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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [pdf] was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.”
The Recovery Act provides a total of $830 million in funding to NOAA. Funding includes $230 million for habitat restoration, navigation projects, vessel maintenance, and other activities. An additional $430 million will be dedicated for construction and repair of NOAA facilities, ships and equipment, improvements for weather forecasting and satellite development. A total of $170 million also will be directed for climate modeling activities, including supercomputing procurement and research into climate change.
In August 2009 Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced $40 million for critical hydrographic survey and chart projects across the United States that strengthen the economy, create jobs, and support safe and efficient marine commerce and trade.
Recovery Act funding will be used to conduct 39 surveys, charting nearly 2,000 square nautical miles in the Chesapeake Bay, and in the coastal waters of Alaska, Washington, California, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. Using the latest technologies, surveyors map the sea floor, measure the water depth, search the ocean for storm debris or accident wreckage, and record the natural features of coastal seabeds and fragile aquatic life.
These and other NOAA Recovery Act projects are now available in an interactive web-based map.
In February 2009, NOAA received $167 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to jumpstart the nation’s economy by creating thousands of jobs through coastal habitat restoration. On June 30, NOAA announced that it had selected 50 high quality, high priority projects to support more than 5,000 jobs and restore U.S. coasts on a grand scale.
These projects will restore wetlands, salt marsh, oyster and coral reefs, as well as remove fish passage barriers on coastal rivers and streams. In addition to improving the environment, these efforts will restore fisheries and support more resilient coasts in the face of climate change.
You can view the projects and track our progress using the Restoration Atlas, a new interactive Web-based map. You'll find information about ecological impacts, jobs created, and partners, as well as photos and video.
Details on how the Recovery Act funds will be allocated, along with other relevant plans and reports, as they become available.
Applications for funding will be accepted once instructions are posted for specific competitions. Links will be provided here as soon as these details are available.
Central federal government funding Web sites: Grants.gov, FBO.gov,