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ASLA-Backed Living Shorelines Act Clears Hurdle in Congress

The Association Sent Thousands of Messages to Lawmakers

The Living Shorelines Act would promote the use of green or natural infrastructure to help protect coastal communities from the rising threats of climate change, including increased storm intensity and frequency, severe flooding, and sea-level rise.

The Living Shorelines Act, which ASLA is working diligently to shape and help move through Congress, cleared a major hurdle in the road toward final passage.

The bill passed a full committee markup in the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources with a bipartisan vote of 22-13.

"The Living Shorelines Act is a critical piece of legislation addressing the damaging effects of the ongoing climate crisis. It will give coastal communities the vital tools and resources to adapt to sea-level rise and more frequent, severe storms through nature-based solutions," said Roxanne Blackwell, Esq., Hon. ASLA, director of federal affairs at the American Society of Landscape Architects.
"ASLA would like to thank House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (AZ.) and Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Chairman Jared Huffman (Calif.) for their leadership in getting us to this point. We also thank Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., who has introduced this legislation and worked to move it through the legislative process.  ASLA will continue working with Congress to ensure this vital bill becomes law."
Earlier this week, Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, called on leaders to "adopt national policies that incentivize investment in nature-based solutions to help communities adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis."

The Living Shorelines Act is exactly the kind of bipartisan legislation needed to begin addressing these issues - assisting localities, states, and nongovernmental organizations with developing, and implementing green and nature-based infrastructure along our shorelines, ASLA said.

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