The ocean touches everyone’s lives, often in ways that we don’t think about or notice. Likewise, federal funding for ocean programs is critical to protecting and managing ocean resources, but that investment often is invisible or unnoticed, until it is threatened. Many of these key programs and funds fall under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
How do our elected officials decide how much funding should go to ocean programs? What are the ways citizens can engage to help Congress understand the real-world impacts of funding, and ensure needed investments get made? Appropriations are one of the most confusing but fundamentally important federal decision-making processes.
Through the Our Ocean Network, we want to help you better understand the federal funding process. We send regular updates on appropriations and proposed funding changes for key ocean and coastal programs, and provide opportunities and strategies for individuals and organizations to influence the debate.
Informal, no frills email bringing timely updates on the policy process to your inbox.
In addition to our email updates, we provide the following services:
Breaking news updates When Congress or the Administration takes action that could impact ocean and coastal funding, we provide quick analysis on what happened, why it matters, and what you can do to respond.
Budget Analysis Don’t have time or expertise to read through dense documents to understand what changes have been proposed for ocean and coastal programs? We do the heavy lifting for you, providing year-to-year comparisons of funding levels, highlighting where funding priorities have shifted.
Webinars When Congress or the President take major actions that impact ocean funding, we host webinars that walk you through what happened and answer any questions you may have. We can also work with your organization or coalition to host a webinar specifically tailored to your needs.
Toolkits We provide analysis, talking points and actions individuals and organizations can take at key moments during the funding process.
Storytelling The federal budget process is complicated and cumbersome, but has real world impacts on communities across the United States. We tell stories of those communities and individuals to highlight the role funding plays in supporting livelihoods and a healthy ocean ecosystem.