NOAA Submits Proposed Recovery Plan to Congress to Help Coastal Communities

Written by on April 16, 2009 in Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA's Restoration Center Collection - East Timbalier Island, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana - Credit: NOAA Restoration Center, Erik Zobrist

NOAA's Restoration Center Collection - East Timbalier Island, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana - Credit: NOAA Restoration Center, Erik Zobrist

On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) submitted to Congress its
proposed Recovery plan to help create jobs, improve coastal communities, and protect and restore our
environment. NOAA was provided $830 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
NOAA estimates its planned expenditures will create a significant number of new jobs and strengthen the
economy, as a result of the creation of additional jobs.

NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection - Fanning Island - Photographer: Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program

NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection - Fanning Island - Photographer: Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program

Under the proposed plan, NOAA plans to invest $230 million in operations, research and facilities. $167
million of that will be designated for marine and coastal habitat restoration. These mid and large scale
restoration projects will address coral reef conservation, restoring fish habitats and helping endangered
species such as salmon and sea turtles. The projects will also contribute to the improvement of coastal
resiliency in response to sea level rise and natural hazards.

NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory Collection - Credit: NOAA Central Library OAR/ERL/National Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL)

NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory Collection - Credit: NOAA Central Library OAR/ERL/National Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL)

The proposed plan has $600 million in construction and repair of NOAA facilities, ships and equipment, to
improve weather forecasting and to support satellite development. This funding includes $170 million
to strengthen NOAA’s supercomputing capability and climate data record development — critical to
improving climate modeling and to continuing research into ways to mitigate climate change. It also
includes $142 million of funding to complete construction of NOAA’s consolidated Pacific Regional Center
on Ford Island in Honolulu, HI. This facility consolidates 12 locations in poor shape into one that will
improve operations and mission performance, and provide longer-term operational savings and
opportunities for greater program collaboration.

NOAA has established a special accountability board to manage the funding implementation, as well as
provide oversight of these projects. Programs which receive funding from the Recovery Act will be
required to establish and report on performance measures for success, as well as on schedule and cost
progress. Expenditures will be uniquely tracked, and special audits will be conducted to ensure that
taxpayer dollars are protected.

NOAA's Restoration Center Collection - Adobe Creek, Petalumsonoma County, California - Credit: NOAA Restoration Center

NOAA's Restoration Center Collection - Adobe Creek, Petalumsonoma County, California - Credit: NOAA Restoration Center

For the latest information on Recovery Act activities by NOAA and the Department of Commerce visit
www.commerce.gov/Recovery

 Copyright ©  2009 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Celia is Director of Business Operations for OceanLines LLC and is a frequent contributor to both OceanLines and Marine Science Today. She is a certified diver and her favorite topic is marine biology, especially stories about whales. .

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