Protect New Hampshire's Lakes
We should be doing everything we can to protect New Hampshire's lakes. But loopholes in the Clean Water Act have left more than half of the streams that feed our lakes vulnerable to development and pollution. Polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down from efforts to close the loopholes, so Environment New Hampshire is standing up for our lakes and fighting back.
Our lakes are worth protecting
If you've ever gone swimming in Lake Sunapee, canoed on Lake Winnipesaukee, or visited any of New Hampshire's lakes, you know what's at stake. Every year, families from New Hampshire and across the region visit our lakes to hike, fish, swim and boat. Our tranquil, beautiful lakes improve our quality of life.
Yet, more than half of the streams and wetlands that feed our lakes are vulnerable to pollution and development due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Nobody should be allowed to pave over the streams we love or treat our waterways like a personal sewer. That's why Environment New Hampshire is standing up for our lakes.
As our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., move to update the Clean Water Act, it's critical they hear from you—and not just our lakes' biggest polluters.
New Hampshire's lakes need our help
The good news is that this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is working to close the loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This would be the single largest step taken for clean water in more than a decade—protecting thousands of miles of the streams that feed our lakes from overdevelopment and big polluters.
Big developers are pressuring the EPA to back down. The oil industry has threatened "legal warfare." And they've pushed Congress to cripple the EPA's ability to protect our water. We're organizing everyone from local farmers to scientists to our neighbors down the road to convince the EPA to stand up to the pressure and protect our lakes.
Together, we can win
Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across New Hampshire to educate people about what's at stake. We're also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our waterways. But the real key to winning this fight is you. With your support, we can restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways and protect New Hampshire's lakes.
Tell the EPA to protect New Hampshire's lakes
- More than half of New Hampshire’s streams are vulnerable to pollution and development.
- The drinking water for nearly half a million New Hampshire residents could be at risk.
- More than 2,000 New Hampshire residents across the state have signed our petition urging the EPA to protect our lakes.