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House leaders put acidification bill on fast track

May 19, 2021
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When she introduced the bill earlier this year, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) said oceans and estuaries have grown more acidic in recent years as they absorb more carbon dioxide, hurting fisheries and threatening coastal communities and ecosystems. "Scientists predict these events will become more severe and more common on the Pacific Coast, but my 'COAST Research Act' will expand the scientific research and monitoring to help communities adapt and mitigate the worst effects," said Bonamici, the co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus and Congressional Estuary Caucus.