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Grant Supports National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration granted $831,829 to the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium to continue the administration and execution of the Urbanization and Southeastern Estuarine Systems program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The grant will support the USES project’s current objectives including evaluating the potential impacts associated with increasing resort community and residential development in the coastal zone of the Southeast, removing the biological and chemical contaminants resultant from land uses along the coast of the Southeast, and developing a model for prediction of shellfish harvesting closures.

“Balancing the need for sustainable development with the protection and management of coastal resources is a core principle within NOAA,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant allows the local government to manage its coastal resources while actively supporting efforts that reinforce NOAA and the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment.”

The primary goals of USES research are to characterize and delineate the impact of multiple stresses resulting from urbanization on high salinity estuaries, and to develop models that will provide a scientifically valid basis for making land-use management decisions in the coastal zone.

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA’s goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 34 years.

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