Slowly but surely, Washington moves
Reauthorization of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 is moving forward in both the House and the Senate. Senators Wicker (R-MS) and Cantwell (D-WA) introduced S 1886 – Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act – in July. The bill is expected to be marked up by the Senate’s Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee in early December. Click here to see a list of cosponsors and updates. In the House, Representative Young (R-AK) and Sablan (Ind- MP) introduced HR 2744 – Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments. The House bill currently has 26 cosponsors. Click here to see an updated list of cosponsors.
Prior to the ICOOS Act of 2009, there was not a coordinated approach to coastal ocean observing system. Coastal data was collected by multiple Federal, tribal, state and local agencies, researchers and citizen groups in mismatched formats and largely inaccessible by others. The ICOOS Act established a coordinated program to integrate and share existing data, fills critical gaps and to produce information that is accessible to a range of users from mariners to fishermen to emergency managers and the general public. IOOS is user-driven, science-based and policy neutral.
Reauthorization ensures that the innovative partnership of Federal and non-federal regional partners that make up U.S. IOOS continues. IOOS is critical to improving safety, enhancing our economy and protecting our environment.
Please support ICOOS reauthorization and encourage your Great Lakes Senators and House representatives to become a co-sponsor of the bill.
Important Documents and Links:
- ICOOS Act of 2009
- Senate Bill – S 1886
- For up-to-date status of Senate Bill, please see: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1886
- House Bill – HR 2744
- For up-to-date status of House bill, please see: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2744
- A Side-by-Side Comparison of House and Senate Bill