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Senator: Funding available to protect coastal communities

July 4, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is encouraging coastal communities to apply for federal funding to strengthen their defenses against severe weather and flooding.

The National Coastal Resilience Fund will invest up to $30 million in its inaugural year to strengthen natural features to help minimize the impact of storms and climate change, such as coastal marshes, wetlands and dunes.

Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, wrote the legislation creating the fund.

Whitehouse says they’re trying to help people living and working along the coast address the challenges they face due to climate change.

Nonprofit and for-profit organizations, universities, tribes and governments can apply. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are managing the fund.

Proposals are due Aug. 7.

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