Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) urged President Joe Biden to bump funding for coastal resilience projects using natural materials Friday.
“We urge you to support increased funding for living shorelines in budget documents and as you work with Congress to craft legislation to enact the American Jobs Plan,” Pallone and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said in a letter to Biden. “Federal funding is needed to help communities along the ocean and Great Lakes invest in coastal resiliency projects to protect against increased flooding, erosion, and stronger storms.”
The projects use naturally occurring systems like dunes and wetlands to protect against flooding. In addition to being cheaper than concrete anti-flooding systems, the lawmakers said, natural resiliency systems also improve water quality and remove carbon from the atmosphere.
Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan calls for investment in nature-based coastal resiliency methods.
“We commend your administration’s acknowledgment in the American Jobs Plan that rebuilding America’s infrastructure is an opportunity to meet and respond to the climate crises while creating jobs,” the lawmakers said. “Shovel-ready living shoreline projects are one of the most economic ways to achieve these objectives”