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    Lance Kittel

    ICYMI: Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $562 million in funding to support the Climate-Ready Coasts initiative, one of the major initiatives under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. The funding includes:

    $477 million for high-impact projects that create climate solutions by strengthening coastal communities’ ability to respond to extreme weather events, pollution and marine debris; restoring coastal habitats to help wildlife and humans thrive; storing carbon; building the capacity of underserved communities to address climate hazards and supporting community-driven restoration; and creating jobs in local communities.

    $46 million in additional funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Coastal Resilience Fund for projects that will help communities prepare for increasing coastal flooding, sea-level rise and more intense storms, while improving thousands of acres of coastal habitats.

    $39.1 million in non-competitive funding to the 34 state and territorial coastal management programs and 30 national estuarine research reserves that work in partnership with NOAA under the Coastal Zone Management Act. Funding for these programs provides essential planning, policy development and implementation, research, education, and collaborative engagement with communities around the nation to protect coastal and estuarine ecosystems important for the resilience of coastal economies and the health of coastal environments.

    This funding is an historic opportunity for NOAA and the Biden-Harris Administration to prepare communities for climate change and increase coastal resilience in the face of worsening climate impacts. This initiative will invest in natural infrastructure projects that build coastal resilience, create jobs, store carbon, and restore habitat.

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    Kate Ashley

    I will be in Clearwater, FL during the week of World Ocean Day! Looking forward to some blue mind.

    Mel Jung

    That’s awesome Kate! We are going to do our Summer ION Celebration on the evening of World Oceans Day! I hope you can make it!

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