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Question

What is NOAA doing to promote economic and job growth in the U.S. through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

Answer

NOAA received a total of $830 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. President Obama signed the Recovery Act on Feb. 17, 2009, in an effort to jumpstart the economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing other long-neglected national issues.

Recovery Act funding for NOAA includes $230 million for habitat restoration, navigation projects, vessel maintenance and other activities. An additional $430 million is dedicated to construction and repair of NOAA facilities, ships and equipment, improvements for weather forecasting and satellite development. A total of $170 million is also directed to climate modeling activities, including supercomputing procurement and climate change research. These projects will create thousands of jobs for Americans, ranging from construction and scientific research to office administration and high tech computing.

Through September 2009, NOAA has awarded $524 million for Recovery Act projects including fifty habitat restoration projects, the construction of a new NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Fairbanks, Alaska, and hydrographic surveys in eight critical areas of the nation.

You can track NOAA’s Habitat Restoration Recovery Act projects online and by state using NOAA’s Restoration Atlas interactive map. Details on how the Recovery Act funds will be allocated, along with other relevant plans and reports, also are available online.

This month’s expert: David Miller, NOAA Communications and External Affairs.

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