Professor speaks at congressional briefing about shoreline stabilization

Rachel Gittman, East Carolina University assistant professor of biology, was invited by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. to present at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on May 30. Gittman was asked to talk about the current state of science on the ecological benefits and resiliency of living shorelines.

Rachel Gittman, an assistant professor of biology, speaks at a congressional briefing. (Contributed photo)

Rachel Gittman, an assistant professor of biology, speaks at a congressional briefing. (Contributed photo)

The congressional briefing is in support of the passage of House Bill 4525: The Living Shorelines Act of 2017, which would allow the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to award grants to state and local governments and nongovernmental organizations for the purpose of carrying out shoreline stabilization projects using natural materials.

Pallone, who also serves as co-chair of the Coastal Community Caucus, is sponsoring the bill along with 21 co-sponsors.