WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Representatives Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-Del.) and Garret Graves (R-La.) will provide critical tools to help protect people and wildlife alike from climate-fueled floods and disasters. The Shoreline Health Oversight, Restoration, Resilience, and Enhancement Act also facilitates the construction of essential projects like the Brandon Road Dam, which will help block invasive carp from advancing from the Illinois and Des Plaines Rivers through the Chicago Area Waterway System and into Lake Michigan.
The bill also clarifies the federal commitments for long overdue restoration projects benefitting the ecosystem and vulnerable communities that incurred the devastating impacts from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet during Hurricane Katrina.
“Coastal and riverine communities — and especially historic communities of color — face immense and intensifying challenges as the climate changes. We need a new playbook that prioritizes the long-term resilience of communities and natural systems, like wetlands and floodplains, that can protect them,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Thank you to the bill’s sponsors for proposing better tools and more sustainable strategies for the Corps to address the changing climate and its direct impacts on communities — including using natural solutions to adapt to increased flooding, erosion, and storms.”
Among other things, the Shoreline Health Oversight, Restoration, Resilience, and Enhancement Act would:
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