Sen. Ossoff has pushed to protect the Gullah Geechee community from effects of flooding
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is working to protect the Gullah Geechee communities from sea-level rise and storm surge.
Sen. Ossoff is pushing to deliver funding and resources through the bipartisan infrastructure law to improve coastal resilience throughout the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, including protected lands in Coastal Georgia.
The resources would help expand restoration and resilience efforts across the Corridor, which are in low-lying areas and more prone to the negative effects of sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and storm surge.
“These resources would upgrade coastal resiliency infrastructure and restore precious wetland ecology in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a beloved cultural and natural area in our state,” Sen. Ossoff said.
“Corridor communities are on the leading edge of the climate crisis and the Corridor felt it incumbent upon us to expand our efforts. By building our capacity to advance environmental equity, environmental justice, and climate science we will be better, stronger advocates,” said Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Chair of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
The Biden Administration has recommended $536,000 in funding for approval through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Climate-Ready Coasts Initiative for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Sen. Ossoff continues to champion efforts to protect Coastal Georgia communities from the effects of sea-level rise and flooding.
Last year, Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation to protect Tybee Island from storm surge, beach erosion, and coastal flooding was signed into law. This law will extend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to partner with Tybee Island for another 12 years.