Norton Files Amendment to Make D.C. Eligible for Federal Flood Mitigation Funds
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has filed an amendment to the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) to make the District of Columbia eligible for federal flood mitigation and prevention funding by amending the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) to include D.C. in the definition of a coastal state. Norton’s amendment is the same text as the Flood Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 2540), which she introduced in May. Norton filed her amendment at the House Rules Committee, which is scheduled to consider H.R. 2874 today, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., in H-313 (U.S. Capitol).
“I am using every vehicle I can to protect the nation’s capital from floods like those that put Federal Triangle, several federal agencies and D.C. neighborhoods underwater 11 years ago,” Norton said. “The District of Columbia, a city situated on two rivers, experienced major flooding in the recent past and continues to be at significant risk. Making D.C. eligible for these critical federal flood prevention funds would help protect not only D.C. neighborhoods, but also the National Mall, our museums, and critical federal buildings located downtown.”