Coalition Letter on the STORM Act

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 8:30am

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Shelby:

          We, the undersigned organizations, strongly support full funding of $100 million for FY 2022 appropriations for the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act of 2020. As representatives of the conservation, environmental, government, open space, and business sectors, we believe that investment in pre-disaster mitigation, climate adaptation, and resilient infrastructure is good public policy that will save taxpayer dollars.

          Prioritizing smart, modern, and resilient lifeline critical infrastructure, including energy, health, and water, is critical to a thriving economy and healthy communities. The STORM Act offers states and local governments the needed flexibility to provide low interest loans for projects that reduce risks ahead of the next crises.

          Our groups have been encouraging collaboration among state emergency managers, finance experts, and other leaders to support this financing opportunity. Funding this program is an important step towards improving resilience and planning for communities across the United States.

Sincerely, 

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Planning Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Landscape Architects

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

City Parks Alliance

Ecological Restoration Business Association

Interstate Council on Water Policy

Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

National Association of Counties

National League of Cities

National Recreation and Park Association

The Nature Conservancy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

cc: Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations