The environment is a treasure that must be pristine for our generation and future generations to enjoy.
* I, along with Congresswoman Lois Capps of California, founded the National Marine Sanctuary Caucus. This caucus is a bi-partisan group that promotes the necessity of national marine sanctuaries and their positive effect on the environment.
* I co-sponsored the Coral Reef Preservation Act, which would provide federal funds to research into coral reef protection.
* Last year, I dove to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in the Florida Keys where I took part in a live question and answer session with schoolchildren while underwater.
* I worked closely with local, state, and Federal officials to combat beach erosion. Due to these efforts, the Army Corps of Engineers will import sand to our beaches to combat erosion, which could also threaten our local economy.