During Congress’ summer recess, many of our ocean champions continue to focus on the oceans while working from their home districts. One champion is Rep. Scott Peters, serving California’s 52nd District. Rep. Peters’ district includes the coastal City of Coronado and the San Diego beach communities of Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla.
This month Rep. Peters will be attending a meeting with members of the Sierra Club San Diego chapter to discuss legislation related to the drought and the Land & Water Conservation Fund. In other drought related meetings, Rep. Peters will be convening a roundtable with CleanTech San Diego and its members to discuss innovations in renewable energy and drought solutions.
Rep. Peters knows that renewable energy is key to reducing the United States need for offshore oil drilling. He'll also be participating in the Navy’s announcement of the largest solar deal in U.S. history. Rep. Peters has long been a proponent of energy independence in our military through renewables. He recently introduced H.R. 3108 The Department of Defense Energy Security Act (DODESA) of 2015. A key aspect of DODESA calls for the Department of Defense to report on military readiness to sea level rise and coastal erosion.
Being in district allows our Representatives an opportunity to support local causes. Rep. Peters will be attending the Ocean Discovery Institute’s Annual Bubble Up Gala. He was one of the initial supporters of Ocean Discovery Institute, an organization whose mission is to bring ocean-related sciences to local youth. He will also be able to enjoy his beautiful city on the San Diego Bay by riding in Bike the Bay, a recreational cycling event around the 24 mile BayShore Bikeway. Rep. Peters has been a long time advocate of the BayShore Bikeway and the safe cycling access it provides riders to the bay and Pacific Ocean.
Before the summer ends, he'll be keeping his local beach clean when he pitches in at the annual Coastal Cleanup Day.
As you can see, Rep. Scott Peters is a strong ocean champion, and knows first hand the importance of clean and healthy oceans. When back in Washington, DC this fall, he will press on to ensure smart ocean policies for his district and the country. It is important that we re-elect Representatives like Scott Peters to keep ocean champions in Congress.
For the oceans,
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