Posted on April 26, 2023
Today, Vice President Harris announced that the Department of Commerce has recommended $562 million in funding for nearly 150 projects across 30 coastal states and territories to make communities and the economy more resilient to climate change, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda. At an event in Miami, Florida, Vice President Harris will highlight how this announcement reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and ensure that communities are more resilient to extreme weather events.
The awards are made under NOAA’s Climate-Ready Coasts Initiative and are funded by the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and bolstered by the Inflation Reduction Act. The awards include $477 million for 149 nature-based infrastructure projects in 30 coastal states and territories.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is moving aggressively to tackle the climate crisis and help communities that are experiencing increased flooding, storm surge and more frequent extreme weather events,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “These investments will create jobs while protecting people, communities and ecosystems from the threats of climate change, and help our nation take the steps it needs to become more resilient and build a clean energy economy.”
The Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda is focused on growing the American economy from the bottom up and middle out – from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to creating a manufacturing and innovation boom powered by good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, to building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make our communities more climate resilient.
NOAA’s Climate-Ready Coasts initiative advances climate solutions for coastal communities
NOAA announced approximately $562 million in recommended funding to support the Climate-Ready Coasts initiative:
- $477 million for high-impact natural infrastructure projects strengthening coastal communities’ ability to respond to extreme weather events, pollution, and marine debris; restoring coastal habitats to help wildlife and humans thrive; 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 NOAA National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Coastal Resilience Fund partnership 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 zone 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.
Demand for funding focused on preparing for and adapting to climate change is high. In the first year, NOAA’s BIL Climate-Ready Coasts far exceeded the funding available. In response to this high demand, NOAA is leveraging these requests with funding from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, allowing more high-quality projects to be funded and move forward.
“This crucial federal investment will help coastal communities in every corner of the Empire State, from the shores of Lake Ontario to the Hudson River, tackle the climate crisis by cleaning our waterways and bolstering critical infrastructure – all while putting New Yorkers to work and boosting our economy,” said Senate Majority Leader Schumer. “When I led the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to passage as Majority Leader, it was game changing investments in climate ready initiatives like these that I had in mind. From Long Island to Buffalo, I am proud to support communities across New York in leading the fight against climate change and building a cleaner more resilient future for the next generation.”
“Thanks to the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, these grants will ensure that coastal communities across the United States will have the tools and resources to withstand the effects of climate change,” said Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chair Cantwell. “These historic grants will support 149 projects aimed at coastal restoration and resilience projects in 30 coastal states and territories, including in the State of Washington, to restore ecosystems, recover species, and support community-driven conservation projects.”
“In passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, Congress delivered historic investments to our nation’s coastal communities, which sit on the frontlines of climate change,” said House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva. “I applaud the work of NOAA and its partners to equitably fund high-quality, transformative projects that will restore habitat, create jobs, and make our coastlines more resilient to climate change. These are the kinds of bold, ocean-based climate solutions our country needs to boost local economies, while also protecting all Americans from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis.”
“NOAA has a long history of working with community partners to advance our understanding of coastal processes, conserve coastal resources and restore habitat in ways that benefit wildlife, people, and the economy,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “Funding through the President’s Investing in America agenda allows us to super-charge these activities so that communities facing all types of climate impacts can prepare for what’s ahead, create climate-smart jobs and build economic resilience, and ultimately thrive.”
Information on the 149 Climate-Ready Coasts natural infrastructure projects recommended for funding are listed by state and U.S. territory at the links below.