadly and energy efficiency, specifically (HB 1036 and HB 1623).


 This Clean Energy link explains each of these bills.  In addition, these bills are listed on the Network website


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/clean+e/FMfcgzGxSlKsrGrbRpGCFDQTrvZNJLSF


Wednesday, April 17


-SB 496 (Health and Human Services Committee 2:30 room 206  EXECUTIVE session)  Requires the DOH to establish a climate and health protection program.  SUPPORT


-Here is an update from NH Lakes on crossover bills.


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/andrea/FMfcgzGxSlNLcVbVXwfVtTRqjfddkZlZ




-Save Forest Lake Update  (from Jon Swan)


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a Public Notice after apparently receiving a permit application from Casella for their proposed GSL landfill project next to Forest Lake and the state park.  The USACE is soliciting comments from the public in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the Casella landfill development.


4/9/2024 USACE Public Notice: https://media.defense.gov/2024/Apr/09/2003434400/-1/-1/1/20240404_NAE-2021-02240_PUBLIC_NOTICE.PDF


The public comment period has begun, as of April 9, 2024 and ends May 8, 2024. 


 PLEASE, we need EVERYONE to send an email requesting USACE to DENY the permit application!


Email your comments to: CENAE-...@usace.army.mil


Your email subject line: USACE File Number NAE-2021-02240


According to the notice:


"The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit which may reasonably accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are:

conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural value, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain value, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food production and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people."


I would suggest you take a look at "The Report of the Dalton Conservation Commission" for talking points and supported information:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/22jdws8vb92d5mvm36q55/The-Report-of-the-Dalton-Conservation-Commission-with-Appendices-2-20-2024.pdf?rlkey=5chhd9gxh8mthkt1e8vb51qd1&dl=0



Meetings   Week of April 14 to 21

From Kennedy McGrath kennedymc07@gmail.com.


As you have probably heard, I have taken over the NHN social media pages to revamp and create new content to show the community what we do, appeal to a wide age range, and potentially gain new members. To advance that goal,  I wanted to share some opportunities to contribute ideas and content to the Facebook and Instagram pages that you think people want to see.

Earth Day is a great time to get people interested in learning more about environment, energy, and climate issues that they may already be interested in but don’t know much about. If you have an idea for a topic or are hosting an Earth Day related event, let me know! We will be doing a series of posts encompassing all of the NHN focus areas for Earth “week” to engage people in these topics.

I have also been managing the NHN calendar, so if you need an event posted, email me to let me know! I can also promote the event on social media, and cover the highlights with photos after the fact. Any time you lead or attend an event, snap a photo so people can see the amazing work you are doing in your community! Vertical videos are also extremely impactful and will reach more people.

 GENERAL POST IDEAS:

Even if there is not a specific holiday or event to tie a social media campaign, you can submit an idea for a post using the form below!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwfGQbgezbL-jy7H_Z-IwoczA3uC88riaR5LR0TzW3JQ0zQg/viewform?usp=sf_link


Social Media Accounts

Check out what we’ve been doing and push it out to your networks!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireNetwork/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/new_hampshire_network/



VISIT THE NETWORK CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS. 

https://www.newhampshirenetwork.org/calendar 



-Sunday, April 14 - 12  noon - 3 pm Portsmouth Earth Week Event,Connie Bean Center  155 Parrott Ave  Portsmouth  jesspblasko@gmail.com 



-Wednesday, April 17  4 pm  Network Communications WG 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3593768649?pwd=bXZmbHpoTXBram9DalhqZFBaWkprUT09

Passcode is zoom (should not need it, but that's the passcode if you are ever asked.)



-Wednesday, April 17  7 pm Network Steering Committee


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81008368803?pwd=Q2syUVBFdCtFeC9VMGVuc2RhOWU1QT09

Meeting ID: 810 0836 8803  Passcode: 385644 


-Tuesday/Wednesday April 16 and 17   The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), NH Department of Environmental Services, and Mark King of the Maine Compost School are teaming up to bring this FREE 4-workshop series on April 16 and 17 in Concord, NH. Workshops will address everything from the basics of food waste diversion to specifics on how to implement a food waste diversion program within your community, including outreach and community education.

 

For more information about the workshops and a link to the registration form, please visit the NRRA website: https://www.nrrarecycles.org/news/food-waste-diversion-composting-workshop-series.

Topic: Legislation/Policy (all topics: energy, climate, environment)

Time: Mar 15, 2024 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every week on Fri  2:00 PM    


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