Sending Office: Honorable Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
Sent By:
Sophia.Khan@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending the attached letter to the House Appropriations Committee to support NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant program in the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Regional Coastal Resilience Grants help prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards, which in turn makes our nation safer and our economy more secure. The competitive grant programs focuses
on regional-scale projects that help coastal communities improve their resilience to adverse events. It helps ensure our states and communities are prepared to face changing ocean conditions, from acidification to sea level rise, changing economic
conditions, from recession to emerging ocean uses, as well as major catastrophes, from tsunamis to marine debris clogging waterways.

Regional approaches are an effective and efficient way to address the full range of changing ocean and coastal conditions and risks. In recognition of this, governors from every coastal state (except Alaska, since it acts as a single-state region) have voluntarily
joined together to establish Regional Ocean Partnerships that connect state and federal agencies, tribes, local governments, and stakeholders. These partnerships produce on-the-ground results that benefit both the econ­omy and the environment and create resilience.
Regional Coastal Resilience Grants provide much needed support for these Regional Ocean Partnerships. However, much work still needs to be completed, and resource needs greatly outpace the funding that has historically been available, as demonstrated by the
more than $135 million in project proposals NOAA received for just $15 million in available funding over the past three years.

Please join us in ensuring that these critical resilience efforts receive the funding they need to protect the health and safety of our ocean and coastal communities and resources. To sign on to the letter, please fill out the

google form
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If you need additional information, please contact Sophia Khan in Don Beyer’s office at 5-4376 or
sophia.khan@mail.house.gov, or Danielle Fulfs in Congresswoman Jayapal’s office at 5-3106 or
danielle.fulfs@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Don Beyer                                           Pramila Jayapal

Member of Congress                           Member of Congress