PRESERVING OUR VITAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS
While serving in the Massachusetts legislature, Bill wrote and passed safe water legislation that continues to protect the Commonwealth’s fragile lakes, streams and wetlands from chemical pollution to this day. He is committed to protecting the diverse ecosystems of Southeast Massachusetts with the same passion.
While in Congress, Bill has strongly opposed repeated attacks on environmental protections that have a direct impact on water and food quality and would have severe health and economic implications. Our region relies heavily on the tourism industry and, to ensure its vitality, our beaches need to be pristine, our water needs to be clean, and our fish and shellfish need a toxin-free ecosystem. Further, the surrounding waters of Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Nantucket Sound, and the nearby Gulf of Maine are a direct resource of knowledge about our ocean’s ecosystems, the escalating consequences of climate change, and the impacts of human activity on marine life. For this reason, he has been a staunch advocate for tax credits and programs that promote the thriving research and development sector in Massachusetts.
He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy projects, which will create jobs and lower our energy costs while protecting our environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Bill knows that investments in green technologies and renewable energies are a direct investment in our regional economy.
Bill is a member of the House Oceans Caucus, the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.
- Supports Cape Wind, the first commercial-scale offshore wind facility in the country, which will provide approximately three-quarters of the electricity used by residents of the Cape and Islands, and has assisted the project obtain a critical loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to move forward. Cape Wind will create over 1000 regional jobs.
- Original supporter of the Southern New England Coast Estuary Network to tackle the problem of waste water from a regional perspective, and has worked with Senator Reed and EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding in furtherance of this issue.
- Secured $1 million in funding to preserve the Cape wetlands, in addition to $3.7 million to increase flow from Parkers River into Swan Pond in Yarmouth.
- Secured $203,034 for water and waste disposal in Provincetown through US Department of Agriculture.
- Secured $2.7 million to the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program – which previously had only been funded for $1 million – to respond to distressed or stranded marine mammals. Without this program, the cost of responding to or recovering these mammals from our beaches would fall squarely on local taxpayers.
- Worked with the Army Corp of Engineers to secure the dredging needs of ports and navigational channels within the district. Bill ensured that Hyannis Harbor received the emergency dredging needed to keep ferries and boats traveling between the Cape and Islands – a critical link in regional commerce.
- Fought for federal disaster relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist coastal towns respond to the damages wrought by Superstorm Sandy and future storms.