Yet Another Way the Sequester Hurts Coastal Conservation

Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Blog, Coastal Resilience | 0 comments

NOAAWe’ve already noted the federal budget sequester’s pointless and damaging impacts on coastal conservation. Here’s another.

On Monday, NOAA abruptly announced that it was cancelling an annual conference on geospatial technology for coastal management scheduled for next week in South Carolina. NOAA blamed “the recent sequestration of U.S. Government funds and other near-term budget uncertainties” for the cancellation.

Although CCN wasn’t attending (we’re sympathetic — we don’t have much of a budget at all), the conference seemed like a timely and important venue for coastal geographers. As climate change, sea level rise and storms are causing changes to our coastlines, we’d think that new tools, new partnerships, innovation and technology transfer would be as important as ever.

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