Representative Malinowski Votes to Strengthen Coastal Resiliency
(Washington, DC) Today the House passed the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act, a bipartisan package of ten bills that protect vulnerable coastal communities harmed by the climate crisis. With more than 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey is particularly susceptible to intense climate impacts, including severe weather events, sea level rise, chronic flooding, and coastal erosion.
Included in the package is H.R. 3115, the Living Shorelines Act of 2019, which was introduced as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The bill will create a $50M federal grant program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will help states, localities and non-profit groups to use organic and natural materials like plants, dunes, wetlands and oyster reefs (e.g. natural infrastructure) to better protect coastal communities while benefiting the environment. Congressman Malinowski is a co-sponsor of this legislation.
“New Jersey’s coastline a beautiful attraction for our state and is a vital resource to our economy. As climate change causes more extreme weather, it’s more important than ever that we plan ahead to protect our coastal communities,” said Congressman Malinowski.