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House Proceeding 04-15-10 on Apr 15th, 2010 :: 1:46:10 to 1:49:10
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Carol Shea-Porter

1:45:54 to 1:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: the amendment is agreed to. it's now in order to consider amendment number 6 printed in house report 111-463. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. shea-porter: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 printed in house report 111-463 offered by ms. shea-porterf new hampshire.

Carol Shea-Porter

1:46:10 to 1:49:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carol Shea-Porter

Carol Shea-Porter

1:46:15 to 1:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: the chair: pursuant to house resolution 1248, the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. shea-porter, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new hampshire. ms. shea-porter: thank you, mr. chair. i yield myself such time as i may consume. first, i'd like to thank chairman oberstar, mr. bishop and mr. lobiondo for their work on this bill. i have the honor of

Carol Shea-Porter

1:46:36 to 1:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: representing the first congressional district of new hampshire, which is he to prep. prep, as it is known, has been part of the national estuary program since 1995. prep works to protect two estuarine areas in new

Carol Shea-Porter

1:46:57 to 1:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: hampshire. it includes the great bay watershed which includes 42 communities in new hampshire and 10 communities in maine. the national estuary program has been a significant source of funding and resources, assisting prep in their valuable work. this re-authorization we are considering today will make the program stronger and allow for more estuaries to be included.

Carol Shea-Porter

1:47:18 to 1:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: mr. chair, one of the threats facing our estuaries is sea level change. as the sea level rises, it pushes the water further inland changing the makeup of our estuaries and wetlands. in fact the wetlands may move further inland. in areas of the northeast where our land is highly developed this may not be possible.

Carol Shea-Porter

1:47:39 to 1:48:01( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: there may be no place for the plant and animals that depend on the unique makeup of these estuaries to go. they may literally hit a roadblock and those ecosystems would collapse. mr. chair, the threat of that happening should wary us all. estuaries are essential happen tats. they support countless plants, species and wildlife.

Carol Shea-Porter

1:48:02 to 1:48:22( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: they are the pathways for many species of fish that migrate from the ocean into our rivers. in fact, estuaries prove habitat for 75% of the commercial fish and catch and up to 90% of the recreational fish and catch in this country. estuaries and wetlands also act as buffers to the storms that batter our coasts. i volunteered in new orleans

Carol Shea-Porter

1:48:23 to 1:48:43( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: after hurricane katrina, and i can tell you firsthand the devastation that the storm caused. many scientists have attributed the lands outside of new orleans as a factor in the severity of the damage that the storm caused. mr. chair, sea levels are changing, whether you agree or disagree that global climate change is the cause.

Carol Shea-Porter

1:48:44 to 1:49:04( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: we should all be alarmed by the potential impact rising se levels could have on these important habitats. it has been estimated that sea level rise could convert as much as 33% of the world's coastal wetlands to open water. that would be a devastating loss for our coastal communities. mr. chair, this straight forward amendment would simply ensure that sea level change is taken

Carol Shea-Porter

1:49:05 to 1:49:12( Edit History Discussion )

Carol Shea-Porter: to account when the comprehensive conservation and management plan are constructed. these estuaries are important parts of our coastal communities

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