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Nov 23, 2013

Once again oceans are being put at risk by anti-government dogma. Rep. Bill Flores of Waco, Texas (a non-coastal district) has attached a rider to the Water Resources Development Act that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps Engineers from coordinating with coastal states on any ocean project. 

Superstorm Sandy demonstrated the challenges coastal states face in dealing with large storms, degraded coastal infrastructure and the ever-expanding development along our coastline. The increasing number and severity of storms will only make these challenges larger and more difficult to address. We need regional ocean planning and we need all federal agencies -- including the US Army Corps of Engineers – to be fully involved partners in regional ocean planning efforts. 

To translate President Obama's National Ocean Policy and the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people, Congress must pass the Water Resources Development Act without the Flores rider. Effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy is critical to enhancing our national security, supporting our coastal economies and the millions of American jobs that depend on them, while improving the health of our ocean resources and supporting local choices. 

Please join us in calling on Congress to reject the Flores rider and support the full implementation of the National Ocean Policy.

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Posted: Saturday November 23, 2013, 7:58 pm
Tags: water ocean pollution storms congress coasts jobs dogma obama Superstorm [add/edit tags]

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Heather Rodman (6)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 8:14 am
The Flores rider makes absolutely no sense. Just as no man is an island, no one section of a coastline is independent of the whole. Common sense dictates that collaboration, between multiple agencies and interested parties, is the most intelligent approach to the problems facing the coastal states. Reject the rider!

Patricia Raven (442)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 1:50 pm
All oceans are dependent on other oceans and rivers we have to protect them all or we are able to save none

GREGORY ROBERTS (12)
Friday January 3, 2014, 6:22 am
MOST OF THE BILLS THAT ARE PROPOSED ARE GREAT, BUT THEN SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE ADDING THINGS TO THEM TO MAKE THEM WORSE.
IF THE MEMBERS THINK THEY CAN DO A BETTER JOB THEN WHY ARE THEY NOT WRITING THEIR OWN BILLS. QUIT SCREWING UP EVERYTHING. WE ARE LOSING THE FIGHT TO SAVE THIS PLANET ALONG WITH THIS COUNTRY. IF YOU HATE EVERYTHING THEN GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK.

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