Congress supports funding for critical coastal and ocean conservation programs

March 22, 2018
Restore America’s Estuaries
Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeff Benoit
703-524-0248 |

Congress unveiled its $1.3 trillion spending bill late Wednesday that resists deep cuts to critical environmental programs. Many programs focused on coastal habitat restoration and conservation within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) saw strong support in the FY18 Omnibus.

“We applaud the Appropriations Committee Members and their staffs in developing a bill that protects our environment, our citizens, nature-based economies, and our natural resources,” said Jeff Benoit, President and CEO of RAE. “Providing critical funds needed to fully execute coastal programs will not only protect the health and safety of our citizens, but will ensure our coastal communities and habitats remain resilient in the face of extreme weather.

“As our climate and oceans continue to change, it is imperative that Congress provides ample funding to safeguard our coastal communities, local economies, and natural resources. We were pleased to see modest increases for many habitat restoration programs throughout federal agencies and we encourage Appropriators to continue investing in restoration programs in the FY19 appropriations bills. Continued investment is the key to ensuring restoration work provides its full range of benefits to our communities, their local economies, and ecosystems.”

We thank the leadership in the House and Senate for removing poison pill policy riders that have no place in the appropriations process. Controversial legislation that rolls back environmental protections should be debated in a transparent process, not tucked away in a must-pass bill. We look forward to the FY18 Omnibus passing both chambers of Congress and being signed into law.

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national 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.