NJ - House Passes Malinowski Bill to Protect and Restore Estuaries
WASHINGTON - A bi-partisan bill co-sponsored by New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski D-7th - the Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act - that would reauthorize and expand the National Estuary Program (NEP), passed the House Wednesday by a vogte of 355-62.
The NEP provides grants to 28 states to improve the water quality and ecological integrity of the nation’s most significant estuaries, including parts of the Raritan, Rahway, Elizabeth, and Hackensack Rivers in New Jersey.
Among its provisions, the legislation:
- Nearly doubles funding for the NEP’s 28 estuaries of national significance, including the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, of which New Jersey's 7th District is a part;
- Ensures that the management plans governing nationally significant estuaries consider the effects of increasing and recurring extreme weather events, and develop and implement appropriate adaptation strategies; and
- Expands eligibility for NEP grants to organizations working to address stormwater runoff, coastal resiliency, and accelerated land loss issues.