Protecting New York's Great Lakes Coastline, that's the focus of a fresh push by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
The Democrat wants a resiliency study to be authorized in the upcoming Water Resources Development Act.
Gillibrand says this proposal would allow the Army Corps to conduct a study for developing projects to make the Great Lakes coastline and surrounding communities more resilient
This study would be a first of its kind to, "coordinate a strategy and recommend actions to manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline and protect nearby communities and the local economy," as stated in a news release by Gillabrand's office.
"As families and businesses surrounding the Great Lakes continue to recover from the disastrous flooding that affected the Lake Ontario shoreline last year, we must also work to protect against any future damage to the Great Lakes shoreline," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. "This study would be a critical first step to identify vulnerabilities that exist along the shoreline so that we can put the right protections in place for our local communities. I will continue to fight in the Senate to protect the Great Lakes and ensure the safety of their surrounding communities."
The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on earth.