Sending Office: Honorable Seth Moulton
Cosponsor H.R. 6288 – Creating Opportunity and Sustainability Through Science (COASTS) Act
Over forty percent of the American population lives near the coast, and according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that number is expected to increase by an additional 10 million people, or eight percent, by 2020. Despite
the growing number of Americans residing in our coastal communities, these areas are facing unprecedented threats from sea-level rise, coastal ecosystem degradation, and extreme weather events.
Almost annually, the federal government comes in after disasters and spends billions on recovery efforts, and 2017 was no exception: in many coastal areas, communities are still fighting to recover from Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria. What if we didn’t
have to rebuild every time there was a disaster? It’s possible. At a fraction of current disaster costs, we could invest in projects that strengthen the resiliency of our coastal communities and ecosystems before disasters strike – helping avoid the loss of
life and property and preventing having to come in on the back-end and spending twice as much to rebuild.
That is why we introduced the bipartisan Creating Opportunity and Sustainability Through Science (COASTS) Act, which will help ensure that our coastal communities are more resilient and sustainable in the face of coastal degradation. Investing in
coastal resilience can save taxpayer dollars and prevent structural damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure that is vital to our nation’s maritime economy.
Specifically, our legislation:
- Directs the Secretary of Commerce, through NOAA, to develop and carry out an competitive grant program focused on interdisciplinary coastal resilience and sustainability.
- Requires that the grant program prioritize scalable, best practices that can be replicated in coastal cities and towns throughout the country.
- Codifies an advisory panel comprised of marine scientists, researchers, and representatives of coastal communities to coordinate federal ocean research and coastal resiliency efforts.
We hope you will join us in our effort to better equip our nation’s coastal communities with the tools, data, and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. For more information or to co-sponsor this legislation, please
contact Eric Kanter (Moulton) at Eric.Kanter@mail.house.gov or Dustin Davidson (Graves) at
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