Sending Office: Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr.
Cosponsors: Huffman, Wasserman Schultz, Bonamici, Rochester
Organizations supporting H.R. 4525 include: Restore America’s Estuaries, The Nature Conservancy, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Littoral Society
I write to invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act, legislation to support the development of resilient and sustainable coastal barriers.
The Living Shorelines Act would encourage the development of projects that incorporate natural and organic materials, like wetland plants and oyster reefs to protect coastal communities and combat erosion. Numerous studies have shown that living shoreline
projects can be a better way of addressing erosion than traditional shoreline hardening techniques like bulkheads. They also help to improve water quality and ensure continued opportunities for recreation (fishing, boating, wildlife watching) that coastal
communities value. Furthermore, these projects are adaptable and self-maintaining, and become even stronger and more resilient over time.
Under my legislation, a 5-year grant program would be authorized at NOAA to support the efforts of states, localities, and non-governmental organizations to create living shorelines projects. Federal funds, totaling up to $20 million per year, would be matched
by applicants, and the bill would require data collection and monitoring of approved projects. The bill would give priority consideration to projects in areas where a federal disaster declaration has been made in the past 10 years. You can read my recent op-ed announcing
the bill here. A section by section is also enclosed.
If you have any questions or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Mike Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) in my office.
Frank Pallone, Jr.
Member of Congress
H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act of 2017
Lead Sponsor: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)
Section by Section
Section 1: Short Title
- The Act is called “The Living Shorelines Act of 2017.”
Section 2: Living Shorelines Grant Program
- The NOAA Administrator shall make grants to carry out living shorelines projects which protect coastal communities.
- Project Selection
- Applicants for these grants must submit project applications to the Administrator, which include monitoring and data collection.
- The Administrator will select applications after consulting with relevant NOAA offices, taking into account the proposed project’s ability to protect coastal communities and maintaining the viability of the environment
- Priority will be given to proposed projects that are to be constructed in areas where a natural disaster has occurred in the previous 10-year period.
- Minimum Level of Protection
- In order for proposed projects to be selected, they must be focused on protecting coastal communities, and be able to demonstrate and quantify a minimal level of protection.
- The Administrator will develop minimum protection standards in consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers, and relevant NOAA offices. The Administration will have the option of consulting with relevant interagency councils as well.
- Use of Funds
- Grants awarded may only be used to carry out the construction of living shorelines projects and to monitor and collect data on the success and deficiencies of those projects.
- Recipients of grants will provide not less than 50% of funds towards the total cost of each living shorelines project.
- Monitoring and Reporting
- Recipients of grants will monitor, collect, and transmit data on each living shorelines project to the Administrator.
- NOAA will make this data available on its website.
- NOAA will publish a report by December 31, 2022 on the effectiveness of the program.
- The Administrator will issue standards on the collection of data with 90 days of this Act’s enactment, in consultation with relevant NOAA agencies.
- Defines “Administrator”
- Defines “Eligible entity”
- Defines “Living Shoreline Project”
- Defines “State”
- Authorization of Appropriations
- Authorizes $20,000,000 each year through fiscal year 2023.
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