Tell the Senate: Pass historic investments in Hudson River restoration

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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. Restoring the river to health is an essential goal. 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.

U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer of New York, and Senators Booker and Menendez of New Jersey, have introduced the New York - New Jersey Watershed Protection Act, S.3484, a bill to authorize millions in federal funds annually to protect and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, its headwaters, and the communities that depend on healthy waterways. Importantly, this bill has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now awaits action in the Senate. Once it passes the Senate, it will head to President Biden’s desk for a signature.

We are at a critical point in time. With storms like Ida causing unprecedented damage and record rainfall in New York, and numerous Hudson River fish species in decline, it’s clear we must accelerate efforts to help communities and ecosystems manage increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. Funding is desperately needed to protect wildlife, provide clean, safe drinking water supplies, improve community access to waterfronts, and reduce flooding through nature-based solutions. This is a historic opportunity, and we need to seize it. This bill needs to pass the Senate this year.

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


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