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USA - Transportation Bill Enabling Investments in Nature Clears House Panel

On June 18th the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved new transportation infrastructure legislation. The Invest in America Act, H.R. 2, calls for new infrastructure with greater resilience to the impacts of climate change as well as investments to conserve America’s lands, waters and wildlife.

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved new transportation infrastructure legislation. The Invest in America Act, H.R. 2, calls for new infrastructure with greater resilience to the impacts of climate change as well as investments to conserve America’s lands, waters and wildlife.  

Among other things Section 1202 of the Act establishes a predisaster mitigation program “to enhance the resilience of the transportation system of the United States, mitigate the impacts of covered events, and ensure the efficient use of Federal resources, and requires projects in floodplains to consider “hydrologic and hydraulic data and methods that integrate current and projected changes in flooding based on climate science and future land use changes ove the anticipated service life of the surface transportation infrastructure asset.  It also charges the transportation planning process toassess strategies to reduce the climate change impacts of the surface transportation system and conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of the surface transportation system and ensure the efficient use of Federal resources."

Sarah Murdock, director of U.S. resilience and water policy at The Nature Conservancy, issued the following statement  

"The Invest in America Act is a win for the country’s infrastructure and natural world. In the face of a changing climate, this bill strives to ensure the roads, bridges and other investments the country pays for will be here in the future. Its emphasis on building new infrastructure more resilient to increased flooding and other climate threats and integrating natural infrastructure in projects will help protect communities, ecosystems and taxpayer dollars. Its investments in reducing carbon emissions, particularly electric vehicle and other alternative fuel infrastructure, will help address the transportation sector’s share of the climate challenge.

In the face of a changing climate, this bill strives to ensure the roads, bridges and other investments the country pays for will be here in the future.

“These investments will result in significant job creation and economic development. Given the country’s growing economic crisis, these investments are needed more than ever. We urge the full House to swiftly pass this bill and reach agreement with the Senate on legislation that can be signed into law to enable project work throughout the United States to proceed as soon as possible."

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Link to TEXT of H.R. 2