Target: United States Congress
Goal: Continue to fund restoration and preservation of estuary habitats
In 2000, Congress passed into law the Estuary Restoration Act (ERA), which coordinated a number of federal and public agencies to work on the restoration and preservation of estuary habitats. The act has since allowed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to fund research projects in coastal areas around the United States and create a comprehensive database of restoration projects. Alongside the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of the Interior, NOAA has spent the last 12 years helping to protect and reestablish these delicate ecosystems.
Estuaries are areas where saltwater from the ocean mixes with freshwater from streams and rivers, supporting a wide variety of life. While they are protected in large part by surrounding patches of land, these areas are made vulnerable by both natural disturbances such as wind, ice, and strong tidal occurrences, and man-made disturbances such as pollution and damming. For those ecosystems that have been damaged by these environmental and anthropogenic factors, preservation is not enough. Through the help of the Estuary Restoration Act, the NOAA and other organizations are working to rebuild and restore estuaries throughout the country.
Funding for the Act officially ceases at the close of the 2012 fiscal year. However, there is still work to be done. Ask Congress to extend funding for this law into 2015, and help protect and restore these important natural landscapes.
To the United States Congress,
When you passed the Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) back in 2000, you made estuary habitat renewal a national priority. In doing so, the NOAA and other organizations have been able to fund research and restoration initiatives, and have helped many of these ecosystems thrive. However, when ERA funding runs out at the end of 2012, we will be taking a step backwards in protecting estuaries along our coastlines.
You have done great work in the last decade to protect and restore these delicate habitats, and for that, we thank you. However, there is still work to be done. We ask that you please extend funding for the Estuary Restoration Act until the end of the 2015 fiscal year, and ensure that the NOAA and other such organizations have the help they need to preserve these beautiful landscapes.
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