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2018-02-07 / Local News

Collins, Higgins request funding for Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency study

Rep. Chris Collins and 17 colleagues sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army R.D. James requesting sufficient funding for the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed this study to coordinate a strategy across the Great Lakes states to efficiently and effectively manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline.

The Great Lakes coastline drives a yearly $14 billion tourism and recreation economy. High water levels, recent storms, and severe weather occurrences have had devastating impacts on shorelines erosion and coastal communities. The GLCRS would allow communities to become better equipped with information on how they can protect their shorelines during storms.

“This study would be the first of its kind, making it immensely helpful to shoreline businesses and homeowners who can so quickly experience devastating financial losses during severe weather,” said Collins. “After a year of unprecedented floods along Lake Ontario, the shoreline economy was hit hard and individuals are struggling to pay for damage to their property. As we work to replace the commissioners on the International Joint Commission that implemented the failed Plan 2014 responsible for getting us into this mess, we are doing everything we can to prevent future devastation.”

“The relationship between the Lakes and regions along the water’s edge are symbiotic, with the health and activity in the water having a direct impact on the economic and environmental health of waterfront regions,” added Rep. Brian Higgins. “This study will be an important tool to allow for better planning for Great Lakes communities.”

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