U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Bipartisan Digital Coast Act Passes Commerce Committee
Bill aids shoreline communities by delivering next generation coastal data
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s bipartisan Digital Coast Act today passed through the Senate Commerce Committee. The bill to help coastal communities better prepare for storms, cope with varying water levels and strengthen coastal economic development planning efforts now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The Digital Coast Act was introduced by Senator Baldwin and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in November. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“I’m proud of the progress we are making in moving bipartisan reforms forward to strengthen our shoreline communities, which face a variety of challenges to keep their harbors open, their waters clean and their beaches ready for visitors,” said Senator Baldwin. “This bipartisan bill ensures that our Great Lakes communities have the resources and tools they need to adapt to changing environmental conditions, maintain healthy shores, and make smart planning decisions to support their local economies and way of life.”
The Digital Coast Act authorizes the next phase in coastal mapping at NOAA by ensuring that communities will continue to have the data to make smart choices for economic development, shoreline management and coastal restoration. The Act supports further development of the current project, including increasing access to uniform, up-to-date data, to help communities get the coastal data they need to respond to emergencies, plan for long-term coastal resilience, and manage their water resources.
“Senator Baldwin and Senator Murkowski’s leadership on coastal issues supports the work local communities do to manage risk and protect people and property from extreme weather and changing conditions. This legislation will directly improve local disaster response and hazard mitigation planning. This bill will help local communities minimize potential loss of life and damage to infrastructure, private property, and conservation areas. The Digital Coast Act is an important step for effective coastal management,” said American Planning Association President Carol Rhea, FAICP.
“Communities in Wisconsin need tools like Digital Coast to make better decisions about the safety and resilience of our coastal regions. Digital Coast empowers communities to better adapt to changing coastal conditions and identify cost effective tools to address those changes. Thank you, Senator Baldwin for your leadership,” said 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Executive Director Steve Hiniker.
The Digital Coast Act is supported by: American Planning Association, Ayres Associates, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Coastal States Organization, Continental Mapping Consultants, Inc., The National Association of Counties, The Nature Conservancy, Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), National States Geographic Information Council, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department.
Read what supporters have said about the Digital Coast Act here.
More information on the Digital Coast Act is available here.
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