House Panel Approves Major Investment in Water, Nature
Legislation 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 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2020:
“This bipartisan legislation puts the power of nature-based solutions front and center, ensuring projects produce multiple benefits while targeting resources to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
“Natural features such as reefs that break waves and wetlands that absorb floodwaters and buffer shorelines are strong, cost-effective investments that lessen the impacts from storms and flooding. Projects that restore these features will not only help improve the health of ecosystems but enhance the resilience of communities, create jobs and boost local economies.
“We commend the committee for continuing its tradition of producing bipartisan water resources legislation every two years. We look forward to working with the committee to combine its legislation with similar legislation from the Senate.”
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 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, 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.