SHAHEEN: $3 MILLION FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS AT GREAT BAY PASSES SENATE

Funding will benefit fishermen, lobstermen, boaters, and visitors

November 06, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Senate has passed her request for funding for conservation efforts at the Great Bay estuary. Shaheen and Senator 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 it will support Great Bay's multiple users including fishermen, oyster harvesters, lobstermen and all recreational users. The funding for the project was approved by the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will now go conference committee to be merged with the House bill.

"Great Bay's natural beauty and resources must be protected so that the community, nature enthusiasts and fishing industry can continue to benefit," said Shaheen. "I'm proud that this funding will help preserve this estuary and help spur the local economy 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 ten 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. The funding was approved today by the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, which includes $7,550,000 for projects in New Hampshire.

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