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December 9, 2020 Press Release

Inland Waters of New Jersey Targeted for Federal Funding to Detect and Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) delivered key wins for North Jersey in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation included an authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management project and directs the Army Corps to carry out a demonstration project in the inland waters of New Jersey for detecting and preventing harmful algal blooms (HABs).

December 8, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC -- Representatives Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Randy Weber (TX-14) introduced the bipartisan Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support (FLOODS) Act to establish a National Integrated Flood Information System. This is companion legislation to S. 4462 sponsored by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Gary Peters (D-MI) that passed the chamber in November.
December 2, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) —In the 1960s, the deterioration of America’s environment, and its impacts on human health, were at the forefront of public discourse. To address these concerns, President Nixon proposed a plan to Congress in early 1970 that would consolidate federal environmental research, monitoring, and enforcement duties into one agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the EPA and the confirmation of William Ruckelshaus by the Senate to serve as its first Administrator.

September 30, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment is holding a hearing titled, 
September 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s (NJ-11) Mitigate Methane Now Act. The legislation would curb climate change immediately by encouraging the replacement of old distribution lines, which are a major source of methane leakage across the country, particularly in the Northeast where the oldest infrastructure is located. 

August 14, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, Subcommittee on Energy Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Subcommittee on Environment Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) sent a letter to Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine how the Federal Government has coordinated research and development (R&D) activities on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) across different agencies.
August 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced the inclusion of key priorities in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for communities in the 11th District. The legislation included an authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with the Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management project. Flooding is an extremely important issue in the 11th District, and has plagued this area of New Jersey for decades.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) today led passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957), bipartisan legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks and other land management agencies. Representative Sherrill spoke on the floor in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act during debate this afternoon.

July 20, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment held a teleconference with Mr. John Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of the National Weather Service (NWS); Dr. Mitch Goldberg, Chief Scientist of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) at the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and Dr. Jennifer Mahoney, Director of the Global Systems Laboratory at the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) to discuss the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) preparations for the above-average wildfire season, their coordination efforts with other federal agencies, state agencies, and local fire departments, and the impacts of COVID-19 on these activities.
June 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC -- The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, which highlights Representative Mikie Sherrill’s Mitigate Methane Now Act (H.R. 5542). Representative Sherrill’s bill, introduced in January, would help mitigate climate change immediately by encouraging the replacement of old distribution pipelines, which are a major source of methane leakage across the country, and particularly in the Northeast where we have the oldest infrastructure.