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CA- CA Sen. Alex Padilla announces legislation to protect coastal communities

California Sen. Alex Padilla announced legislation Tuesday to protect coastal communities from rising sea levels and stronger storms as a result of climate change.

The Living Shorelines Act of 2021 aims to create two federal grant programs through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One program will focus on assisting states, localities and nongovernmental organizations in constructing shorelines, and another program will provide grants for researching shoreline development to help protect coastal cities from climate change.

“The Living Shorelines Act will help us protect our coastal communities from the effects of climate change,” said New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in a press release from Padilla’s office. “Strengthening living shorelines will also improve the local environment by supporting water quality and habitats for local wildlife and fish as well as provide enhanced opportunities for recreation.”

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal will join Padilla in the introduction of the bill to the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks, while Pallone has led the bill’s introduction in the House of Representatives.

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