Senate Passes $50 Billion Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Bill

Printer-friendly version

WASHINGTON-The Senate passed the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill yesterday in a historic step towards addressing climate adaptation. The $50 billion bill includes provisions for flood-reducing projects, repairs at national parks and wildlife refuges, and programs to increase the resiliency of coastal habitat and infrastructure in the face of future storms.

Statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“We’re glad to see that Congress recognizes the important role that the natural environment plays in preventing and reducing damage from weather disasters. Restoring wetlands and wildlife habitat is a safety measure for communities, wildlife and our environment.

“We can now begin the work of rebuilding and restoring communities and natural areas alike. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s clear that it’s time to change the way we respond to severe storms and this new legislation is a great start. Climate change is real and is here. We will continue to see worsening storms, floods, fires and droughts. We have to begin preparing for these climate-driven impacts and ensure that wildlife and intact ecosystems are included in our disaster response measures.”

###

Contact:

Haley McKey, hmckey@defenders.org, (202) 772-0247

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.

You may also be interested in:

Conservation Issue
The status of climate change adaptation planning and on-the ground strategies in the U.S.
Florida Panhandle (Apalachicola National Forest), © Julie Tew
Fact Sheet
The Florida Panhandle is one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. From dense pine forests, seepage streams and major rivers, to coastal marshes and pristine beaches, it is home to a wide array of key and endangered species, including gopher tortoises, sea turtles, manatees, red-cockaded woodpeckers, eastern indigo snakes, migratory birds and numerous species of fresh water mussels.
Carpenter Bee,  © Helena Jacoba/Flickr
In the Magazine
Bee Basics for Your Backyard
Gunnison sage-grouse,  © Joel Sartore
In the Magazine
Today fewer than 5,000 survive in seven scattered populations in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. But things are starting to look up.