America's Wetland Foundation Lobbies in DC for Coastal Restoration

Sep 12, 2012

Members of the America’s Wetland Foundation and a bipartisan group of Southern lawmakers are in Washington, D.C. today, making the case that coastal restoration along the Gulf of Mexico is a national issue.

America's Wetland Managing Director Val Marmillion says projects must be coordinated and strategic.

“We start out by saying ‘Unstrap our ability to do coastal restoration, federal government.’ That’s the first of our findings," said Marmillion. "And there are a number of ways that we have found over time, that it takes sometimes 20 to 30 years to get a permit approved to do coastal restoration, and we don’t have that time anymore.”

The group is releasing its findings after conducting hearings over two years throughout the Gulf Coast.