2018 federal budget might not support NOAA grants

Pres. Donald J. Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would eliminate National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant and education programs, according to documents published by the White House.

NOAA apparently received $262 million in grant and education programs in 2017 but won’t receive any money for the same in 2018.

“The budget proposes to eliminate funding for several lower priority, and in many cases, unauthorized, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant and education programs, including Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Coastal Zone Management Grants, the Office of Education, and the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. These eliminations would allow NOAA to better target remaining resources to core missions and services,” Trump’s 2018 budget proposal stated.

“These grant and education programs generally support State, local, and/or industry interests, and these entities may choose to continue some of this work with their own funding. In addition, these grants often are not optimally targeted, in many instances favoring certain species or geographic areas over others or distributing funds by formula rather than directing them to programs and projects with the greatest need or potential benefit,” the budget proposal continued.

The proposal must gain congressional approval before taking effect. Of course much can change during the legislative process, so funding for NOAA’s grant and education programs could still be included in next year’s budget.

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