SHAHEEN SECURES $3 MILLION FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS AT GREAT BAY

Funding will benefit fishermen, lobstermen, boaters, and visitors

December 17, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator 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 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 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 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.

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