Harley Rouda

House passes Coastal Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act

Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass H.R. 729, a bill that would protect vulnerable coastal communities impacted by the climate crisis. The bill passed with two amendments authored by Congressman Rouda.

Said Rouda, “Orange County is ground zero for the climate crisis. Families living on the coast know that rising sea-levels, frequent flooding, coastal erosion, and increasingly severe weather events are a clear and present danger to our lives and livelihoods. This legislation protects and preserves coastlines, helps communities create and enact resiliency measures, and improves ocean monitoring and research. Climate change is here, and we must continue to take bold and swift action to protect coastal communities.”

Amendment 1: Authorizes a prize competition to stimulate innovation to advance coastal risk and resilience measures.

Amendment 2: Requires the development of a catalog of research on applicable coastal risk reduction and resilience measures.
Included in the base bill is H.R. 3596, the Keep Americas Waterfronts Working Act, a bipartisan bill which Rep. Rouda co-led with Reps. Pingree, Wittman, Huffman, Carbajal, and Keating. This provision seeks to preserve the character of coastal communities by protecting jobs, commercial activities, and public access to America’s coast.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.