Aerial view of Virginia Coast Reserve
Virginia Coast Reserve Town of Wachapreague, VA as seen during an aerial survey flight. © Peter Frank Edwards for The Nature Conservancy

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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. 

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.

Senior Water Policy Advisor

“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.”

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