Today's Science for America's Tomorrow: the USGS FY 2001 Budget

The President has proposed a budget of $895 million for the Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 2001. The FY 2001 budget reflects an $82 million net increase over FY 2000 enacted funding.

"These increases will enable USGS to provide reliable scientific information and tools to help managers and policymakers accurately forecast tomorrow, for better decisions today," said Dr. Charles Groat, USGS Director. "When this budget is enacted, USGS will be able to respond to the critical needs expressed by communities, stakeholders, government agencies and other organizations in response to the ever-greater demands being put on our natural resources. Understanding the delicate balance between the earth's natural resources and America's need for continued growth will enable us to make better decisions for future generations' enjoyment of this precious land."

The FY 2001 budget highlights the relevance of USGS science to improved understanding of the changing world. Specifically, USGS core programs will be expanded. Organized in four over-arching initiatives, they are described below:

Safer Communities

"The costs of natural disasters -- in terms of lives lost, homes destroyed and economies disrupted -- have skyrocketed in the past few decades as our population has grown and moved into marginal areas that are vulnerable to earthquakes, hurricanes, and other geophysical hazards," Groat stated. "And these costs will continue to rise in the future, unless we change our approach."

With an increase of $7.1 million, USGS will update portions of the national earthquake monitoring network; expand real-time monitoring of volcanoes in Alaska; and upgrade the streamgaging network focusing on the Appalachian region, the Lower Mississippi Delta and the West Coast.

"In the past year alone, we have seen disastrous earthquakes in Turkey and Taiwan, hurricanes and floods that devastated the east coast, and landslides th

Contact: Trudy Harlow
United States Geological Survey

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