The US President’s proposed USD 1.1 billion budget for the U.S. Geological Survey in 2012 emphasizes cost-containment and program savings while investing in research and development programs to restore and protect the nation’s lands and waters for future generations. To address the President’s priority on fiscal responsibility, the USGS 2012 budget makes vital investments in research and development and ecosystem restoration.
The budget also finds difficult reductions within programs such as regional assessments of groundwater quantity and quality, toxic substances research on the nation’s waters, the Water Resources Research Act program, the National Biological Information Infrastructure, the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation program, the National Cooperative Geological Mapping program, research to establish the limits of the extended outer continental shelf, and the climate effects network.
America’s Great Outdoors is the President’s signature conservation initiative. The goal of the initiative is to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of some of the nation’s most significant ecosystems. The USGS plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, working in collaboration with other Department of the Interior bureaus and Federal agencies. Particular focus is given to the important and iconic ecosystems, with targeted increases for the Chesapeake Bay (+USD4.6 million), Great Lakes (+USD3.5 million), Columbia River (+USD1.4 million), Upper Mississippi River (+USD1.0 million) and Puget Sound (+1.5 million). This includes the USGS’ role in the Asian Carp Control Framework to detect and understand this invasive fish and develop chemical control tools.
The Department of the Interior has substantial coastal and ocean resource management responsibilities and a critical role in implementing the Administration's National Ocean Policy. The USGS will continue leading the development of a national information management system for coastal, oceanic and Great Lake resources. This involves conducting a number of efforts important in managing resources with other Federal, State, tribal, and regional partners. Efforts include constructing a prototype Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Internet portal for the Gulf of Mexico, developing modeling tools to forecast coastal vulnerability to projected sea level rise and predicted coastal storms, and establishing data standards and undertaking gap analysis to target future priority data collection activities.