IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 14, 2016
Mr. Rubio (for himself and Mr. Scott) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To require the Secretary of the Army to conduct a study of coastal areas in the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers to identify risks and vulnerabilities of those areas as a result of sea level rise, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Assessing Coastal Areas to Assist States Act.
Study of coastal areas
The Secretary of the Army shall conduct a study of the coastal areas located within the geographic boundaries of the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers to identify the risks and vulnerabilities of those areas to increased hurricane and storm damages as a result of sea level rise.
In carrying out the study under this section, the Secretary of the Army shall—
conduct such analyses as the Secretary determines necessary, with special emphasis on regional sediment management as a method to sustainably maintain or enhance current levels of storm protection—
to produce a comprehensive and consistent understanding of coastal vulnerabilities in the affected areas; and
to identify initial measures that can be taken to address the vulnerabilities described in subparagraph (A); and
develop a long-term strategy for—
addressing increased hurricane and storm damages that result from sea level rise; and
identifying opportunities to enhance resiliency, increase sustainability, and lower risks in—
areas of concentrated economic development; and
areas with vulnerable environmental resources.