Washington, DC — Investing in America’s coastal resources is essential to safeguard communities and wildlife habitat against more extreme storms, floods and rising sea levels. The National Wildlife Federation heralded the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), which will provide resources and tools to invest in coastal restoration efforts across the country.
“As climate change fuels stronger storms, floods and rising sea levels that batter our communities, Congressional leadership is crucial to chart a path to more resilient shorelines. To help communities and wildlife adapt and thrive in the face of climate impacts, the National Wildlife Federation supports the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act,” said Jessie Ritter, director of water resources and coastal policy for the National Wildlife Federation. “This legislation smartly enhances resilience on multiple fronts, equipping communities with information, planning assistance, and implementation resources to shore up resilience, including through investment in natural solutions.”
A few highlights of the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act include:
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