Congressman Harley Rouda Introduces Coastal Communities Adaptation Act | Representative Harley Rouda

Congressman Harley Rouda Introduces Coastal Communities Adaptation Act

February 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Harley Rouda introduced H.R. 1317: The Coastal Communities Adaptation Act, a bill to jumpstart research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) into improved buildings and structures that account for extreme weather. The bill will also provide grant funding for coastal communities that need to adapt to a changing climate.

“We need to address the reality of climate change if we want to keep the same quality of life when oceans rise,” Said Rouda. “Climate change has already arrived in my district. With the Trump administration unwilling to face down this urgent danger, it is up to Congress to act, and Orange County cannot wait for action any longer.”

CA-48 includes 3,427 miles of tidal shoreline. The property at risk from rising seas in CA-48’s collective worth is over $4 billion and over 9,000 residents would be impacted.

The bill has 11 original cosponsors: Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-AT), Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32), Nanette Barragán (D-CA-44), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07), Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), Scott Peters (D-CA-52), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24), John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), and Grace Meng (D-NY-06).