Package of Coastal Bills, including Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, Passes the House >>

December 17th, 2019

Package of Coastal Bills, including Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, Passes the House

On December 12, the House passed a package of bills relating to coastal issues. The bills were all bundled in a package under H.R. 729, the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act. The bundled legislation was titled the “Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act.” The following individual bills were included in the package:

  • H.R. 729, Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act,
  • H.R. 3115, Living Shorelines Act of 2019,
  • H.R. 3596, Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act,
  • H.R. 2185, District of Columbia Flood Prevention Act of 2019
  • H.R. 3541, Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act of 2019,
  • H.R. 1747, National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act,
  • H.R. 1023, Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2019,
  • H.R. 2189, Digital Coast Act,
  • H.R. 1314, Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2019, and
  • H.R. 2405, National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2019

H.R. 729, Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act, allows coastal tribes to apply for grants through the Department of Commerce to undertake measures to protect vulnerable traditional or historic area and to prepare and implement special area management plans for coastal areas. The bill was introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and has 14 bi-partisan co-sponsors.

Also of interest, H.R. 3115 directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to award grants to state or local governments, Indian tribes, or nonprofit organizations to implement climate-resilient living shoreline projects. H.R. 1747 creates a National Fish Habitat Board to facilitate the creation of public/private partnerships to promote fish habitat conservation.

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