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DC Download: July 2022

Jul 28, 2022

FY 2023 budgets are working their way through Congress. In late June, the House Appropriations Subcommittee marked the NERRS Operations Research, and Facilities (ORF) budget at $31.2M—a $1.5M increase over FY 2022. NERRS Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction (PAC) was marked at $7.5M—a $1M increase over FY 2022. The next step is for the full House to vote on the bill.

The House bill included the following language: The Committee supports this important partnership between NOAA and the coastal States and Territories that protects and studies estuarine systems and encourages the continued expansion of the network. In addition, the bill specified that up to 50% of matching funds for PAC and all (or a portion of) match for NERRS operations could be waived.

And just today: Senate Appropriations Chair Leahy (VT) has released his funding proposals, which have not yet gone through committee (bill summary). The Commerce, Justice, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has marked the NERRS Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF) budget at $34.5M—a $4.8M increase over FY 2022. The Senate bill also includes language that provides for an up to 50% waiver of state match. We are waiting to learn how much the bill has marked for NERRS PAC. NERRA again asks all friends and partners to voice their support for the NERRA funding request as the House and Senate work to reconcile their bills.

The bipartisan Resilient Coasts and Estuaries Act, HR 7801, introduced by Representatives Levin (CA) and Mast (FL) was heard by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife on June 16, 2022. NERRA submitted a letter in support of the bill, and is appreciative for the co-sponsors: Salazar (FL), Porter (CA), Bonamici (OR), González-Colón (PR), Blumenauer (OR), Van Drew (NJ), Blunt Rochester (D), and Graves (LA).

NERRA is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act—the legislation that led to the creation of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Want more Reserve stories delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter.

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