Sending Office: Honorable Harley Rouda
Sent By:
Zac.Commins@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline: COB Friday, May 17

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending a letter to the United States Postal Service to urge the issuance and sale of a semipostal stamp to support coastal risk reduction and resilience measures under its discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program.

As communities along the coast prepare for the potentially devastating consequences of climate change, including sea level rise, algal blooms, lake acidification, and worsening natural disasters, it is important that the federal government support efforts
to ensure that these communities can plan, grow, and prosper. To further such support, a “Built to Last” semipostal stamp would fund a prize competition for innovation to advance coastal risk reduction and resilience measures to be administered by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This semipostal stamp also would raise public awareness about these issues facing coastal communities.

If you have any questions or would like to sign this letter, please contact Zac Commins at
Zac.Commins@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Harley Rouda

Member of Congress

 

May XX, 2019

Mr. William J. Gicker, Jr.

Acting Director of Stamp Services

Attn: Semipostal Discretionary Program

United States Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300

Washington, DC 20260–3501

 

Dear Mr. Gicker,

We write to urge the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue and sell a “Built to Last” semipostal stamp to support coastal risk reduction and resilience measures under the USPS discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program.

Coastal communities across the country are preparing for the potentially devastating consequences of climate change. Climate change has already increased the frequency of flooding, caused sea levels to rise by seven inches since 1990, and amplified the intensity
of natural disasters. Higher sea levels mean that storm surges push farther inland, bring more frequent flooding, and cause additional destruction for coastal populations. Additionally, harmful algal blooms and acidification in lakes are endangering public
health, the environment, and local economies across the country.

With growing concentration of greenhouse gases, increasing water temperatures, and sea level rise expected to continue, many vulnerable coastal communities are seeking to take concerted steps to integrate climate change consideration into their planning
efforts to ensure the resiliency of the built and natural environment. The Federal government should be a full partner in supporting these communities’ ability to plan, grow, and prosper.

A “Built to Last” semipostal stamp would advance these efforts by raising funds to be managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These funds would be used to carry out a prize competition for innovation to advance coastal risk reduction
and resilience measures in the following areas:

  • Natural features, including dunes, reefs, and wetlands;
  • Nature-based features, including beach nourishment, dune restoration, wetland and other coastal habitat restoration, and living shoreline construction; and
  • Nonstructural measures, including flood proofing of structures, flood warning systems, and elevated development.

This semipostal stamp also would raise public awareness for climate change risks in coastal communities, an issue of profound national importance.

We respectfully urge USPS to issue a “Built to Last” semipostal stamp as one of its next three discretionary semipostal stamps. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

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