WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
announced today that her request for funding for conservation efforts at the
Great Bay estuary has been approved by the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year
2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill and has been signed into law by President
Obama. Shaheen and Sen. Judd Gregg worked together to secure the $3 million,
which will help the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership continue their
work to bring the estuary back to its original splendor, and will support Great
Bay's multiple users, including fishermen, oyster harvesters, lobstermen and
all recreational users.
"Great Bay is a natural treasure that benefits the community, nature enthusiasts, and the local fishing industry as well, and we need to make sure it stays that way," said Shaheen. "Conservation efforts like the ongoing project at Great Bay show us that we can protect our natural places and preserve their use for commerce at the same time."
The funding will help protect an additional 175 acres of critical shoreline habitat in the Great Bay estuary. Over the last 10 years, the Great Bay Protection Partnership has protected over 5,000 acres of land in the Great Bay estuary, becoming the largest conservation effort in the Seacoast.