The Intersection

S. 22, The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2008 passed the Senate this afternoon 73-21. The package includes ocean exploration, NOAA undersea research, ocean and coastal mapping integration, the integrated coastal and ocean observation system*, federal ocean acidification research and monitoring, and coastal and estuarine land conservation, and lots more. Once the House acts, the final version may get sent to the next President…

In other words, Obama’s first law might be huge for ocean science!

* hat tip to Senator Snowe for all her work on ocean observing


  1. #1 Kevin Z
    January 15, 2009

    w00t!! Yeah job security!

  2. #2 Lilian Nattel
    January 15, 2009

    Cool! About time.

  3. #3 Ashutosh
    January 15, 2009

    Hopefully that means healthy and delicious Maine lobster to eat for a while more (without over-harvesting of course)

  4. #4 mary
    January 16, 2009


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