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Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates NOAA Investment to Make Communities Resilient to Climate Impacts

MAY 1, 2023 — On April 21, Vice President Harris announced that the Department of Commerce recommended $562 million in funding to make communities and the economy more resilient to climate change through 149 projects in 30 states and territories, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda.

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Vice President Kamala Harris gives remarks on live television announcing $562 million in funding to make communities resilient to climate impacts (Photo Credit: NOAA).

At an event in Miami, Vice President Harris highlighted how this announcement reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis and ensure that communities are more resilient to extreme weather events. 

The awards are made under NOAA's Climate-Ready Coasts Initiative, funded by the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and bolstered by the Inflation Reduction Act. Nancy Wallace, director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, attended the event in Miami, alongside other NOAA representatives of the Climate-Ready Coasts Initiative from the Office for Coastal Management, National Sea Grant College Program, and Office of Habitat Conservation. 

This announcement includes $69 million in recommended awards for marine debris removal. The projects recommended for awards under this nationwide competitive funding opportunity continue the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s commitment to make tangible, beneficial impacts to coastal and marine habitats and communities across the nation through a variety of marine debris removal methods. 

Last updated Friday, May 5, 2023 1:23pm PDT