During a briefing for stakeholders on the President’s FY 2017 budget request for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), the office highlighted a planned expansion of the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants.
The $15 million increase in funding for these grants would address resilience challenges faced by U.S. coastal areas, such as extreme weather events. These grants would also fund habitat restoration, ultimately supporting healthy fish populations and protected species.
The $5 million increase for ecosystem-based solutions used for coastal resilience (an integrated initiative with NOAA Fisheries) will facilitate integrate ecosystem–based solutions into post-disaster rebuilding, resilient coastal development, and hazard mitigation by coastal planners. Overall, the President’s FY 2017 budget request for NOS is $569,915,000 (a net increase of $23,152,000 in program changes from FY 2016), and makes important investments in increasing resiliency in our nation’s coastal areas.