February 23, 2024
San Elijo Lagoon. Courtesy San Diego County Parks and Recreation

Rep. Mike Levin has joined colleagues in Florida, Oregon and Virginia in a bipartisan effort to extend federal protections for coastal and estuary habitats just like the San Elijo Lagoon in North County.

The Resilient Coasts and Estuaries Act launched Monday would revitalize the prevailing Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and require the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to designate 5 new Nationwide Estuarine Analysis Reserves over the subsequent 5 years.

The invoice would fund the conservation efforts at $60 million yearly and increase this system to help work by nongovernmental organizations. Earlier funding ran out a number of years in the past and was not reauthorized.

Levin was joined by fellow Democrat Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican colleagues Brian Mast of Florida and Jen Kiggans of Virginia.

“Our cherished lagoons and estuaries are vitally essential to the steadiness of our surroundings and economic system. It’s essential that we assist our coastal communities protect these pure assets and higher put together for the impacts of local weather change,” stated Levin, a former environmental lawyer who represents north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

“I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan Resilient Coasts and Estuaries Act to reauthorize a profitable program that may permit us to higher meet right now’s environmental wants and safeguard coastal environments for future generations,” he stated.

The laws is endorsed by the Coastal States Group, Nationwide Estuarine Analysis Reserve Affiliation, Oceana, Nationwide Audubon Society, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Nationwide Wildlife Federation, Geese Limitless, Congressional Sportsmen’s Basis, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, American Sportfishing Affiliation, Bonefish & Tarpon Belief, and Restore America’s Estuaries. 

“We applaud Rep. Levin for re-introducing the Resilient Coasts and Estuaries Act, a key invoice to assist defend our priceless coastal estuaries,” stated Natalie Shapiro, government director of the Buena Vista Audubon Society in Oceanside.  “As local weather change and growth continues to degrade the functioning of those coastal treasures, it’s much more imminent to have interaction of their safety and restoration.”

“As well as, as a non-profit actively restoring coastal wetlands in North County San Diego, we expertise first-hand the necessity for funding this essential work and are thrilled that the act consists of increasing the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program to incorporate offering grants to non-profit organizations,” she stated.