Shaheen leads delegation to secure $ 3.7 million in NH to improve coastal resilience against natural disasters


22 November 2021

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Credit Sub-Committee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), led the New Hampshire congressional delegation to welcome $ 3,794,613 in new grants from the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) for New Hampshire to support coastal resilience projects. The funding was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The NCRF is funded by CJS subcommittee chairs Shaheen. This funding for New Hampshire is a significant increase from previous years as the state receives funding to restore habitat and protect communities, building on planning grants from previous years.

Senator Hassan directly directed $ 492 million for the 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund under the bipartisan infrastructure deal she and Shaheen helped negotiate, which was signed into law last week.

“Coastal communities in New Hampshire are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and time is running out to invest in their resilience. I am pleased to welcome over $ 3.5 million to New Hampshire to address the twin crisis of safeguarding our infrastructure from devastation from natural disasters and preserving local wildlife, ” said Senator Shaheen. “This funding will help our communities harness the benefits of natural habitats for protection as we adapt to climate change. I am committed to working in the Senate to ensure our communities do not remain vulnerable to climate change and to improve fish and wildlife habitat.

“The Granite Staters are already feeling and seeing the impacts of climate change, which is why I fought to include more funding for the National Coastal Resiliency Fund in the bipartite infrastructure act, which will help our coastal communities to be better. prepare for increased flooding and more severe weather conditions. , ” noted Senator Hassan. “This funding through the National Coastal Resiliency Fund in New Hampshire will improve our coastal resilience, and I will continue to work to address climate change and ensure New Hampshire is well prepared for the increasingly dramatic impacts of this one.”

“The New Hampshire coast and our seaside communities have felt the impact of climate change – it is essential that we invest in our natural infrastructure to offset destruction from storms and floods for generations to come.” said Representative Kuster. “I am delighted to see this federal funding from the National Coastal Resilience Fund heading to our state to protect coastal communities and wildlife habitat.”

“Supporting resilience efforts along our coast is essential to protect the environment and our infrastructure” noted Rep. Pappas. “These funds will help ensure New Hampshire can adapt and effectively plan for sea level rise and severe weather events. I will continue to fight for smart investments that will allow New Hampshire to mitigate the threats of climate change and protect our communities.

The NCRF strengthens natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities and preserve wildlife habitats. By restoring coastal marshes, wetlands, forests, rivers and more, NCRF helps reduce the impacts of natural disasters on local communities.

The two grants announced for New Hampshire by the NCRF include:

  • $ 3,094,613 to the University of New Hampshire – Building Coastal Resilience for the Expanded Great Marsh System of New Hampshire and Massachusetts
  • $ 700,000 to NH’s Department of Environmental Services – Building Capacity for Coastal Resilience Analysis to Protect Communities and Tidal Wetlands

More information is available here.

Senator Shaheen is a leader in the Senate for protecting our environment and combating the effects of climate change. In the CJS Appropriations Bill released by the Appropriations Committee last month, she fought for $ 730 million to support NOAA research, including critical research to tackle the climate crisis, marking an increase of 19% compared to 2021.

As part of the bipartisan infrastructure deal that was enacted last week, Shaheen and Hassan secured key provisions to tackle climate change. It includes Shaheen’s bipartisan legislation with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to save US homes and businesses billions of dollars in energy costs and dramatically reduce the US carbon footprint. Shaheen and Hassan are strong supporters of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and co-sponsored the bill enacted last year to permanently fund the LWCF and help close the over $ 43 million maintenance backlog. in New Hampshire. Last year, Shaheen wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe with Senator Whitehouse, highlighting the collapse in coastal property values ​​and warning of the economic fallout along our coasts due to the impacts of climate change.

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