A tide of information on politics, environment, and ocean issues

News and information from Washington, DC

A few enviro agency blurbs from the White House 2011 budget

leave a comment »

Below are a few of the summaries for a handful of environmentally important agencies.  Analysis still pending……


DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE:
There will be an overall reduction of DOC’s budget to $9.1 billion to the agency, a 34.4 percent decline.
DOC/NOAA summary:
“Supports Improvements in Weather Forecasting, Climate Monitoring, Fisheries Management, and Ocean Programs. The Budget maintains continuity of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite coverage needed for monitoring weather and climate by providing over $2 billion to fund the development and acquisition of NOAA’s polar orbiting and geo-stationary weather satellite systems, satellite-borne measurements of sea level and other climate variables, and other space-based observations. The Budget supports enhancements to climate science and services, including improved modeling and assessments at global and regional levels. The Budget advances the President’s National Ocean Policy with funding for coastal zone management and planning, competitive grants in support of regional ocean partnerships, integrated ecosystem assessments, catch-share based fisheries management, and research on ocean acidification.”

The President proposes a budget increase for NOAA, increasing its 2010 budget of $4,853 million to a FY2011 level of $5,554 million.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR:
A reduction from $12.15 billion in 2010 to $12.04 billion next year.

“Funding Highlights:

Promotes renewable energy development on Federal lands and waters with the goal of permitting at least 9,000 megawatts of energy capacity on Department of the Interior lands by the end of 2011.

Stays on track to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund programs by 2014 by providing nearly $620 million to acquire new lands for national parks, forests and refuges, protect endangered species habitat, and promote outdoor recreation.

Helps Federal land managers address the impact of climate change by expanding the Department’s science capability to develop vital decision support tools.

Improves the return to taxpayers from U.S. mineral production through royalty reforms and industry fees.

Strengthens Native American communities with funds to enhance the management capacity of tribal governments and improve coordination between Federal agencies on law enforcement.

Prepares responsibly for wildfires with full funding for suppression and a contingency reserve fund.

Promotes water conservation and science while balancing competing water resource needs.”

Notable summary highlights include:
“Establishes Climate Science Centers.
Managing ecosystems and wildlife habitat that are facing the impact of climate change requires reliable data on changes, supporting science, and tools to bring these together to inform land management decisions. DOI is establishing a framework, which includes Climate Science Centers that will focus on the impact of climate change on a broad array of Departmental resources. The Budget includes an increase of $14 million for these Centers to provide land managers with vital decision support tools based on the latest
science.”

“Conserves Landscapes and Ecosystems.
The Administration continues its commitment to acquire and conserve landscapes and ecosystems that lack adequate protection with increased funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Budget provides an increase of $106 million, or 31 percent, for LWCF programs in DOI that protect Federal lands for wildlife and public enjoyment and provide State grants for park and recreational improvements.
Total LWCF funding for the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior is nearly $620 million, keeping the Administration on track to fully fund LWCF programs at $900 million by 2014. In addition, the Budget proposes to reauthorize and expand DOI’s authority under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, so that the proceeds from the sale of low-conservation value lands may be used to acquire additional high-priority conservation lands.”

US Fish And Wildlife Service will have a modest reduction in funding from 1,647 million in 2010 to 1,642 million in 2011.

The National Park Service will experience a reduction from $2,791 million in 2010 to $2,759 in 2011.

USGS will see a budget increase of $21 million, up from its 2010 level of $1,112 million.

Minerals Management Service will see a $9 million increase to a FY2011 level of $190 million.

A list of additional agencies whose budgets have an impact on environmental and ocean issues will be coming soon….

13 mins and holding
Advertisements

Written by Will Nuckols

February 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Posted in Environmental news

Tagged with , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: