FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tim Tomastik
The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has requested a budget of $2.5 billion for fiscal year 2000, a 13 percent increase of about $290 million over the current appropriation.
The increase is slated to extend NOAA's many accomplishments in 1998, from issuing weather and climate forecasts during a strong El Niño season, to managing our Nation's ocean and marine resources, which culminated in last year's National Ocean Conference in Monterey, Calif. It will also support a number of departmental, interagency and presidential initiatives.
"The extreme weather events caused by last year's El Niño and this year's La Niña put NOAA on prominent display to the public, and we more than met the challenge," said D. James Baker, NOAA administrator and under secretary for oceans and atmosphere. "NOAA scientists provided a six-month forecast for El Niño, an advance warning that allowed emergency managers, businesses, communities and individuals to prepare for the strong storms it brought. These forecasts saved countless lives and many billions in property. This budget allows NOAA to build on these achievements and meet the challenges of the coming years."
NOAA's mission of environmental stewardship was also carried out in its strong efforts to protect the Nation's natural resources. In 1998, NOAA developed innovative partnerships with the states of Washington, Oregon, and California to protect and recover at-risk Pacific salmon and steelhead species. More than 800 national leaders, members of Congress, researchers, and other interested stakeholders attended the National Ocean Conference, and were joined by an additional 1,000 parties over nationwide satellite downlinks.
The President's Budget Request also allows NOAA to perform an essential role in a number of departmental, interagency and presidential initiatives, including the Lands Legacy Initiative, the Year of the Ocean Initiative, the Climate in the 21st Century Initiative, the Clean Water Initiative, the Natural Disaster Reduction Initiative, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, and building the capacity of the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Compared with the FY 2000 base, significant resource changes in the FY 2000 budget include:
The budget request also provides funding for some anticipated inflationary changes, such as the FY 2000 pay raise.
NOAA's FY 2000 budget request is available
on the Internet at http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/budget2000