Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s (CA-14) San Francisco Bay Restoration Act passed in the House as part of an en bloc package in the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep Speier’s bill would, for the first time, enshrine an authorization of funding for the San Francisco Bay program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The critically-needed federal funds will help improve water quality, protect endangered species and priceless natural habitats, and fortify coastal communities against the damaging effects of sea level rise in the Bay Area. The House-passed NDAA now heads to the Senate for conference.
“Without a concerted and radical restoration effort, the San Francisco Bay will continue to teeter on the precipice of irreversible damage. Over the last 200 years, 90 percent of the Bay Area’s wetlands have been destroyed by human activity even though it’s relied upon by more than 100 endangered species for survival, and despite the fact that the Bay is central to the region’s and the state’s economy,” Rep. Speier said. “The race is on and time is not on our side. The San Francisco Bay Restoration Act is a critical part of keeping up with the degradation of our most treasured natural spaces and ensuring the San Francisco Bay is preserved for generations to come. I urge my Senate colleagues to take up this bill in the NDAA conference.”
Rep. Speier’s bill is supported by the Bay Area Congressional delegation, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Ro Khanna, Jared Huffman, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, Mark DeSaulnier, and Mike Thompson.
To read the full text of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, click here.