Sen. Ted W. Lieu bill prompted by environmental concerns
SACRAMENTO – The California Coastal Conservancy will soon have better-funded tools to help fight climate change thanks to a Sen. Ted W. Lieu bill signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.
“Gov. Brown clearly understands that at stake is billions of dollars of economic activity and infrastructure, I commend him for his action,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said about the need for Senate Bill 1066. “With the coastal economy contributing $40 billion annually to the state and with 80 percent of California's 38 million residents living within 30 miles of the coast, we must take steps now to ensure the coastal economy survives.”
Lieu said SB 1066 is needed in the wake of record-high temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising ocean levels, and his measure was praised by the Nature Conservancy.
“Rising sea levels and extreme storm-driven waves pose direct risks to the state's coastal resources,” Lieu said.
“The Nature Conservancy applauds Sen. Lieu's leadership on this important issue,” Louis Blumberg, The Nature Conservancy's California Climate Change program director, said. “SB 1066 will help ensure that our coastal communities, economy and the critical natural resources that we rely on are prepared and protected against the impacts of a changing climate.”
For more than 30 years, the state Coastal Conservancy has worked with public and private entities to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources and habitats, including deteriorating urban waterfronts and poorly designed coastal development, Lieu said, adding: “This bill would specifically authorize the Conservancy to address climate change and adaptation to a warmer climate - especially projects that maximize public benefits. SB 1066 also helps the Conservancy capture additional federal and non-state funds.”
Any costs of SB 1066 will be paid with non-state funds.
For more, visit Lieu’s Web site at www.senate.ca.gov/lieu or contact his district office at (310) 318-6994.