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NOAA budget request includes $170 million for Commerce and Transportation Program

President Bush’s proposed 2007 budget, announced today, includes $170 million for NOAA’s Commerce and Transportation Program, including a net program increase of $19.5 million. NOAA’s total budget request is $3.68 billion, including a net program increase of $345 million. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, unveiled the proposed budget for the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today.

“The U.S. economy relies upon transportation to move people, cargo and commerce around the nation and around the world,” Lautenbacher said. “NOAA services have never been more important to the nation and this budget request will provide increases to ensure transportation safety, as well as environmental satellite continuity, improvements to fisheries management, and tsunami and hurricane warnings.”

The requested amount for the Commerce and Transportation Program includes an increase of $10.5 million, which will allow NOAA to collect approximately 500 additional square nautical miles of hydrographic survey data, in addition to its planned schedule for approximately 3,000 square nautical miles of hydrographic data. The request also includes $1.9 million to build and maintain digital charts for electronic navigation, and $1.8 million for two additional Navigation Response Teams for adequate regional response to emergency incidents in U.S. waterways. These teams enabled Gulf of Mexico ports to reopen quickly after the 2005 hurricanes with assurances of clear channels.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

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