Dec 16 2014
The omnibus appropriations bill passed this weekend by the U.S. Senate includes $4 million for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's National Water Center in Tuscaloosa.
The center, which is at a 60,000-square-foot building on Hackberry Lane, Center is designed to serve as a central location for collaboration between academic institutions across the country and the more than 20 federal agencies involved in critical water research.
Federal officials have called the National Water Center the national “nerve center” for water research
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said in a news release that while he opposed the omnibus appropriations bill, he has long supported funding for the water center.
“The research conducted at the National Water Center at the University of Alabama is critical to gaining an increased understanding of our vital water resources,” Shelby said. “This center allows our nation to better predict and manage various water-related ecological problems while fostering nationwide collaboration on water issues. I am pleased that the bill includes this critical language.”
The bill has been sent to the White House to be signed into law.