Sending Office: Honorable Jared Polis
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National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers Appropriations Letter

Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th, 5:00pm

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Signatures (26): Eleanor Holmes Norton, Daniel W. Lipinski, Jerry McNerney, Gwen Moore, Mark DeSaulnier, Alan Lowenthal, Barbara Lee, Peter Welch, Timothy J. Walz, Bobby L. Rush, Ted Deutch, Raúl M. Grijalva, Salud O. Carbajal, Colleen
Hanabusa, James P. McGovern, Luis V. Gutiérrez, Danny K. Davis, Jared Huffman, Donald M. Payne Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, Nydia M. Velázquez, Tulsi Gabbard, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Diana DeGette, Steve Cohen, and Pramila Jayapal

Dear Colleague,

Rep. Polis (D-CO) is leading the below letter asking for support for stable and full funding for the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers under the U.S. Geological Survey (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center/Climate
Science Centers). The FY2017 and FY2016 enacted appropriations for this program were $25.335M and $26.435M, respectively, but the President’s FY2019 budget request proposes $12.989M for the program, a decrease of $12.401M.

The National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers were established under President Bush in 2008 to prepare for, respond to, and reduce the negative consequences of climate extremes. This work includes using information to reduce the impacts of
wildfire, nuisance flooding and flash flooding, ecosystem stresses, reductions in water supply for households and agriculture, and changes in hunting and fishing patterns on their communities.

Please join us in sending this letter to the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. The
deadline to sign this letter is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14th.
To sign this letter, use this link here.

If you have any questions please contact
Tom.Clancy@mail.house.gov
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Jared Polis

Member of Congress

March 14, 2018

 

The Honorable Ken Calvert                                        The Honorable Betty McCollum

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment                    Subcommittee on Interior, Environment       

and Related Agencies                                                and Related Agencies

House Committee on Appropriations                        House Committee on Appropriations

B-308 Rayburn House Office Building                      1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

          As the House Committee on Appropriations works on the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills, we respectfully request that you support stable and full funding for the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers under the Land Resources
account of the U.S. Geological Survey (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center/Climate Science Centers program under the Climate and Land Use Change account of the U.S. Geological Survey). The FY2017 and FY2016 enacted appropriations
for this program were $25.335M and $26.435M, respectively. While the FY2018 budget is yet to be completed, the Senate Appropriations Committee would provide level funding for this program.  We also request that you ensure that eight regional centers are maintained.

          The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) (now called National Climate Adaptation Science Center in the FY2019 budget request) was established in 2008 under the Bush Administration and was directed to provide science to help
fish and wildlife resource managers prepare for, respond to, and reduce the negative consequences of climate extremes. To meet this goal, NCCWSC established several regional science centers that could address the unique weather patterns of different areas
of the United States. These centers became the current eight regional Climate Science Centers (“Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers” in the FY2019 budget request). The Centers are strong, effective partnerships between the U.S. Department of the Interior
(DOI), research universities, and tribes or tribal colleges.

          The Centers have helped natural and cultural resource managers assess climate-related vulnerabilities in their local jurisdictions as a first step in reducing those vulnerabilities. These decision makers are already using information developed
with the Centers to reduce the impacts of wildfire and drought, nuisance flooding and flash flooding, ecosystem stresses, reductions in water supply, and changes in hunting and fishing patterns on their communities. In addition, activities include strengthening
the resilience of tribes and indigenous peoples to climate stresses.

          Every year, heavy precipitation, flooding, drought, coastal storm surge, hot and cold extremes, and other weather hazards take a heavy toll on the nation’s natural resources. These impacts have dire economic consequences for Americans. For example,
scientists from the South Central Climate Science Center are assisting Cotton Inc. with research related to how the role of soil temperature impacts agricultural health. Management actions that protect natural resources from the impact of such hazards provide
enormous economic benefits to the nation.

          The $90 billion fish and game industry, with over 680,000 jobs, relies on the maintenance of robust and resilient habitats for fish and game species. Each year over 300 million people visit the vast landscapes, coastlines, majestic mountains, and
sweeping plains of our National Parks, bringing billions of dollars in economic benefit to the surrounding communities. Cost-effectively maintaining the health of these resources in the face of climate extremes requires relevant, applicable data, tools, and
scientific knowledge. The Climate Science Centers work closely with water, land, cultural heritage, and other natural resource managers to these resources for managers to use to make their own local decisions.

          The Climate Science Centers are located at host research universities throughout the country to reduce costs to the Federal government (through financial leveraging and cost-sharing agreements), to develop and share cutting-edge research, and to
access the talent, energy, and capacity of outstanding and diverse students with local knowledge and experience. The eight regional Centers are:

  • Alaska, hosted at the University of Alaska;
  • Northwest, hosted at the University of Washington;
  • Southeast, hosted at the North Carolina State University;
  • Southwest, hosted at the University of Arizona;
  • North Central, hosted at the Colorado State University;
  • South Central, hosted at the University of Oklahoma;
  • Northeast, hosted at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst; and
  • Pacific Islands, hosted at the University of Hawaii–Manoa.

          Recently, the Climate Science Centers have seen dramatic growth in the requests for their scientific guidance and products by DOI managers, Tribes, and DOI partners, including state agencies, private and non-profit organizations, and municipal
partners.  Without sustained funding for eight regional centers to translate science into actionable information, data & tools for public lands managers & partners, America’s lands, economy, infrastructure and ecosystems will be ill-equipped to deal with the
challenges every day climate continues to bring.

          We support the reputable and important work of the DOI’s National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers. Because of their value and substantial return-on-investment, we encourage you to continue full funding for the program, including
eight regional centers.

 

Sincerely,

_____________________________                         

Jared Polis                                                                  

Member of Congress

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