October 14, 2021
(Manchester, NH) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies which funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that NOAA will award $ 299,990 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Specifically, the funding would support a new DES program titled “Advancing Scale-Appropriate Climate Resilience: The New Hampshire Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program”. The program will help build climate resilience in Granite State’s coastal communities by supporting a neighborhood-wide peer-to-peer technical assistance approach for future coastal flood risk assessments and resilience planning. The program seeks to identify how this approach can stimulate engagement and information sharing among coastal residents threatened by sea level rise and coastal flooding.
“As climate change intensifies, coastal communities in New Hampshire are on the front lines of the devastating consequences of this crisis – from damage to critical infrastructure to homes and lives at risk.” said Senator Shaheen. “Tackling the impacts of the climate crisis must be an ongoing effort that prioritizes communities facing the greatest danger, which is why this grant is so important. The federal funds awarded will help inform our coastal communities of the knowledge and expertise they need to build their resilience in the face of our rapidly changing climate. Securing federal investments to protect Granite State communities from the effects of climate change and tackling this crisis has long been one of my top priorities, and I will continue to fight for more funding through my work at the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“We must immediately address the threat posed by climate change, especially for coastal communities who are already facing the impact of rising sea levels on their homes and businesses,” Senator Hassan said. “This federal funding will help Granite Staters in our coastal communities better understand how their neighborhoods may be affected by climate change and build their resilience to future flooding. I will continue to work to secure additional federal resources to help ensure our state is prepared for the impacts of climate change, including passing the Infrastructure Bill which includes critical funding for coastal resilience programs. “
“We need to make sure that our infrastructure is strong enough to withstand the inclement weather and storms that increasingly hit New Hampshire,” said Congressman Pappas. “These funds will help our communities share information, invest in effective improvements and protect Granite Staters from the adverse effects of sea level rise and climate change. We need to be prepared for these continued environmental impacts, and I will continue to fight in Congress for funding and investments that will ensure the resilience of our infrastructure.
Senator Shaheen is a leader in the Senate for protecting our environment and combating the effects of climate change. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen traveled to Paris to participate in high-level discussions at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which led to the International Accord of Bets on the climate. She introduced the International Climate Accountability Act – legislation aimed at preventing President Trump from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and directing the Trump administration to develop a strategic plan for that the United States live up to its commitment under the Agreement. Shaheen also introduced widely hailed bipartisan legislation with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to save billions of dollars in energy costs for American homes and businesses and dramatically reduce the United States’ carbon footprint. Key provisions of this legislation were included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate in August. Shaheen is a founding member of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, which brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to tackle climate change.
Senator Hassan is working to fight climate change and reduce its impacts in New Hampshire and across the country. Senator Hassan successful efforts Secure significant federal funding to strengthen coastal resilience efforts for coastal communities in New Hampshire and across the country under the bipartisan infrastructure program that was passed by the Senate. Senator Hassan also led a number of his colleagues, including Senator Shaheen, in reintroduce bipartite legislation supporting and expanding programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort in 11 states, including New Hampshire, that uses market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector .