Equating a healthy environment with a healthy economy, N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan on Aug. 21 signed three bills into law that address rising sea levels, coastal management, and waterway pollution.
The Seacoast Science Center in Rye, with its commanding view of the ocean and Whaleback Light, served as the backdrop for the ceremonial signing of SB 163, SB 164 and HB 393.
SB 163 establishes a coastal risk and hazards commission that will help the State prepare for projected sea-level rise and recommend smarter, more innovative ways to make New Hampshire’s communities resilient to the increasing number of severe weather events.
SB 164 authorizes local planning boards to include coastal management provisions in their master plans.
HB 393 helps protect New Hampshire waterways such as the Great Bay from pollution by reducing the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous allowed in turf fertilizers that are sold in retail.
These bills had been signed into law before the legislative deadline in July. This was a ceremonial signing at a location meant to point out the important of the bills.
Here are the videos that were shot during the event. (Apologies for the darkness of the faces; the backlight was very bright.):