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.

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

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.