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The central coast of California is home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.

As your Congressman, I am working to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems and the effects of a changing climate such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.

I will continue to work with my fellow members of Congress on the bipartisan Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.


More on Environment

December 12, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY — The U.S. House of Representatives this week unanimously passed maritime legislation that aims to advance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ability to use drone technology to support at-sea research and operations.

Dubbed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology Act (CENOTE), the legislation that was co-authored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, will advance NOAA’s use of unmanned maritime systems, encourage private sector research and development and ensure that maritime data is readily available and reliable.

December 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act.  Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) co-authored and introduced the House draft of the bill with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).

October 26, 2018 In The News

In the World's Salad Bowl, the sun rises and sets on the production of lettuce, cauliflower, garlic, almonds and grapes, among others.

Thanks to the gradual warming of the atmosphere, though, driven by climate change, many of those crops could be at risk, as are the livelihoods of those who farm, produce and pick them, said Maribel Adonian, co-leader of The Citizens' Climate Lobby.

October 20, 2018 In The News

Ocean and environmental protection have traditionally had bipartisan support. President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, championed national parks. Richard Nixon signed legislation that established national marine sanctuaries. George H.W. Bush, who’d been in the offshore oil business, approved the largest boundary under consideration for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary closing the door on drilling while his son, George W. Bush, approved a 140,000-square-mile marine monument off the Hawaiian Islands, later expanded four-fold by Barack Obama.

October 6, 2018 In The News

MOSS LANDING — As Congressman Jimmy Panetta stepped up on the podium at a ceremony last week at Hester Marsh, pelicans glided behind him to a landing near bobbing otters. The flurry of wildlife underlined Panetta’s message of just how crucial wetland habitat is.

“We want to show the importance of Elkhorn Slough not just to the Central Coast, but to the world,” Panetta told the crowd of scientists, activists, and politicians.

October 5, 2018 In The News

MOSS LANDING — The wildlife of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve made itself known Friday morning to a crowd celebrating the site’s designation as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.

Seabirds of various sizes and shapes passed by the ceremony, held at the reserve’s Hester Marsh. Marine life swam through the slough itself and as Congressman Jimmy Panetta began to speak, a flock of pelicans flew in formation right overhead.

August 26, 2018 In The News

SANTA CRUZ >> A June executive order by President Donald Trump that revoked former President Barack Obama’s ocean policy and prioritized energy production and economic gains over marine sustainability has drawn ire, and some action, from scientists, lawmakers and environmental groups spanning the Monterey Bay.

August 25, 2018 In The News

ELKHORN — The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve received a $685,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

The grant will fund improvements to the Reserve’s Visitor Center, including the construction of a redesigned parking lot and walkway to improve accessibility. The new parking lot will better support traffic flow from the entrance gate and create a designated school bus drop off area.

August 21, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve received a $685,000.00 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).  These funds will support Phase II of the Reserve’s Visitor Services Enhancement Project.

August 21, 2018 In The News

North Monterey County >> Visitors to the Elkhorn Slough will see a number of improvements thanks to a federal grant.

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is planning to spend a $685,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association on a second phase of its visitor services enhancement project, including upgraded parking and walkway, a designated school bus drop off area, and a water catchment system.