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US - President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Makes Significant Investments in USGS Initiatives

Budget proposal promotes science to address climate change, support economic growth, and inform balanced decisions regarding resources

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris administration today submitted to Congress the President’s budget for fiscal year 2022, including $1.6 billion in proposed funding for the U.S. Geological Survey, an increase of $326.9 million or 25 percent above the 2021 enacted level. This proposal would fund investments to unleash science and combat climate change while laying the foundation for economic growth, creating good-paying jobs and ensuring that those benefits accrue to marginalized and overburdened communities.

“The Interior Department plays an important role in the President’s plan to reinvest in the American people. From bolstering climate resiliency and increasing renewable energy, to supporting Tribal nations and advancing environmental justice, President Biden’s budget will make much-needed investments in communities and projects that will advance our vision for a robust and equitable clean energy future,” said Secretary Deb Haaland.

"The President's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the USGS underscores the importance of impartial science to meet the challenges that Americans face today and in the future,” said David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, USGS. “The request acknowledges the USGS's enduring value as a mission-focused Earth and biological science agency, targeting investments in research and monitoring that will deliver actionable information to help make informed and balanced resource management decisions, better mitigate and adapt to climate change, and reduce the threat to life and critical infrastructure from natural hazards. These science investments can support economic growth and help the nation build back better and smarter."

President Biden’s budget reflects a steadfast commitment to acknowledge and apply science as a crucial element of America’s strategic future by funding:

  • Climate-Based Initiatives. The budget addresses climate change with $205 million in new climate science investments, which includes $42.5 million for Climate Adaptation Science Centers and Tribal climate science, $25 million to support Interior bureaus with conservation science and research on climate impacts and $10 million to understand and quantify ecosystem services. The budget also includes $5 million to study the effects of climate change on biodiversity, $5 million for research on climate-driven biological threats and invasive species, $10 million to improve response to coastal hazards and $10 million to improve water prediction and water availability assessments.

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