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Predicting landslides: Western lawmakers want better ways to save communities

Predicting landslides: Western lawmakers want better ways to save communities

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Washington, DC, April 3, 2017 | comments

A bipartisan group of Western lawmakers want to find a better way to help communities protect themselves from landslides.

The National Landslide Preparedness Act aims to fill in the gaps in scientific knowledge about which areas of the country face potential landslides by increasing the amount of data available on areas at risk for landslides and help communities build infrastructure to protect themselves.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in the Senate and Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., in the House, would require the Interior Department to come up with a National Landslide Reduction Program with a strategy that would work across federal agencies.

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