On Wednesday, March 10, Michael Regan, innovative leader of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and climate change advocate, was confirmed as the first black man to lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to continue our longstanding partnership with the EPA under the direction of Administrator Regan, specifically on the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) and the National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant.
The appointment of Administrator Regan is a strong step toward advancing the crucial needs facing our coastal communities, such as, combatting the climate crisis and strengthening marginalized communities who are increasingly vulnerable to intensified storms, air and water pollution, flooding, and aging infrastructure.
“Regan has proven his ability to lead on the environment as head of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality where he was a champion for clean water and environmental justice,” Says Todd Miller, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Chair of the Board of Restore America’s Estuaries.
“We are encouraged by this appointment and the Biden/Harris Administration’s goal to build a stronger bridge between communities of color and the agency tasked with overseeing their protection and prosperity on clean water and clean air for everyone,” said Daniel Hayden, President and CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries.
We look forward to working with the new Administrator and his staff to continue protecting and restoring our nation’s estuaries and coasts and all the environmental and economic benefits they provide.