The Enviornmental Protection Agency joined Senator Reed and other state and local dignitaries in formally launching the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program on October 14.
The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The program, consisting of government and non-government organizations, is currently working collaboratively and innovatively to maintain and improve water quality and habitat conditions within these coastal watersheds.
In collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders, the program will focus on developing and promoting innovations in restoration and protection practices, development of new, more efficient technologies, and application of new policies to these new approaches. A critical element of this program will be to prepare for climate change impacts and highlight the need to build resilience into all decision-making. Partners include key federal and state resource agencies, local organizations, and the two local National Estuary Programs in Narragansett Bay R.I. and Buzzards Bay Mass.
Senator Reed is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment, who spearheaded the effort to make $2 million in federal funding available for this program.
HUD Chief Joins Reed, Chafee, Diossa for Economic Development & Family Self-Sufficiency Tour of Central Falls
Senator Reed brought U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro to Rhode Island on October 10.
Secretary Castro began the day by joining Senator Reed, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Mayor James Diossa, and Congressman David Cicilline for a neighborhood tour of Central Falls. HUD is one of the key federal agencies assisting city officials to jumpstart a revival of economic development in the city.
During the tour, the officials saw how federal investments are being put to work creating jobs and opportunities for more Rhode Islanders, as well as improving neighborhoods and helping low-income families become more self-sufficient.
The group also visited La Casona Restaurant, which has received a federal micro-enterprise zone grant for small businesses through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The tour concluded at Forand Manor, where the Central Falls Housing Authority is located. The officials met with graduates from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Senator Reed announced that housing agencies in eleven Rhode Island cities and towns – including Central Falls – will receive a total of $944,261 in federal FSS funding to assist communities in developing local strategies to help public and assisted housing residents find work, access job training resources, and achieve economic independence.
Senator Reed and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured some of Rhode Island’s key port infrastructure and met with transportation officials and marine shipping leaders at Quonset Business Park at the Port of Davisville to discuss the critical role ports play in Rhode Island and our nation’s economy.
During the visit, Reed showed Secretary Foxx firsthand how several federal investments in the state’s two major commercial ports – the Port of Davisville and the Port of Providence – are helping to create jobs and opportunities while boosting maritime commerce in the Ocean State.
The Port of Davisville, which is operated by Quonset Development Corporation, is the state’s largest port and a major gateway to markets throughout Southern New England and beyond. ProvPort is one of the busiest deep water ports in the northeast.
Senator Reed has worked for many years to improve infrastructure at both ports.
Rhode Island artists, designers, and musicians took center stage on Monday, August 18 as Sen. Reed led new National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu, the top Obama Administration arts official, on an “Art Works” tour of Rhode Island.
Arts and culture are crucial to Rhode Island’s economy and the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders. The NEA has been a critical partner in investing in creativity and innovation here in the state; NEA-supported projects have helped local artists showcase their talents and given more people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the arts, enriching our communities and paying cultural and economic dividends.
Read more here.
Reed’s Steadfast Support for Refuge Funding Honored by the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement
Senator Reed was presented with a national award from the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) for his outstanding support of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Reed, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, has been a longtime supporter of adequate funding for America’s wildlife refuges and has demonstrated his commitment to conservation through his leadership in Congress.
The award was presented today at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. A former Navy rifle range, Sachuest Point was established as a wildlife refuge in 1970. The 242-acre refuge provides an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds.
Reed, a native of Cranston, RI, is very familiar with the Refuge System. Rhode Island boasts five national wildlife refuges in the state. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which did nearly $70 million in damage to several Northeast refuges, Reed made a point of ensuring the refuges and surrounding communities impacted by the storm received federal funding to repair the damage and make them more resilient to future storms.
In honor of “National Oyster Day,” Senator Reed convened a meeting on August 1 with Rhode Island oyster farmers, restaurant and small business owners, and environmental officials for a discussion about the state’s growing aquaculture industry and the Rhode Island food economy.
Reed, a strong advocate for shellfish growers and the state’s sustainable aquaculture industry, and the stakeholders gathered at Matunuck Oyster Bar, opened in July of 2009 by Perry Raso.
The award-winning restaurant overlooks his 7-acre oyster farm in East Matunuck, and visitors can tour the farm to see how the oysters are raised and how they get directly from the pond to the plate.
The event included a roundtable discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry, followed by a boat tour of Raso’s farm on Potter Pond, where Reed got into the water for a “deep dive” hands-on tutorial on oyster farming.
See here for more information about the event.
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