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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2017

Contact: Leigh Habegger, (703) 524-0248 or lhabegger@estuaries.org

Pallone introduces bill to create Living Shorelines grant program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) introduced the Living Shorelines Act, which creates a grant program to assist states, localities, and other organizations in constructing and monitoring living shorelines projects along their coastlines. Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) commends Congressman Pallone for his continued leadership on coastal restoration and especially living shorelines.

Living shorelines serve as a cost-efficient and extremely effective alternative to hardening our nation’s shorelines with bulkheads and sea walls. Instead of using inorganic materials like concrete, living shorelines incorporate natural materials like marsh plants, oysters, and dredged material to help restore damaged or destroyed coastal habitats. Living shorelines can better protect coastal communities in the face of extreme weather events and nuisance flooding alike. They also help prevent erosion and can improve water quality, providing numerous benefits to coastal communities.

Congressman Pallone has an impressive record of advocating for coastal restoration, especially after his district experience catastrophic losses after Hurricane Sandy. “Congressman Pallone has long been a champion for coastal restoration and we are thrilled to again see leadership to advocate on behalf of coastal communities for effective coastal restoration,” President and CEO, Jeff Benoit said. “We are pleased to support this bill and look forward to working with the Congressman and his staff on this legislation.”

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Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1995. RAE leads a national alliance of ten coastal conservation organizations across the country dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation. www.estuaries.org.