10 March 2015
President 2016 Budget Proposed $1.2 Billion of the USGS
The president’s 2016 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey is $1.2 billion. This reflects the vital role the USGS plays in advancing the president’s ongoing commitment to scientific discovery. It also deals with the sustainable economic growth, natural resource management, and science-based decision-making. The request for the budget is to go towards the USGS in the leading edge of earth science research. It includes landscape level understanding of ecosystems, and the development of new information responding to climate change, water quality issues, and natural hazards. The budget would also go to fund in science to support the nation’s energy resources. The USGS is a strong 16 year legacy for having reliable science to decision-making. The budget will increase the 2015 budget to $14.5 million to support sustainable water management. As the need for water resources increase it makes it harder for farmers, energy productions, and community water supplies are lowered. The budget will increase the funding across several USGS mission areas which will support resource managers relating with water quality and the ecosystems. This includes $3.2 million increase for science to understand about the drought, a $4 million increase for water use information, a $2.5 million increase in study ecological water flows, a $1.3 million increase for stream flow, and a $1.0 million increase to advance the national groundwater monitoring network. This budget will also allow for $9.6 million in programs to increase energy, minerals, and environmental health. This will support the sustainable development of oil and gas resources, energy sources, and earth elements. It will increase $1 million for mineral resources. They will study the continuous life-cycle analysis for critical minerals as earth elements and to develop new science tools to reduce mineral extractions. The budget will also increase $6.6 million to enact the levels of natural hazardous science. This will also be an increase of $4.9 million to expand the global science network for earthquake monitoring, and nuclear treaty verification monitoring. They will have a $1.7 million increase for space weather. An increase of $37.8 to provide data and tools to help land and resource managers to make decisions about landscaping. There will be a budget of $1.8 million for the nation’s ecosystem services, and $1.1 million increase for the big earth data initiative that will make high-value data sets easier to discover, access and use. The USGS plays an important role in conducting research and developing information and tools to support communities in understanding, preparing for, and responding to the impacts of global change. The budget includes a $6.8 million increase in science for adaption and resilience planning, and an increase of $2.3 million for the USGS to provide interagency coordination of regional climate science activities across the nation. The USGS is also going to support the community resilience toolkit, which is web-based clearinghouse of data, tools, shared applications and best practices for resource managers, decision-makers and the public. The budget that the president is proposing is for many different aspects for the environment and different parts of the world.