E-Newsletter: Protecting Our Beaches
As a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, I know firsthand what a tremendous resource our beaches are, both for those who live here and for those who come to visit year after year. The Jersey Shore is a priceless natural treasure and is the engine for a tourism industry that generates $38 billion a year and directly supports almost half a million jobs—nearly ten percent of New Jersey’s entire workforce. That’s why I’ve spent more than two decades working to stop ocean dumping, to keep our beaches and sensitive coastal areas clean, and to stop the industrialization of our coast.
Last month, I was proud to announce the reintroduction of the BEACH Act with Senator Bob Menendez. The legislation will protect our beaches by setting national coastal water quality standards, and providing federal funding to states to test water quality and notify the public when conditions are unsafe. The legislation would also authorize $30 million-a-year in federal assistance through 2021 to provide funding to monitor beach water quality and notify the public of health hazards. The bill also requires the use of rapid testing methods and for states to track down sources of pollution.
I also led a bipartisan group of the New Jersey Congressional delegation in a letter to the Trump administration opposing President Trump's plans for offshore drilling and asking that it consider the severe economic and environmental impacts oil and gas development in the Atlantic would have on New Jersey. You can also read the July 26 op-ed I authored with the head of the Sierra Club, laying out the strong arguments against offshore drilling. Elected leaders on both sides of the aisle have long opposed any efforts to potentially open the Atlantic to oil and gas development and we will continue to do so.
If you have a moment, please visit my webpage to share your thoughts on drilling in the Atlantic and what we can do to protect our beaches. It is my job to represent you and I would appreciate your input on this crucial issue.
Lastly, one of my privileges as a Member of Congress is to assist my constituents on a range of issues, whether it be help with a federal agency, ordering a flag, or requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington DC. Please take a moment to visit my website to find out how I can serve you.
Congressman Frank Pallone