FY 2012 House Funding Bill: U.S. Geological Survey

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Publication date: 
18 July 2011
Number: 
92

The  House Appropriations Committee has approved, by a vote of 28-18, the FY 2012  Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill.   This bill provides funding for the U.S. Geological Survey, the budget  for which would be reduced by $30.1 million from this year.  Excerpts from the committee’s report follow, with all figures taken from the committee report.  The section on USGS starts on page 35.

Total USGS:

The FY 2011 appropriation was $1,083.7 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $1,117.9  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $1,053.6  million, a decline of 2.8 percent or $30.1 million from the current year

The report has a broad description of the Survey’s  programs, but no budget or policy recommendations in the introductory section.

Under a section entitled Surveys, Investigations,  and Research are the following programs:

Ecosystems

The FY 2011 appropriation was $160.8 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $166.4  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $150.1  million, a decline of 6.7 percent or $10.7 million from the current year

The report states:

“The Committee supports the President’s budget  proposal to conduct an in-depth analysis of the extent and sources of endocrine  disrupting chemicals impacting fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake basin.”

Climate and Land Use Change

The FY 2011 appropriation was $138.1 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $106.4  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $125.9  million, a decline of 8.8 percent or $12.2 million from the current year

The report states under Climate Variability:

“Changes from the request include the following: a  decrease of $9,086,000 from research and development; a decrease (elimination)  of $14,345,000 from carbon sequestration; and a decrease (elimination) of  $8,860,000 from science support for Department of the Interior bureaus. The  Committee expects the Survey to utilize funding throughout its entire budget to  provide science support to other Interior bureaus.”

The report then states under Land Use Change:

“The increase above the budget request is for land  remote sensing, which is not funded in a separate account as was proposed by  the Administration. The Committee supports the continuation of the LandSat  program beyond LandSat 8 and urges the Administration to submit a fiscal year  2013 budget proposal that does not offset increases for LandSat with decreases  elsewhere in the Survey’s budget.”

Energy, Minerals, and Environmental Health

The FY 2011 appropriation was $99.9 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $88.5 million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $99.9  million – level funding

The report states:

“The recommended level restores proposed cuts to  mineral resources, energy resources, contaminant biology, and toxic substances  hydrology.”

Natural Hazards

The FY 2011 appropriation was $136.0 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $133.9  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $136.0  million – level funding

The report states:

“The recommended level restores proposed cuts to  earthquake, volcano, and landslide hazards.”

Water Resources

The FY 2011 appropriation was $212.4 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $199.6  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $217.5  million, an increase of 2.4 percent or $5.1 million from the current year

The report states:

“The recommended level restores proposed cuts to  nationally important water programs. The national streamflow information  program and the cooperative water program are increased above the fiscal year  2011 enacted level by $2,900,000 and $2,090,000, respectively.

“The Committee encourages the Survey to include with  its fiscal year 2013 budget request a proposal to establish a national  groundwater monitoring network as authorized by the Secure Water Act.

Bill Language. - The bill provides two-year funding  authority.  The cooperative water program  is funded in the bill at $65,561,000. Provisos include a funding limitation on  surveys on private property and a cost-share requirement on topographic mapping  and water resources activities carried on in cooperation with States and municipalities.”

Core Science Systems

The FY 2011 appropriation was $113.0 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $105.9  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $109.2  million – a decrease of 3.4 percent or $3.8 million from the current year

There was no committee report language

Administration and Enterprise Information

The FY 2011 appropriation was $118.7 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $116.6  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $114.2  million – a decrease of 3.8 percent or $4.5 million from the current year

There was no committee report language

Facilities

The FY 2011 appropriation was $104.7 million     The FY 2012 Administration request was $100.8  million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provides $100.8  million – a decrease of 3.7 percent or $3.9 million from the current year

There was no committee report language

In a separate section:

National Land Imaging

This with a new budget request from the  Administration of $99.8 million     The House Appropriations Committee bill provided no  funding

The committee report states:

“The Committee recommendation rejects the  Administration’s proposal to establish a new National Land Imaging account for LandSat  and related activities. Instead these activities continued to be funded under  Surveys, Investigations, and Research.”