Nearly $13M for coastal restoration and resilience projects in Maryland

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have announced $12,901,800 in National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding for restoration and resiliency projects in Maryland.

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The funding – made available through the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – will bolster climate resiliency and reduce the risks and devastating impacts of rising seas, coastal flooding, and intense storms in coastal areas and habitats.

Climate change is an existential threat that affects every community, but coastal communities are particularly vulnerable,” said the lawmakers. “This funding will help Maryland communities implement comprehensive solutions to address issues like flooding and coastal erosion. Across the state, we’re investing in projects to restore and protect our shorelines and habitats and create more sustainable, resilient communities.”

The National Coastal Resilience Fund is a partnership between the NFWF, NOAA, U.S. Department of Defense, Shell USA, TransRe, SalesForce, and Oxy. This program supports on-the-ground projects to engage communities and reduce their vulnerability to growing risks from extreme weather, rising sea levels, flooding, and other coastal hazards by strengthening coastal ecosystems that benefit both people and wildlife.