Sen. Ossoff, Rep. Carter launch bipartisan effort to save Cumberland Island’s shoreline from additional erosion damage.
Shoreline on Cumberland Island is rapidly eroding; lawmakers push for answers on cause of erosion.
Washington, D.C — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff and Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA-01) are leading a bipartisan push to protect Cumberland Island from shoreline erosion.
Sen. Ossoff and Rep. Carter are urging the Department of the Interior to initiate a study into ongoing erosion around the National Seashore, the first step needed to determine the severity of the problem and protect the island.
Late last year, Sen. Ossoff secured bipartisan support in Congress for a new Interior Department authorization that permits the Department of Interior to conduct the study using existing funding, a key first step in the process.
“We respectfully ask that you prioritize funding for the study of erosion impacting the Cumberland Island National Seashore,” Sen. Ossoff and Rep. Carter wrote. “Until the root causes are known, there cannot be appropriate actions to mitigate and prevent further damage to this unique habitat. A study of adaptive strategies for coastal resilience is a critical first step to getting this right, not just for Cumberland but for the entire coastal region.”
Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to countless wildlife, wilderness, and white sandy beaches in Georgia. The Island also possesses many important, historic ruins from the state’s rich history.
Click here to read Sen. Ossoff and Rep. Carter’s inquiry.