NOAA awards $5 million for regional sharing of ocean data and collaboration with Washington’s Tribes
, 2023-01-17 02:00:00,
Cantwell-championed funding secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help West Coast Ocean Alliance and tribal organizations coordinate ocean data and monitor changing conditions along the West Coast
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, (January 17, 2023) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced new funding for projects to strengthen collaboration and data sharing among Regional Ocean Partnerships and tribal groups in order to improve habitats and protect against rising sea levels.
The funding, which was secured through the Biden-Harris Infrastructure Law (BIL) and championed by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), includes $5.06 million for organizations in the State of Washington – the West Coast Ocean Alliance (WCOA), the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and three tribal communities.
“The members of the WCOA are thrilled to be able to grow their regional efforts thanks to new federal support for more effective ocean management and coordination on the West Coast. The group’s tribal, state, and federal partners will now be able to implement projects related to their regional priorities,” said John Hansen, executive director of the WCOA. “Building around its primary goal of more effective engagement with sovereign tribal governments, the WCOA will also expand its efforts to launch a new tribal engagement training program as well as directly support ocean planning and management of tribal governments on the West…
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