CONCORD – The House today voted to pass reforms to the Shoreland Protection Act. It is supported by the NH Lakes Association, the Department of Environmental Services, home builders and property rights advocates. House leaders released the following statements:
“We need to minimize burdens on property owners but also ensure that we have one common state standard for clean water. SB 154 maintains important environmental and water quality protections while also respecting the rights of property owners,” said House Speaker William O’Brien.
“The state of our environment is directly related to our economy and quality of life. Senate Bill 154 will continue to improve the water quality in our state, but will simplify much of the paperwork and red tape faced by landowners under the current law. It will also ensure that we guard against erosion and contain contaminants found in storm water, thus protecting fish and other wildlife. The reform of this legislation was a shining example of bipartisanship and cooperation among usually opposed interest groups. This legislation if passed in to law would simplify the permitting process and give a boost to the depressed construction industry in the Lakes Region,” said Bettencourt.