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Coastal Management Policy and Gulf Restoration


FWF is engaged in critical coastal policy issues such as protecting the Coastal Barrier Resources System which helps protect over 700,000 acres of coastal Florida by removing federal subsidies that stimulate development in low-lying, flood prone areas. Former Congressman and FWF director Tom Evans, Jr. authored the Coastal Barrier Resources Act. FWF also works to have state policies discourage development intensification along our beaches. Florida currently has tremendous exposure to storms and sea level rise. Undeveloped or lightly developed shorelines not only provide incredibly rich fish and wildlife habitat, they buffer the storms and hurricanes that strike Florida.

Florida Wildlife Federation joined with National Wildlife Federation in commissioning a scientific report, Unfavorable Tides, which documents the tremendous impacts that a modest sea level rise of 15 inches by 2100 would have on a number of Florida’s estuaries and bays. The effects on the state, especially southeast Florida, would be dramatic.

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest single environmental calamity in our history. FWF successfully lobbied the federal government to have most of the money BP will have to pay go towards environmental clean-up and conservation in the Gulf of Mexico. We are now actively engaged in what specific projects should be funded once the money is available, and are concentrating on long-lasting action, such as coastal and watershed protection. The level of conservation that could be afforded by this money is unprecedented, but great attention must be given to assure that real ecological progress is made.

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Gulf Restoration Related Articles

Florida Wildlife Federation’s New Report Demonstrates Importance of Protecting State’s Vulnerable Coast
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03/06/2014

COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT IN TAMPA
Legislation will help rebuild Florida’s ecosystems and economy.
07/18/2012

COALITION PARTNERS JOIN SENATOR BILL NELSON TO DISCUSS RESTORE ACT
Recently signed into law, the RESTORE Act will help rebuild the Gulf Region’s ecosystems and economy
07/13/2012

COALITION PARTNERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF RESTORE ACT
Legislation will help rebuild Florida’s ecosystems and economy.
07/02/2012

FWF Conservation Update- Congress set to pass historic RESTORE Act
With just a few days remaining to act, the US Congress has agreed to support the federal Transportation Bill, which includes the RESTORE Act.
06/28/2012

Letter to the Editor: RESTORE Act
It is disappointing to see how some elected officials in Florida are turning the pending RESTORE Act legislation into nothing but another election-year fight.
05/07/2012

NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. Speaks out on Restoring the Gulf
NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. Speaks out on Restoring the Gulf
04/09/2012

Capitol Watch Week 8
Capitol Watch: Final Week 2012 Session - By Jay Liles and Preston Robertson
03/12/2012

Florida Wildlife Federation Hails Senate Passage of Gulf Restoration Amendment
The historic vote in the Senate, to attach the RESTORE Act to the omnibus Transportation Bill, is being heralded by the Florida Wildlife Federation as a major milestone in setting the stage for Gulf Coast recovery from the BP spill of 2010.
03/12/2012

Capitol Watch Week 4
Week of January 30, 2012 - By Jay Liles and Preston Robertson
02/09/2012

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