- 2013 USGS Budget Request: $1.1 billion (+$34.5 million)
- 2013 USGS Ecosystems Activity Request: $177.9 million (+$16.6 million)
The budget for the United State Geological Survey (USGS) would increase by 3.2 percent in FY 2013. According to USGS budget documents: “The budget prioritizes programs that are unique to USGS, have national impact, and reduces or redirects funding to support these activities.” The requested funding provides $73.2 million in targeted increases for ecosystems, climate variability, natural hazards, core science systems, and other programs. These increases would be partially offset by program reductions to several water programs, mineral resources, agency administration, and facilities.
The Ecosystems activity within USGS would receive an increase of $16.6 million (+10.3 percent). The new funding would be spread across all six programmatic areas: Status and Trends (+$0.2 million); Fisheries (+$4.5 million); Wildlife (+$1.2 million); Terrestrial, Freshwater and Marine Environments (+$5.8 million); Invasive Species (+$4.6 million); and the Cooperative Research Units (+$0.2 million). Included in the proposed funding are additional funds for ecosystem restoration science in the Chesapeake Bay and California Bay-Delta, research to control and manage invasive species such as Asian carp and Burmese pythons, and further studies on white-nose syndrome in bats.
The proposed budget for the USGS includes an increase of $8.8 million above the FY 2012 enacted level for climate variability science. The budget request fully funds the eight operational Climate Science Centers. The centers provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that natural resource managers can use to monitor and adapt to environmental changes. Also included in an increase of $6.6 million for science in support of activities at other Interior bureaus.
A new initiative on Science for Coastal and Ocean Stewardship would receive an increase of $6.8 million to “support priority objectives of the National Ocean Policy in the areas of marine and coastal science, resource and vulnerability assessments, ecosystem-based management, adaptation to climate change, and providing science-based tools to inform policy and management.”
The Water Resources activity would be funded at $209.8 million (-$4.8 million). The request includes $13.0 million in additional funding for water availability and use assessment, but reduces spending on the Cooperative Water program by $4.7 million, and cuts $6.5 million from the Water Resources Research Act program.
Additional funding is proposed for science to support Interior’s New Energy Frontier initiative, and $13.0 million in increased funding is included to address priority science issues related to hydraulic fracturing. A $1.0 million increase is proposed for research related to wind energy development.
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