02 • 15 • 2019
NOAA Funding Saved for 2019
On February 15th, 2019, Congress finalized a federal budget for fiscal year 2019 that includes level or increased funding ocean and coastal management programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In early 2018, 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 lauching 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 in national and regional outlets on what these budget cuts would mean for our nation's ocean and coastal resources. Finally, during Ocean Recreation Hill Day in Washington D.C., Surfrider members participated in over 100 visits with congressional offices in support of NOAA funding.
Congress responded by passing a spending bill for 2019 that rejects the Trump administration's proposed cuts to NOAA. In fact, the final FY 2019 budget includes slight increases 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!
Unfortunately, we expect the Presidents Budget for FY 2020 will again propose many of these damaging funding cuts to NOAA, so we are once again fighting to save critical ocean and coastal management programs.