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Shaheen Applauds Announcement of Coastal Resilience Grant Awards to Implement NH Coastal Risk and Hazard Commission Recommendations

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the annual budget for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), applauded the announcement of over $445,000 in federal grants to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) for five new projects to promote flood hazard preparedness and resilience in New Hampshire communities along the Seacoast and Great Bay estuary. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management awarded the Project of Special Merit grant to the Coastal Program to assist 10 Great Bay municipalities to carry out their coastal reliance planning and outreach priorities. The Coastal Program has also selected four innovative projects to receive funding through its 2016 Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience grant opportunity.

“The work of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is critical for weather and safety infrastructure and coastal resilience support across the Seacoast,” said Shaheen. “New Hampshire is already seeing the impacts of climate change. These grants are key to our efforts to protect our environment and prepare our communities for natural disasters and rising sea levels, and I will continue to champion these important investments as I oversee NOAA’s budget.”

Shaheen has sharply criticized the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to NOAA in next year’s budget and pledged to rally bipartisan opposition.