Help launch federal investment in Hudson River restoration

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Congressmember Paul Tonko, Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced the New York - New Jersey Watershed Protection Act, H.R. 4677/S.3484, a bill to authorize up to $50 million in federal funds annually through 2026 to protect and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, its headwaters, and the communities that depend on healthy waterways. Importantly, this bill has 26 bipartisan cosponsors in the house and is supported in the Senate by New York and New Jersey’s Senators.

After Ida left unprecedented damage and produced record rainfall in New York, we know we must accelerate efforts to help communities and ecosystems manage increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. This is a chance to invest like never before in the protection of wildlife, drinking water supplies, community access to waterfronts, and flood management. This bill needs to pass this year. The Hudson River is cherished for its history, beauty, wildlife and habitat, home to so many people and such a diversity of species, including our iconic, endangered sturgeon. Even so, the Hudson-Raritan watersheds lack a coordinated, multimillion-dollar federal estuary grant program on par with those that support Long Island Sound, the Great Lakes,and Chesapeake Bay.

Please take action now and urge your member of Congress to support the passage of the NY-NJ Watershed Protection Act in this session of Congress. Your voice is essential in achieving a meaningful and vital investment for future generations.

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