Thank you for your interest in the 2012-2014 Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency - New England (EPA). PPAs, the cornerstone of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System, are typically entered into by states and EPA to help:
- Direct limited resources to the most significant environmental priorities;
- Provide the state and its partners flexibility for achieving environmental results;
- Improve environmental performance and strengthen relationships;
- Improve government accountability for performance; and
- Enhance public understanding of environmental conditions and trends.
This Agreement sets forth the goals, objectives, activities, deliverables, and measures of progress for the state and federal environmental programs under the Department's jurisdiction. In total, the Agreement describes how the available financial, human, and technical resources will be utilized at DES and at EPA to address the most significant environmental and public health issues of concern to New Hampshire and its citizens.
The Department welcomes your comments or questions regarding the 2012-2014 Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA) .
Implementing Performance Partnerships
One of the main ways EPA and states implement performance partnerships is by negotiating Performance Partnership Agreements (PPAs). These agreements set out jointly-developed priorities and protection strategies and how EPA and the state will work together to address priority needs. States can choose to combine federal environmental program grant funds in Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs), which allow states to direct resources where they are needed most or try innovative solutions to environmental problems.
The National Environmental Performance Partnership System web site contains basic information about performance partnerships, related policies and guidance, and tools and resources useful in developing performance partnerships.
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