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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

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.

August 8, 2018 Page

I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

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August 8, 2018 In The News

A California delegation in Congress has requested a major disaster declaration for the state’s wildfires, according to a statement from Congressman Jimmy Panetta released Tuesday.

The statement reads as follows:

August 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), John Garamendi (CA-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02) and other bipartisan members of the California delegation, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), in writing to the President to ask him to immediately grant California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the destructive wildfires that have hit Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties over the past two weeks.

August 2, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, immediately following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will seek to roll back current fuel economy and emissions standards and nullify California’s waiver, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined a coalition of 60 Democratic Members of Congress in announcing a resolution (H.Con.Res 130) to oppose the move.