National Parks Group Applauds Senate Passage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   January 28, 2013
Contact:   Shannon Andrea, Director of Media Relations National Parks Conservation Association: 202.365.5912
Craig Obey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association: 202.669.9689


National Parks Group Applauds Senate Passage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Statement by Craig Obey, NPCA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

“We applaud the Senate for passing legislation that will provide critical disaster relief funding for local communities, businesses, and national parks throughout the northeast that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The tireless advocacy and leadership of Senator Schumer, together with Senators Menendez, Gillibrand, and Lautenberg, means that critically needed funds will now go to provide shelter, power, and other basic necessities for struggling coastal communities, including support for the recovery of our beloved national parks in the region.” 

“When Superstorm Sandy ravaged communities in the Northeast, it caused unprecedented damage to national park sites including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area. The National Park Service has never faced this level of damage in a single natural disaster. The extent of the damage raised deep concern about the protection of nationally significant resources, the health of local economies who rely on these sites as tourism destinations, and the countless families who travel to enjoy them.”

“The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152) includes $398 million for the National Park Service to rebuild parks and historic treasures, $360 million to rebuild coastal habitat and infrastructure in national parks and wildlife refuges to better withstand future storms, and millions more in funding through the Army Corps to help with flood reduction and coastal restoration around Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. Altogether, these funds will allow local communities and National Park Service sites—including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island—to recover and re-open for business.”

“These funds will also allow the National Park Service---which already is struggling with recent cuts and threats of new ones—to make smart investments that better prepare our national treasures for future storm events.”

“We are grateful that additional funding will be provided for families and communities impacted by the storm, and that sufficient funding will be provided to ensure some of America’s greatest national treasures can recover, open for business, put people back to work, and continue to welcome visitors from across the globe.”   
                                                                

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