USGS 1999 Budget Emphasizes Clean Water, Disaster Information, Species And Habitat Research


The FY 1999 budget proposal also includes a $7.1 million savings from government reinvention initiatives.

Highlights of the FY 99 budget include:

  • A $16.5 million increase to support the Clean Water and Watershed Restoration Initiative, which is designed to improve the health of aquatic systems in all of the nation's watersheds. USGS contributions will support federal, state, tribal and local government efforts to improve water quality. Specific components of the increase will enable USGS to evaluate nutrient loads and transport in major rivers and ground-water systems,including a specific focus on contributors to hypoxia and toxic algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal waters; determine the influence of land-use practices and pollution sources on water quality and ecosystems of rivers and coastal estuaries; provide data to help states determine the Total Maximum Daily Loads as required by the Clean Water Act; provide improved water-quality monitoring and assessment for watersheds in our national parks; develop state geo-environmental maps that will help the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies plan for remediation of the effects of past mining practices on water quality; provide the Bureau of Reclamation with information that will improve its ability to manage water quality and biological resources in 20 high-priority Western watersheds;and assess optimal approaches for pesticide monitoring in water-supply wells.

  • A $7 million increase to support the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to provide information to the public on the quality of drinking water in 86 of America's major cities.

  • An increase of $15 million for a multi-agency program for the integration of natural disaster-related information and its dissemination to emergency managers and others who can take action to reduce disaster losses. Robust computer and broadcast networks will be established that can operate during all phases

Contact: Trudy Harlow
United States Geological Survey

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