The bill would establish an interagency work group to track and map such ecosystems, which can include mangroves, tidal marshes, sea grasses and kelp forests that help remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in plants.
The bill would improve protections for wildlife and reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Program until 2025.
This bill would provide funding for (1) the conservation or restoration of wildlife and plant species of greatest conservation need; (2) the wildlife conservation strategies of states, Indian tribes, or territories; or (3) wildlife conservation education and recreation projects.
The legislation also states that the Department of the Interior must use a portion of the funding for a grant program. The grants must be used for innovative recovery efforts for species of greatest conservation need, species listed as endangered or threatened species, or the habitats of such species.
The bill would reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and establish the United States Coral Reef Task Force.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the legislation on November 14, 2019.
The bill would extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024. The legislation has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.
The bill would direct the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make grants to State and local governments and nongovernmental organizations for purposes of carrying out climate-resilient living shoreline projects that protect coastal communities by supporting ecosystem functions and habitats with the use of natural materials and systems. The legislation has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.
The bill would improve efforts to combat marine debris, and for other purposes.
The bill was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on November 14, 2019.
The bill would provide for the improvement of domestic infrastructure in order to prevent marine debris, and for other purposes. The legislation was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on September 25, 2019.
The bill would enhance global engagement to combat marine debris, and for other purposes. The legislation was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 25, 2019.
The bill would provide a definition of navigable waters, specifying which waterways are subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act.