Updates Regarding the Governor's Proposed Certification Repeals
The NHANRS Legislative Committee has been working diligently to respond timely and factually to various state committees on the Governor’s proposal to repeal the CWS and CSS. Below are links to the four letter that have been submitted so far. Please continue to check your emails and back here for more updates.
Important Update: Governor's Proposed Certification Repeals
As many of you may be aware by now, and for those of you who are not, Governor Sununu has proposed to eliminate the Board of Natural Scientists and the certifications for Wetland and Soil Scientists in the State of New Hampshire, amongst many other Boards (8 total) and licenses/certifications (34 total, including Foresters and Landscape Architects). Unfortunately, NHANRS Board of Directors and Legislative Committee had no advance knowledge of the Governor’s proposal prior to the Press Release on Wednesday February 22nd to the general public.
The NHANRS Legislative Committee has been working diligently with our lobbyist since Thursday in preparation of arguments to support the CWS and CSS certifications remaining intact, and to find a compromise solution as to how they can be maintained in the future. We will be addressing these with the appropriate Congressional entities and before House/Senate Legislative Committees in the coming weeks.
At this time, we don’t have any further updates, but we will keep you informed as we learn more. We may also be reaching out to the membership for your support as we fight to keep the CWS and CSS certifications intact.
Here is the link for HB 655 (sections 90 and 91 pertain to the Natural Resource Scientists) https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/pdf.aspx?id=7133&q=billVersion
HB 2 has not been released yet.
EPA 2022 CGP
EPA signed its 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP) for stormwater discharges from construction activities on January 18, 2022. The 2022 CGP, which became effective on February 17, 2022, replaces the 2017 CGP. The 2022 CGP provides permit coverage to eligible construction stormwater discharges in the following areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority
Click HERE or more information and to view the 2022 CGP
Letter From the Joint Board of Natural Resource Scientists
The NHANRS Board of Directors reached out to the Board of Natural Scientists regarding CEU requirements for Certified Wetland and Soil Scientists that need to renew their certifications. Click below to view their response.
National Wetland Plant List Has Been Updated
The 2020 NWPL became applicable on November 2, 2021, and is now required to be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Click the button below to view the press release from the USACE. To download your copy of the regional or national wetland plant list clink HERE.
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