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7/1/05
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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION FOR THE CREATION OF NEW OCEAN SCIENCES LABORATORY IN MAINE
Grant Will Support Bigelow Ocean Research Facility

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $1,464,375 grant to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to support the purchase of and preliminary plans for a new ocean research campus.

The 67-acre plot of waterfront land in East Boothbay, Maine will be the new home to Bigelow Laboratory facilities upon its completion in 2006. The Laboratory will move from a 19,500 square-foot facility on 1.5 acres of leased land to a new 55,000 square-foot building complex on its own 67-acre property. The new facilities will include a computer center, teaching laboratories, a wet lab with running seawater, and teleconferencing capabilities.

In addition, the new location will have a deep-water dock allowing research ships to dock directly at Bigelow, making it the only research facility in Maine with ship support capability. With the extra space, Bigelow will be able to nearly double its current staff and number of laboratories, as well as build a visitor’s center and provide nature trails.

“This grant will give the Bigelow Laboratory the resources that it needs to further study the coastal areas of Maine and to link this community with the growing field of international ocean science,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The Bigelow Laboratory supports NOAA’s mission by providing education about the oceans and effective communication of research findings that are essential to fostering public understanding and support for responsible ocean stewardship.”

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific, education, 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 goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 35 years.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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