Protecting State Priorities and State-Federal Partnerships

The Coastal States Organization strongly urges Congress to fund NOAA programs that directly benefit states, territories, and the nation.

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Coastal management is our national interest, and it is essential that Congress continue to support key programs dedicated to protecting that interest. State and local governments depend on Coastal Zone Management Programs to facilitate on-the-ground management and science.

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Coastal Management Grants Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Grants directly fund state and territory coastal zone management programs. These cooperative agreements provide the money necessary for states to perform permitting and planning, as well as create policy that addresses national coastal and ocean priorities Congress funded Regional Coastal Resilience (RCR) Grants in FY15 at $5 million, and in FY16 the President is requesting an additional $45 million. These grants will support the implementation of activities that enhance resilience of coastal communities to storm and flood risks.
Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and Services These appropriations enable NOAA to provide administrative, planning, and technical support to regionally-driven coastal management strategies. This includes the Offi ce of Coastal Resources Management, Coastal Services Center and Coastal Storms Program. In the President’s FY16 Budget, NOAA requests a total increase of $11.78 million for the creation of an AmeriCorps Resilience Corps Pilot Program ($2M); to develop Ecosystem Solutions for Coastal Resilience ($5M); and to increase Capacity to Respond to Extreme Events ($4.78M).
National Estuarine Research Reserve System NERRS partners with states and territories to ensure long-term education, stewardship, and research on estuarine habitats, supporting management of coastal water quality and practical solutions for coastal communities. (ORF): $23.9M (PAC): $1.7M
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science NCCOS provides cutting-edge research, scientifi c information, and tools that help balance the Nation’s ecological, social and economic goals, in partnership with scientists and managers at local, state and national levels.
National Marine Sanctuaries The Offi ce of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the federal trustee for a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and one Marine National Monument. Community-based advisory councils, representing state and local stakeholders, provide advice to the superintendent on sanctuary management and operations. (ORF): $55M (PAC):$5.5M
Integrated Ocean Observing System IOOS is a Federal-regional partnership providing quality science-based ocean, coasta and Great Lakes information to stakeholders and decisionmakers at local, tribal, state, regional, and national levels.
Coral Reef Conservation Program CRCP provides critical funding to states and territories to support Local Action Strategies that protect these productive and endangered habitats. The deliverables are on-the-ground management and conservation planning strategies.
National Sea Grant College Program Sea Grant’s mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment. A network of 33 Sea Grant programs across the country perform research, extension and education activities.