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The central coast of California 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 want to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems 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 House of Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans and Federal Lands Subcommittees, and the Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses, to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.


More on Environment

August 16, 2017 Press Release

SALINAS – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke Executive Order 13690, signed by President Obama in January 2015. Executive Order 13690 required building standards for government-funded infrastructure projects to reduce exposure to flooding from sea level rise.

July 31, 2017 In The News

MONTEREY, Calif. - The abundance of marine life and pristine coastline are just some of the marvels of the Central Coast.

The Federal Government designated the Monterey Bay as a national marine sanctuary in 1992 to preserve and protect ocean life for generations to come.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will formally reopen the public comment period on a federal review of designations and expansions of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. The public comment period will open for an additional 15 days, starting Monday, July 31, 2017.

July 28, 2017 In The News

Monterey >> The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week it would formally reopen the public comment period on a federal review of 11 marine sanctuaries and monuments, including Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, that could open the areas to oil and gas exploration.

July 27, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON - The oil derricks off Santa Barbara can be seen from the beach, the scene of one of the nation’s worst oil spills in 1969 that inspired the first Earth Day.

July 27, 2017 In The News

If you couldn’t find the time to speak up on behalf of protecting our local coastal waters, you get a second chance.

On July 26—the day public comment on the matter was slated to close—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it would reopen the comment period, from July 31-Aug. 14, on Trump’s Executive Order 13795.

July 26, 2017 In The News

The same communities that fought for decades to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling have renewed their battle calls as the Trump administration considers opening 3,500 square miles of state waters to energy development.

Residents and local leaders from Santa Barbara to Mendocino, backed by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris as well as Gov. Jerry Brown, are waging a statewide campaign to halt any downsizing of 11 national marine sanctuaries and monuments, including four in California.

July 25, 2017 In The News

Update: The public comment will be re-opened on Monday, July 31st.  It will end on Monday, August 14th.

Wednesday is the last day to submit a public comment on a Presidential Executive Order on ocean energy exploration, which includes a review of part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

July 19, 2017 In The News

The comment period ends July 26 for an executive order President Donald Trump signed April 28 that could weaken protections for 11 national marine sanctuaries and monuments. 

The order calls for a review of all sanctuaries and monuments that were designated and expanded since April 28, 2007, exactly 10 years before Trump gave the order. 

July 12, 2017 In The News
The legislation to open the 63,000-acre area and designate a wilderness area was unanimously approved and now heads to Senate