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Ocean Observation Reauthorization Moves Forward

S.1866, the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act, would reauthorize the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), which provides data on the oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes.


In addition, the bill calls for a national ocean acidification monitoring strategy to prioritize investments in ocean acidification sensors to areas that need it most; directs NOAA and the National Science Foundation to invest in adaptation and mitigation research to understand how to make coastal economies more resilient to the threat of ocean acidification; charges the Advisory Committee with conducting studies on surface current mapping, AUVs, sediment monitoring and sound; changes the names of the Regional Associations from Regional Information Coordinating Entities to Regional Coastal Observing Systems; and includes a provision to expand the installation of high frequency radar stations, which are part of the IOOS network. Appropriations for the next five years are authorized as “such sums as may be necessary.”

Additionally, the Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act (S.1935), was passed. It would create a voluntary Resilient Waterfront Community designation within the Department of Commerce, recognizing communities that adopt a waterfront revitalization and resiliency plan integrating economic, ecosystem, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities. In addition, the bill would create a grant program to provide funding to develop and implement a Resilient Waterfront Community plan.

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