May 04 2017

Shelby Announces Critical Funding for National Water Center in Tuscaloosa

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), today announced finalization of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill. This legislation provides $19.25 million for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) activities at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa.

“The National Water Center serves the entire nation by forecasting and researching water-related hazards – including flooding, droughts, and storm-surge, among others,” said Senator Shelby. “These services help save lives and protect property. I am pleased the spending measure includes full funding for the Center, allowing it to achieve its maximum operating capability.”

Background

  • National Water Center: Provides $19.25 million for activities at the National Water Center, and requires NOAA to accelerate staffing at the center to achieve full operating capability.

The National Water Center (NWC) serves as the nation’s first-ever clearing house for all natural disasters related to water, including: forecasting severe floods, issuing warnings for hazardous storm-surges, and predicting costly droughts. The NWC also includes a strong research and modeling component to advance our understanding and improve our ability to predict hazardous conditions caused by too much or too little water. Accelerating the NWC to full operations will allow it to effectively carry out these services to the nation and help save lives and protect property from natural disasters.