Senate environmental panel OKs plan to help Coastal Conservancy address climate change

April 10, 2012
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Sen. Ted W. Lieu bill prompted by environmental concerns

SACRAMENTO – In its first policy review, a plan by Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance to help ensure the California Coastal Conservancy can work on addressing climate change was approved today by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

“Rising sea levels and extreme storm-driven waves pose direct risks to the state's coastal resources,” Lieu said about the need for Senate Bill 1066. “With the coastal economy contributing $40 billion annually to the state and with 80 percent of California's 38 million residents living within 30 miles of the coast, we must take steps now to ensure the coastal economy survives.”

Lieu said SB 1066 is needed in the wake of record-high temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising ocean levels.

“The Nature Conservancy applauds Sen. Lieu's leadership on this important issue,” said Louis Blumberg, The Nature Conservancy's California Climate Change Program Director. “SB 1066 will help ensure that our coastal communities, economy and the critical natural resources that we rely on are prepared and protected against the impacts of a changing climate.”

For more than 30 years, the state Coastal Conservancy has worked with public and private entities to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources and habitats, including deteriorating urban waterfronts and poorly designed coastal development, Lieu said, adding: “This bill would specifically authorize the Conservancy to address climate change and adaptation to a warmer climate - especially projects that maximize public benefits.  SB 1066 also helps the Conservancy capture additional federal and non-state funds.”

Any costs of SB 1066 would be paid with non-state funds. The bill will next face fiscal review, which is expected to occur by the end of May. 

For more, including a Fact Sheet on SB 1066, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below or contact Lieu’s office.

Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu