The environment is the economic lifeblood of the North Country and it is crucial that the right choices are made now to protect New York, the United States, and the planet for future generations. The six million acres that comprise the Adirondack Park are filled with dozens of waterfalls, over thirty thousand miles of streams and rivers, and over 1500 miles of trails. The federal government must recognize the challenges that climate change and invasive species present to New Yorkers as residents of an ecologically diverse state and inhabitants of an interconnected planet.

New Yorkers have seen first-hand the destruction pollution can cause. The Adirondacks continue to recover from acid rain and they are also experiencing more instances of extreme weather. This impacts public safety and the economic security of the North Country.

There are approximately 50,000 non-native invasive animal and plant species that have been introduced to the United States, resulting in economic costs estimated at more than $100 billion annually. Due to New York’s position as the gateway to the Great Lakes and a center of international shipping trade, New York has been a point of entry for many aquatic and land-based invasive species.

As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, the leader of the House Republican Climate Resolution, and the Co-Chair of the House Invasive Species Caucus Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to consensus driven legislation to address our nation’s environmental and energy challenges. Congresswoman Stefanik believes that these solutions must be formed by the legislative branch in a way that is economically viable and puts the United States on the best possible footing to lead. By working with residents, state, and local governments the Federal Government can protect the environment while growing the economies of both the North Country and the United States.

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.Res. 195 – Expressing the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Conservative Environmental Stewardship

H.R. 1357 – Stamp Out Invasive Species Act

H.R. 344 – Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act

H.Res. 170 – Expression the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Work to Combat the Nationwide Problem of Invasive Species Threatening Native Ecosystems

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 2326 – Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017

H.R. 468 – Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017

H.R. 1026 – North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act

H.R. 502 – To Permanently Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

H.R. 2983 – Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017

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More on Environment

November 7, 2019 Press Release

New York Members Send Bipartisan Letter to Governor Urging Swift Action

Brindisi & Stefanik: We believe all necessary steps must be taken to determine if federal assistance may be available to aid in the recovery process

Following the devastating floods in New York, Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called on Governor Cuomo to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make sure the affected communities have access to the resources they need.

August 19, 2019 Press Release

Waddington, N.Y. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spoke at the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament over the weekend in Waddington on the St. Lawrence River for her 1,000th Constituent District event since taking office in January 2015. This tally does not include meetings with constituents in Washington, D.C. The 5th annual Bassmaster Elite Series was a weekend long event, and Congresswoman Stefanik attended and spoke on Military and First Responder Appreciation Day. She spoke about the importance of the St. Lawrence river to the North Country economy and recognized St.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik met with International Joint Commission Chairwoman Jane Corwin and Commissioner Lance Yohe in D.C. today regarding Plan 2014 and the continued water level issues facing Jefferson and St. Lawrence County. She has consistently been in contact with the Commissioners regarding the implementation of Plan 2014.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Ticks: Identify, Control, Knockout (TICK) Act, a bicameral and bipartisan bill to establish an office of oversight and coordination for tick-borne diseases. This office will be focused on prevention and treatment, expanding research, improving testing, increasing public awareness, and affordability of treatment.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the bipartisan Protecting Local Communities from Harmful Algal Blooms Act. These blooms are a growing problem in every U.S. coastal state and are becoming increasingly prevalent in the Great Lakes, and have been reported in Franklin County, Washington County, and Saratoga County. This legislation amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include algal blooms in the definition of a major disaster.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act. This strong, bipartisan legislation permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congresswoman Stefanik has been a consistent advocate for since her first term in Congress.

February 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Stefanik announced Lake Champlain Basin Program grants awarded to projects in our region to ensure the future of the Lake Champlain watershed remains intact. Congresswoman Stefanik was the lead Republican who worked to secure support for this funding in the House Appropriations process. She was able to nearly double the amount secured. 

The organizations and communities in New York that received funding are as follows: