NEWS: Sen. Ossoff’s Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Tybee Island from Storm Surge & Sea Level Rise Passes U.S. Senate

Sen. Ossoff briefed leaders on the bill in March

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate passed U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation to protect Tybee Island from the effects of growing storm surge.

Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act will ensure Tybee Island has the resources it needs to protect from sea level rise, storm surge, coastal flooding, and other impacts of climate change.

The Senate passed the bill with bipartisan support as part of this year’s Water Resources and Development Act Reauthorization.

“I have secured bipartisan Senate passage of the Tybee Island Storm Risk Management Act to help protect homes and businesses on Tybee from coastal flooding, storm surge, and high winds,” Sen. Ossoff said. “I thank Chairman Ellis and Mayor Sessions for their help as I’ve built bipartisan support in the Senate for this bill.”

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock co-sponsored the Senate legislation.

Tybee Island has been one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the state of Georgia since the 1870s and has experienced 10 inches of sea level rise since 1935.

The final version of the legislation will ensure Tybee Island can continue to implement coastal storm risk management projects for the next 12 years.

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