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Seggos Testifies to U.S. House in Support of NYS-NJ Watershed Act
New York Ag Connection - 01/21/2022

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos voiced support Thursday for H.R. 4677 and its consideration before the Subcommittee on Waters, Oceans and Wildlife at the U.S. House of Representatives. He testified in support of the New York/New Jersey Watershed Protection Act that, if f enacted, will provide critical federal support to address the restoration and protection of the Hudson-Passaic-Mohawk River and watershed system, which stretches from upstate New York to northern New Jersey and includes the New York/New Jersey Harbor.

"This important piece of legislation complements New York's ongoing efforts to combat climate change, with a particular focus on protecting communities that have historically borne the brunt of environmental pollution," Seggos said. "I commend Congressman Tonko for his leadership and I am proud to support him in advocating for federal investments to improve water quality, restore ecosystems, and enhance flood resiliency across the Hudson-Mohawk Region and safeguard this national treasure."

Seggos pointed out that New York is continuing to make significant investments in projects, which are addressing combined sewer overflows, flooding, and habitat restoration, while also providing opportunities for economic development.

"These state investments would be leveraged greatly with enactment of H.R. 4677, and we would be happy to provide the Committee with an accounting of the projects underway currently that would be expanded with enactment of this legislation," he said.

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