House passed H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013, “a collaborative effort between numerous federal agencies and several state governments to provide a dynamic and accessible drought-risk information system.” House subcommittee news item at http://democrats.science.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-drought-research-legislation. Bill now goes to Senate.
Senate passed S1254 to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; bill now goes to House– https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email.
State of the Gulf Summit, Houston TX, March 24-27, 2014– http://www.sgmsummit.org/
LA State of the Coast conference, NOLA, March 18-20, 2014– http://www.stateofthecoast.org/
Water Resources Development Act (S601 and HR3080) in conference; conferees shown at http://www.nado.org/house-joins-senate-in-appointing-conferees-for-water-resources-bill/. Senate Bill S601 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080/text) includes Title XII– National Endowment for the Oceans, not included in original HR3080 passed by House.
CEQ “Marine Planning Handbook,” action called for in NOP Implementation Plan, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/final_marine_planning_handbook.pdf
Governor Scott assigns Gulf Consortium (http://www.fl-counties.com/advocacy/gulf-consortium) with task of developing State Expenditure Plan for RESTORE Act section 1603, Spill Impact Component (“pot 3”) 30% that must be approved by Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council and mesh with their Council’s Comprehensive Restoration Plan funding.
Gulf Fisheries Fairness Act, HR1219, sent to Natural Resources Committee– http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1219/text. Amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide that Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico in waters that, on average, are 20 fathoms or less in Read More
HR1219 sent to Natural Resources Committee– To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide that each of the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico in waters that, on average, are 20 fathoms or less in depth, and Read More
LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s Annual Plan for 2014 is open until Mar 23, 2013 for public comment– http://www.lacpra.org/assets/docs/draftFY2014AnnualPlanLow.pdf