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On November 13, The House and Senate approved the final appropriations
conference reports. Of particular interest to the Great Lakes region:
Thanks to efforts of the Great Lakes delegation and supporting letters to
conferees, the conference report preserved the Senate allocation of $6
million for the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (NOAA/GLERL).
National Sea Grant received $56 million, an increase of 3% over FY 1997
The Marine Sanctuaries program received a substantial funding increase
(20%) bringing the program allocation to $14 million. This level should
provide sufficient funds to proceed with the designation of the first Great
Lakes sanctuary, at Thunder Bay.
The Coastal Ocean Program also received a substantial infusion (13%)
bringing the program total to $17.2 million.
The National Coastal Zone Management Program grants program received an
increase (8%) in funding, bringing the program total to $49.7 million.
The Great Lakes Fishery Commission received level funding - $8.353 million.
The International Joint Commision received a small cut (1%) at a funding
level of $3.189 million.
For more information contact:
Senate Great Lakes Task Force