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ASLA Helps Living Shorelines Bill Pass House

On Tuesday, December 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ASLA-supported H.R. 3115, the Living Shorelines Act with a bipartisan vote of 262-151. This critical legislation was included as part of H.R. 729, the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act, a ten-bill resiliency and adaptation package. ASLA Government Affairs worked with Congress to author the Living Shorelines Act and get it introduced in both the House and Senate this and the previous Congress. Thanks to the dedicated advocacy efforts of ASLA members, this legislation is now one step closer to becoming law.

The Living Shorelines Act, sponsored by Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) and Senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Chris Murphy (CT), promotes the use of green or natural infrastructure to help protect coastal communities from increased storm intensity and frequency, rising sea levels, and other ill-effects of climate change. Specifically, this legislation creates the Living Shorelines Grant Program to assist localities, states, and non-governmental organizations with developing, implementing, and monitoring green and nature-based infrastructure that mitigates erosion along our shorelines.

Landscape architects know first-hand, green infrastructure is a less costly, sustainable, and more resilient alternative to gray infrastructure, especially along our coasts and shores. ASLA Government Affairs will continue to work with advocates, Senate sponsors, and partner organizations to pass this legislation through the Senate and into law.

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