Congresswoman Elaine Luria Fights for Extension to National Disaster Resilience Competition

July 17, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) extension. In 2014, President Obama announced the creation of the NDRC, which awarded $1 billion in competitive grants to states and localities. Under federal law, Virginia must use its NDRC grant funds by 2022. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the Commonwealth to finish its resiliency projects by that deadline.

“We must extend the deadline for the use of NDRC grants to ensure the Commonwealth has time to complete these critical projects, which will mitigate future risks and improve coastal resiliency,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Virginia received $120.5 million in NDRC funding, which is being used for two projects in Norfolk. In Coastal Virginia, recurrent flooding and sea-level rise threaten our infrastructure, economy, and national security every day. We must continue to invest in addressing these challenges to promote coastal resiliency”

In Congress, Congresswoman Luria worked with colleagues from both parties to protect Coastal Virginian communities from rising sea levels and recurrent flooding. Last December, the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act passed the House with Congresswoman Luria’s amendment to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) considers living shoreline projects that support resiliency at military installations. These projects restore and stabilize shorelines, including marshes, wetlands, and other parts of the shoreline ecosystem by using materials such as plants and oyster shells.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.