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NO. R-213. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO A JOINT VT-NH LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION ON CONNECTICUT RIVER COOPERATION.

(J.R.H. 172)

Offered by: Representatives Deen of Westminster, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Brown of Walden, Costello of Brattleboro, Crawford of Burke, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deuel of West Rutland, Emmons of Springfield, Holmes of Bethel, Hube of Londonderry, Johnson of Canaan, Kehler of Pomfret, Larocque of Barnet, Lehman of Hartford, Mallary of Brookfield, Masland of Thetford, Milkey of Brattleboro, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Richardson of Weathersfield, Robb of Swanton, Rusten of Halifax, Seibert of Norwich, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sweaney of Windsor and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, the New Hampshire State Legislature established the Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission in 1987, and

Whereas, the Vermont State Legislature established the Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission in 1988, and

Whereas, the two commissions started to meet jointly, and in 1990 established a nonprofit organization, the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, to carry out their cooperative educational and advisory activities, and

Whereas, the Connecticut River, from the outlet of Fourth Connecticut Lake to the Massachusetts border, was adopted by the New Hampshire Legislature into the state's Rivers Management and Protection Program in 1992, and

Whereas, the Vermont Legislature authorized Vermont citizens from municipalities bordering the Connecticut River to serve on local river management advisory groups established pursuant to New Hampshire law, and

Whereas, the Connecticut River Joint Commissions established five advisory bistate local river subcommittees, comprised of representatives nominated by the selectboards of their municipalities, and

Whereas, the local river subcommittees worked for four years to reach consensus and develop a plan, and the Connecticut River Joint Commissions published the six-volume Connecticut River Corridor Management Plan in 1997, and

Whereas, this citizen-based plan provides advisory recommendations for agencies, communities and the public on how to be good neighbors to a great river, and

Whereas, the New England Federal Partners for Natural Resources, a consortium of nine federal agencies, established action teams to aid the Connecticut River Joint Commissions in implementing the plan's recommendations, and

Whereas, the Connecticut River Joint Commissions have brought about a cooperative dialogue and partnership among diverse users of the river, local communities, organizations, state agencies, and federal agencies for improved protection of natural resources, promotion of heritage tourism, opportunities for river recreation, marketing of agricultural products, and understanding and safeguarding water quality, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the House and Senate of the State of Vermont ask the Congressional Delegations of New Hampshire and Vermont to seek continuation of the cooperative partnerships and support from the New England Federal Partners for Natural Resources to the Connecticut River Joint Commissions for purposes of carrying out the recommendations of the Connecticut River Corridor Management Plan, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the President of the New Hampshire Senate, with a request that their houses adopt a similar resolution, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to Governor Howard Dean, M.D., Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator James Jeffords, Representative Bernie Sanders, Governor Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Bob Smith, Senator Judd Gregg, Representative Charles Bass and Representative John Sununu.