Below you will find information from NH Lakes regarding House Bill 1066 which will be before the committee this coming Wednesday, January 12. We would like to encourage you, if you support the bill, to provide that support by email, letter or phone and register your support through the links provided. We believe passage of this bill will be a start to substantively address the increasing threat from cyanobacteria blooms in our lake.
|The New Hampshire 2022 legislative session has just kicked off and YOUR voice is urgently needed at the State House! |
On Wednesday, January 12, at 1:45 p.m., House Bill 1066, establishing a commission to investigate and analyze the environmental and human, and animal health impacts relating to cyanobacteria blooms in New Hampshire waterbodies, is being heard in the House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee.
Our lakes—including YOUR favorite lake—need you to write or call your legislative representatives before Wednesday, urging them to support this bill.
In 2021, a record number of public health advisories were issued for toxic cyanobacteria in New Hampshire’s lakes. People were told to avoid wading or swimming in the water and also avoid drinking water from the lake for fear of becoming sick. They were told to keep pets out of the water, too. Cyanobacteria blooms are not only a health hazard for humans, pets, and wildlife, they negatively impact tourism and the economy. Cyanobacteria is a statewide problem and statewide solutions are needed. It is time for the legislature to take a comprehensive look at ways to tackle this issue.
If passed, the study commission would be the first time experts from the New Hampshire Departments of Environmental Services and Health and Human Services, environmental conservation groups, veterinarians, universities, and policymakers would come together to address the increasing frequency and severity of cyanobacteria blooms in New Hampshire’s waterbodies.
Our legislators need to hear from YOU! Call, email, or write members of the committee, or testify at the State House, and tell policymakers how toxic cyanobacteria blooms have impacted your favorite lake and your enjoyment of the lake. Stories and public testimony, especially from advocates like you, will make a difference in getting this critical legislation passed. Below, I have included tips for writing and calling legislators, and providing verbal testimony. And, a link to register in support of the bill.
Thank you, in advance for responding to this call for action, giving New Hampshire’s lakes a voice at State House! Our lakes are counting on you.Committed to clean and healthy lakes,
Michelle Davis, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager
P.S. Please cc me on your emails and letters and let me know if you have made calls! If you plan to testify in person on January 11, let me know so we can plan our strategy.
|How YOU Can Support HB 1066|
Send an email to:
Mail a letter:
NH House of Representatives
Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee
Legislative Office Building, Room 305
Call committee members:
For phone numbers, see committee member bios
—————-—–> Register In Support Here!
Select Date of Hearing: January 12, 2022
Select the Committee: House Resources, Recreation, and Development
Choose the Bill: HB 1066
Indicate Who You’re Representing
Choose Your Position: Support, Oppose, Neutral Advocating at the State House