On Earth Day, Rep. Luria weighs in on effects of climate change in Hampton Roads

Posted at 8:36 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 20:36:56-04

NORFOLK, Va. - With it being Earth Day, Congresswoman Elaine Luria says it’s an important time to reflect on how important the environment is.

Luria says most of us in Hampton Roads see the effects of sea level rise and flooding first hand, but she’s also concerned about its impact on a wider scale.

She says her focus right now is how climate change could impact national security, especially in our area with the world’s largest naval base.

Luria says she’s also working on improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

“We’re surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, and so right here at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, another thing that Earth Day makes me reflect on is specifically the fact that we need to maintain the health of the bay. We’ve been successful this year in getting $85 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay,” Luria told us.

That's about $12 million more than the previous year.