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house Bill H.R. 5787

Should Federal Maps of Coastal Areas Be Updated?

Argument in favor

Updating the maps will protect environmentally sensitive wetlands and coastal areas. It’ll also move housing communities out of the protection area, allowing those homeowners to purchase federal flood insurance. This legislation benefits both homeowners and the environment.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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11/13/2018
H.R 5787 - The Strengthening Coastal Communities Act I’d recommend and support the passage H.R 5787 - The Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018 — which would codify the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) maps revised and digitized as part of the Digital Mapping Pilot Project. It’d also codify three digital maps developed outside the pilot project by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In effect, this bill would add thousands of acres to the CBRA system along Delaware, North and South Carolina, Florida, and potentially Louisiana by using the latest maps from the Congressionally authorized CBRA Digital Mapping Pilot Project. By revising the CBRS maps for 35 units within the system, it’d add about 18,000 acres to the system, increasing the CBRS’ size by 0.5 percent. Updating the maps will protect environmentally sensitive wetlands and coastal areas. It’ll also move housing communities out of the protection area, allowing those homeowners to purchase federal flood insurance. This legislation benefits both homeowners and the environment. SneakyPete..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*13*18.....
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Esther's Opinion
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11/14/2018
With climate change, the coastlines will change.
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Ivan's Opinion
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11/14/2018
Our coast lines are dramatically shrinking and receding into the mainline. And the fact of sea level rise caused by global warming. I think that the new map should reflect where the line was of the clothesline and where it is now. With a small notation on how long it took to lose that plot of land. Also, I would love it to Show towns and populations that have had to abandon their homesteads where the shoreline has receded.
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Argument opposed

Moving housing communities currently in the CBRA protection area out and making those homeowners eligible to purchase federal flood protection will likely increase payouts from the federal flood insurance program, as these homes are in flood-prone areas.

Andy1's Opinion
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11/14/2018
Opposed to this as written, but not in theory. We should not be subsidizing, often wealthy, coastal homeowners to stay and keep rebuilding in flood prone areas. Also any updates to coastal mapping should also include predictive modeling of coastal changes due to sea level rise in the coming years and decades.
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Andrea's Opinion
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11/14/2018
Republicans are highly suspect in introducing this bill. They're not acting on behalf of the environment or the people. They are acting in behalf of their corporate donors. There is always a loophole buried deep inside the legalese that helps corporations and harms the public interest.
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Ronald's Opinion
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11/14/2018
"Federal Maps" do not matter Maps are for local people needing directions. Subsidies are as bad idea. Local Governments should control "wetlands" and all issues in their area, not a distant Federal
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed November 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 375 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2018

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    H.R 5787 - The Strengthening Coastal Communities Act I’d recommend and support the passage H.R 5787 - The Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018 — which would codify the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) maps revised and digitized as part of the Digital Mapping Pilot Project. It’d also codify three digital maps developed outside the pilot project by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In effect, this bill would add thousands of acres to the CBRA system along Delaware, North and South Carolina, Florida, and potentially Louisiana by using the latest maps from the Congressionally authorized CBRA Digital Mapping Pilot Project. By revising the CBRS maps for 35 units within the system, it’d add about 18,000 acres to the system, increasing the CBRS’ size by 0.5 percent. Updating the maps will protect environmentally sensitive wetlands and coastal areas. It’ll also move housing communities out of the protection area, allowing those homeowners to purchase federal flood insurance. This legislation benefits both homeowners and the environment. SneakyPete..... 🇺🇸🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*13*18.....
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    Opposed to this as written, but not in theory. We should not be subsidizing, often wealthy, coastal homeowners to stay and keep rebuilding in flood prone areas. Also any updates to coastal mapping should also include predictive modeling of coastal changes due to sea level rise in the coming years and decades.
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    With climate change, the coastlines will change.
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    Our coast lines are dramatically shrinking and receding into the mainline. And the fact of sea level rise caused by global warming. I think that the new map should reflect where the line was of the clothesline and where it is now. With a small notation on how long it took to lose that plot of land. Also, I would love it to Show towns and populations that have had to abandon their homesteads where the shoreline has receded.
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    Republicans are highly suspect in introducing this bill. They're not acting on behalf of the environment or the people. They are acting in behalf of their corporate donors. There is always a loophole buried deep inside the legalese that helps corporations and harms the public interest.
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    "Federal Maps" do not matter Maps are for local people needing directions. Subsidies are as bad idea. Local Governments should control "wetlands" and all issues in their area, not a distant Federal
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    To understand this bill, one would have to know all kinds of background information about the maps and how they are used with respect to the existing legislation.
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    As long as it doesn’t give people Carte Blanche to build in coastal areas. The foolish man builds his house upon the sand.
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    Clean up the coasts while you’re at it.
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    Absolutely. They are horribly out of date. Most are from the 70s. Check out the real map of Louisiana. Every map of the state is a lie.
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    Coastal areas should not be rebuilt after major disasters, especially with taxpayers money. The maps should be updated because things have changed. Not for insurance purposes. If the insurance companies need this they should pay part of the cost.
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    Yes, w/ climate change, global-warming, more catastrophic storms there will be changes to our shorelines et al
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    Yes, with reservations. Why does this only concern a small number of coastal states? And are we extending coverage to properties that were previously uninsurable because the data says we should...or because of lobbying?
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    Pretty sure google has this covered.
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    As if coastal movement isn't scary enough, having hard data should help make it clear what is going on.
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    We shouldn't be subsidizing rich coastal communities through flood insurance
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    Yes coastal maps need updated. We know the ocean is rising. So we need accurate maps. It will help us see how global warming is affecting our planet. this would help home owners too. Everyone that close to the ocean should be able to get flood insurance.
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    How much money does the government have to waste before you cause another depression? This one will be worse and cause major changes in America because most Americans don’t know how to fend for themselves anymore
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    Well Put Sneaky Pete! I fully agree!
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    HR 5787. Vote NAY. While we need accurate coastal map, you have to consider other reasons for this action. It could encourage development in flood areas that gives federal benefits & insurance help to developers & residents who build in these areas. Repeat assistance to people who build in flood & hurricanes areas is a costly burden on taxpayers. So, without more specific clauses, vote NAY. WHY DID YOU VOTE YEA?
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