Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) celebrated the inclusion of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act in the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) agreement. The bill would enshrine authorization of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s San Francisco Bay Program to help improve water quality, protect endangered species and priceless natural habitats, and fortify coastal communities against the damaging effects of sea level rise in the Bay Area. The NDAA has bipartisan support and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden before the end of the year.
“Over the last 200 years, 90 percent of San Francisco’s Bay Area wetlands have been destroyed by human activity. That’s an impending disaster for the more than 100 endangered species that rely on the Bay to survive as well as the survival of our regional and state economies. We can’t wait one second longer for urgently needed and radical restoration to our cherished and iconic Bay,” Rep. Speier said. “San Francisco has been short-changed for decades. Between 2008 and 2016, EPA geographic programs invested $490 million in the Chesapeake Bay and over $260 million in Puget Sound, compared to $45 million into the SF Bay, the West Coast’s largest estuary. Enshrining authorization of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act in this year’s NDAA will ensure the program cannot be eliminated, a critical component to halting degradation in its tracks and ensuring our crown jewel of the Bay Area is a healthy habitat for generations to come.”
Rep. Speier’s bill is supported by the Bay Area Congressional delegation, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Ro Khanna, Jared Huffman, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, Mark DeSaulnier, and Mike Thompson.
To read the full text of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, click here.
The NDAA also includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which provides for key water infrastructure programs in the Bay Area. The WRDA provisions:
- Direct the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of the San Francisco Bay Beneficial Reuse Pilot Project to improve flood risk management and ecosystem restoration on the Bay’s shoreline.
- Ensure that the Army Corps completes critical coastal erosion and flood protection infrastructure in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties relating to high tide flooding and coastal storm flooding.
- Authorize $270 million for water and wastewater infrastructure projects such as stormwater management and water recycling at the San Francisco International Airport.