Text: H.Res.710 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)

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H. Res. 710

                In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

                                                       October 6, 2009.
Whereas the estuary regions of the United States comprise a significant share of 
        the national economy, with 43 percent of the population, 40 percent of 
        employment, and 49 percent of economic output located in such regions;
Whereas coasts and estuaries contribute more than $800,000,000,000 annually in 
        trade and commerce to the Nation's economy;
Whereas more than 43 percent of all adults in the United States visit a sea 
        coast or estuary at least once a year to participate in some form of 
        recreation, generating $8,000,000,000 to $12,000,000,000 in revenue 
Whereas more than 28,000,000 jobs in the United States are supported through 
        commercial and recreational fishing, boating, tourism, and other coastal 
        industries that rely on healthy estuaries;
Whereas estuaries provide vital habitat for countless species of fish and 
        wildlife, including many that are listed as threatened or endangered;
Whereas estuaries provide critical ecosystem services that protect human health 
        and public safety, including water filtration, flood control, shoreline 
        stabilization and erosion prevention, and protection of coastal 
        communities during extreme weather events;
Whereas 55,000,000 acres of estuarine habitat have been destroyed over the last 
        100 years;
Whereas bays once filled with fish and oysters have become dead zones filled 
        with excess nutrients, chemical wastes, and harmful algae;
Whereas sea level rise is accelerating the degradation of estuaries by 
        submerging low-lying lands, eroding beaches, converting wetlands to open 
        water, exacerbating coastal flooding, and increasing the salinity of 
        estuaries and freshwater aquifers;
Whereas in the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.), 
        Congress found and declared that it is national policy to preserve, 
        protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance, the 
        resources of the Nation's coastal zone, including estuaries, for current 
        and future generations;
Whereas estuary restoration efforts cost-effectively restore natural 
        infrastructure in local communities, helping to create jobs and 
        reestablish the natural functions of estuaries that yield countless 
Whereas 62.3 percent of habitat restoration funds of the National Oceanic and 
        Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the American Recovery and 
        Reinvestment Act (Public Law 111-5) were awarded to projects in 
        estuaries, and 90 percent of the total NOAA habitat restoration funding 
        under such Act will benefit estuaries; and
Whereas September 26, 2009, has been designated ``National Estuaries Day'' to 
        increase awareness among all citizens, including local, State, and 
        Federal officials, about the importance of healthy estuaries and the 
        need to protect them: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) supports the goals and ideals of ``National Estuaries Day'';
            (2) acknowledges the importance of estuaries to the Nation's 
        economic well-being and productivity;
            (3) recognizes the persistent threats that undermine the health of 
        the Nation's estuaries;
            (4) applauds the work of national and community organizations and 
        public partners to promote public awareness, protection, and restoration 
        of estuaries; and
            (5) reaffirms its support for estuaries, including the preservation, 
        protection, and restoration thereof, and expresses its intent to 
        continue working to protect and restore the estuaries of the United