While the near-daily DC dramas may provide entertainment to some and fund-raising fodder for others, we should not be distracted by these diversions into forgetting what Washington is really about: Running the federal government, funding its operations and moving forward on the priorities of the people who put them into office.
In the case of their coastal constituents, voters are looking to Washington to support shore protection projects, use sound science to produce prudent policy and strengthen the economic engine that is our coastline.
Recently, coastal leaders with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association met with Congressional staffers and officials both on the Hill and back in the home districts to spotlight the ASBPA’s federal agenda for the coast. The “asks” are simple, but crucial to coastal protection and promotion:
To reinforce these requests, consider the following points… just some of the benefits of healthy investment in a healthy coast:
All this means that Congressional action to protect our coasts is essential to the economy and ecology, to protect upland structures and natural habitat. It’s a smart investment that pays plenty of dividends, it’s an issue that should easily win bipartisan support, and it’s something that impacts tens of millions of people.
We hope our elected federal officials will put aside their distractions and take significant and timely coastal action. It’s the right, and smart, thing to do.
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