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GLTF FYI - Appropriations Update
The House Full Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce,
Justice State and Judiciary Appropriations bill on July 15. The House
held its Subcommittee markup of the Transportation Appropriations bill
on July 16. Full Committee markup of the Transportation
Appropriations bill is scheduled for July 23.
The House Appropriations Committee provided a commitment to continued
operation of the Icebreaker Mackinaw plus an additional $6 million for
design of a replacement vessel.
The House Report includes language prohibiting fees for Coast Guard
Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Program $3 million
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation $11.496 million
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE APPROPRIATIONS
National Coastal Zone Mgmt. Program $52.7 million
+$2 million Non-Point Source
The Committee did not approve separate funds for the Section 309
program, but instead indicated that up to 20% ($10.54 million) of the
Section 206 funds could be used for this program.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System $4.3 million
Coastal Ocean Program $19 million
Marine Sanctuaries $15 million
National Sea Grant College Program $59 million
Includes $2.8 million for zebra mussel research. Report
language includes the GLTF request language regarding the study
of human health risks from pathogens in ballast.
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory $6.825 million
The Committee did not approve the transfer of GLERL from OAR to NOS
Great Lakes Fishery Commission $8.353 million
International Joint Commission $3.189 million
More complete information including comparison to FY 1998 funding can
be located at the NE-MW homepage - http://www.nemw.org/
Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force