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12 • 21 • 2019

NOAA’s Budget Saved for 2021

On December 27th, 2020, the President signed a federal budget for fiscal year 2021 that includes level or increased funding ocean and coastal management programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In early 2020, the Trump administration released a federal budget proposal that included major cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the lead federal agency responsible for managing our nation’s ocean and coasts, as well monitoring weather and climate. Specific programs that were targeted for elimination included coastal zone management, coastal resilience, national estuarine reserves, and Sea Grant.
Surfrider responded by launching a national campaign to defend NOAA from these drastic budget cuts. We urged our grassroots network to contact their federal representatives in support of NOAA funding. We generated media coverage across the U.S. on what these budget cuts would mean for our nation's ocean and coastal resources. Finally, during Coastal Recreation Hill Day in Washington D.C., Surfrider members participated in 125 visits with congressional offices in support of NOAA funding.
Congress responded by passing a spending bill for 2021 that rejects the Trump administration's proposed cuts to NOAA. The final FY 2021 budget includes critical support for the National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Thanks to everyone who spoke out in support of ocean and coastal management!

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