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.

Join our campaign by sending the EPA a message today.

Clean Water Updates

News Release | Environment New Hampshire

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 55% of New Hampshire’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development. 

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect New Hampshire’s Waterways

Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

Granite Staters’ Thank Sen. Ayotte For Her McCarthy EPA Confirmation Vote

Manchester, NH – Today, Granite Staters joined Environment New Hampshire outside the local office of Senator Kelly Ayotte, thanking her for voting to confirm Gina McCarthy earlier this week as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent. 

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News Release | Environment New Hampshire Research and Policy Center

1,788 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New Hampshire’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped 1,788 pounds of toxic chemicals into New Hampshire’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment New Hampshire.

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