Environment

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

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the development and implementation of the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Plan 2014 (Plan 2014):

July 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation that she cosponsored in the House. This legislation is comprised of two bills, the Restore Our Parks Act and the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Growing Climate Solutions Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that is being introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02). This legislation will create a Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Certification Program at USDA to set standards for carbon-sequestration markets.

May 6, 2020 Press Release

Saratoga, NY  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced $300,000 in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment funding. EPA’s Brownfields program empowers states and communities to assess and clean up hazards in local communities. Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct up to 24 Phase I and six Phase II environmental site assessments and develop up to six cleanup plans. Assessment activities will target the city’s Gateway Industrial Corridor, of which the Broad Street portion is designated as a Qualified Opportunity Zone.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stefanik has announced over $2 million in grants will be awarded from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) for Lake Champlain projects and programs once again this year. Each year, the LCBP supports a number of research and implementation projects that help achieve the goals of the Program and its management partners. Results from these studies often inform policy and are extended to education programming and training opportunities by partners across the Lake Champlain Watershed. Funding for these grants originates through the U.S.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Forest Recovery Act, legislation that will support timber farmers who have been affected by catastrophic loss events. The bill will help forest landowners recover from natural disasters by eliminating the basis limitation rule and allowing them to deduct up to the fair market value of their devastated trees. This levels the playing field for timber farmers who have been impacted by events like extreme weather and forest fires.

February 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor today of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019, legislation that reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and helps meet the needs of communities by increasing funding. Over the past decade, the GLRI has assisted Great Lakes communities after decades of environmental damage threatened public health, regional economies, and drinking water. The GLRI has enabled the 8-state region along the Great Lakes to undertake one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem restoration projects.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed onto a letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting critical funding for the Great Lakes region be considered as the USACE develops its work plan for fiscal year 2020. The letter requests that the USACE include funding for projects to keep Asian carp, an invasive fish species, from reaching the Great Lakes, and additional funding for the construction of barriers to prevent their spread.