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U.S. House approves Bill Posey’s bill to research estuary acidification

June 5, 2019
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A bill by Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey to study the acidification of estuaries including the Indian River Lagoon was approved Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Resolution 988, which was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group including fellow Indian River Lagoon-area U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican from Palm City, directs the Ocean Studies Board of National Academies to conduct a two-year study examining the science of ocean acidification and its impact on estuaries.

Besides Mast, cosponsors of HR 988 include Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg; Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz of St. Augustine Beach, wbho also represents a portion of the Indian River Lagoon; and several Democrats and Republicans from other coastal states and Puerto Rico, notably U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Oregon. Posey, Mast, and Bonamici are co-chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus.