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Water Resources Development Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 8, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ZELDIN. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this measure, which prioritizes six key projects for New York's First Congressional District, a district almost completely surrounded by water.

On the east end of Long Island, we have a unique responsibility to safeguard our local waterways, from bolstering our local maritime infrastructure to managing future storm risks.

Working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Army Corps team at its New York district office, this bill prioritizes local projects that are vital to my congressional district.

The Fire Island to Montauk Point project includes essential dredging and shoreline projects over 83 miles of coastline. Coastal storm risk management for Hashamomuck Cove in Southold is included, where, right now, local residents, businesses, and first responders are paralyzed even during a severe thunderstorm.

Additionally, this legislation authorizes a feasibility study for a project at Wading River Creek in Riverhead and expedites feasibility studies for projects at Reel Point Preserve and Shelter Island, Goldsmith Inlet in Southold, and Lake Montauk Harbor in Montauk.

Continuing to safeguard and invest in our maritime infrastructure will help preserve Long Island's way of life for generations to come.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and I thank the chair and ranking member for their leadership in making this a reality.

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