IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 14, 2022
Mr. Ossoff (for himself and Mr. Warnock) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To authorize an additional period of beach nourishment for a certain Corps of Engineers project, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act.
Congress finds that—
Tybee Island, Georgia, has been one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the State of Georgia since the 1870s;
Tybee Island is the most densely developed barrier island in the State of Georgia and has experienced 10 inches of sea-level rise since 1935;
according to a 2016 report funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tybee Island, Georgia, is a
national leader in climate adaptation planning and coastal resilience; and
the beach nourishment project referred to in section 3 is critical to protecting Tybee Island, Georgia, from sea level rise, storm surge, coastal flooding, and related climate change impacts.
Tybee Island, Georgia
Notwithstanding the time limitation under section 156(a) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 1962d–5f(a)), the Secretary of the Army may continue periodic beach nourishment for the project for coastal storm risk management, Tybee Island, Georgia, authorized by section 201 of the Flood Control Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1962d–5), for an additional period of 50 years, beginning on the day after the last day of the final period of periodic nourishment for the project authorized before the date of enactment of this Act.