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MANAGING WATER The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam in Georgia. © Erika Nortemann/TNC

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House Clears Bipartisan Investment in Water, Nature

Chamber’s proposal focuses on resilience, nature-based solutions.

The following is a statement by Jimmy Hague, senior water policy advisor at The Nature Conservancy, after the U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (H.R. 7575):

“Meeting the challenges facing our infrastructure, economy and communities will require strong investment and innovative approaches, and nature must be part of the solution. Restoring natural features like wetlands that absorb storm surges are cost-effective defenses from flooding and other threats while also improving the health of those ecosystems. The House’s Water Resources Development Act will leverage the power of nature for our infrastructure needs, helping protect communities, create jobs and set our waterways on a resilient path forward.

“This bill’s focus on nature-based solutions and on directing resources toward disadvantaged and vulnerable communities recognizes the realities of the United States’ complex infrastructure needs. We commend the House for working together in a bipartisan manner to quickly move this bill forward and urge the House and the Senate to reconcile their strong, respective proposals so we can quickly start this much-needed investment in infrastructure, nature and people.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.