Policy & Critical Issues News

Stay up-to-date with the latest geoscience policy information and news by reading our policy news briefs and monthly review digests, reviewing the latest trends in federal geoscience funding, and reading our recents posts on the AGI Geotimes blog about events and other items of interest related to our Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs.

Policy News Briefs

Policy News Briefs feature the most up-to-date geoscience policy information. The Policy Monthly Review and other special updates cover geoscience policy activities and related events in Washington, D.C.

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Latest Policy News Briefs

U.S. Capitol
(2017-05-18)
On April 28, Congress passed a short-term measure to fund the government through May 5, 2017, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown.
Atlean Lake in British Columbia
(2017-05-18)
On April 26, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held an oversight hearing to review the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
Atlean Lake in British Columbia
(2017-05-18)
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hosted a briefing on April 4 to discuss the economic and public health impacts of harmful algal blooms.
Earth
(2017-05-18)
The Hazards Caucus Alliance, a network that supports the Congressional Hazards Caucus, hosted a briefing on April 6 about how geologic and hazards mapping and monitoring are used to prepare and protect communities from natural hazards.
NASA hurricane satellite image
(2017-05-18)
The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R.353) was signed into law by President Trump on April 18.
The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
(2017-05-18)
President Donald Trump released an executive order targeting the five-year oil and gas leasing plan finalized under the Obama administration.
Earth
(2017-05-18)
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on April 26 to examine a discussion draft of a bill that would amend certain provisions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) to streamline management and licensing processes for nuclear waste disposal.
The White House
(2017-05-18)
Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a group of senators on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in urging President Donald Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science positions within his administration.
U.S. Capitol
(2017-05-18)
On April 26, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Energy Rick Perry requesting information regarding program management at the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
U.S. Capitol with flag
(2017-05-18)
A list of notices from the federal register for April 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.

Latest Policy Monthly Reviews

Federal Geoscience Funding

AGI provides testimony to several subcommittees on programs of importance to the geoscience community.

You can keep up-to-date with the Library of Congress Table on Current Status of FY 2017 Appropriations Bills. The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Project website has information on trends in federal research and development funding, including information on the president's request, congressional budget resolution, 302(b) allocations, and each science-related appropriations bill.

Blog Posts

Read our recent posts from the AGI Geotimes blog about Policy & Critical Issues topics.

Latest Policy & Critical Issues Blog Posts

Earth
(2017-05-01)
Welcome to May! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On April 14th we held our most recent webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” showcasing the steps that Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio have been taking to monitor and reduce earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations. We...
March for Science logo
(2017-04-11)
At the most recent AGI Member Society Council meeting in Houston, we discussed many topics of interest to our community, including the upcoming March for Science, which will be held on April 22, 2017. To embrace our role as a respected, nonpartisan source of information that reflects the breadth...
Earth
(2017-04-01)
Welcome to April! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We have begun publishing a new suite of information products: case studies and factsheets on specific issues at the interface of geoscience and society. Our first factsheet, on groundwater use in the United States, is now live on...
Gifford Wong photo
(2017-03-08)
Looking for science storytelling in DC? Free next Thursday night? The Story Collider is hosting a storytelling event featuring our 2015-16 Fisher Congressional Fellow Gifford Wong! Wong received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, and he now works for the U.S. State Department as a...
Screenshot of the KGS injection and disposal wells interactive map
(2017-03-07)
Today's Map of the Day from the Critical Issues resource platform is an interactive map of disposal and injection wells in Kentucky from the Kentucky Geological Survey. Follow AGI's Critical Issues Program on Twitter to get your daily map! 
U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) map of groundwater depletion
(2017-03-06)
It's Groundwater Awareness Week 2017 (#GWAwarenessWeek if you're on twitter)! Today's Critical Issues Map of the Day from the USGS and shows the cumulative depletion of groundwater for 40 aquifer systems across the U.S (excluding Alaska). The map depicts depletion over the time period of 1900 to...
Map of the Day: Below-Normal Streamflow in the U.S.
(2017-03-01)
While it's been a wet winter for California, there are many places in the Eastern U.S. that experiencing below normal streamflow. Today's "Map of the Day" is from the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch program. The map identifies drought conditions ranging from extreme hydrological droughts to below...
Earth
(2017-03-01)
Welcome to March! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On February 8th we held our most recent webinar, “Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Flood Risk,” showcasing efforts and resources on federal, state, and local levels, including case studies from South Carolina and Colorado...
Map of the Day 2/27/2017: Mines and Mineral Resources
(2017-02-27)
Do you know where the U.S. mines and mineral resources closet to you are? Perhaps now is the time to explore the Critical Issues Map of the Day, one of the many resources on the online resource platform. Using this USGS map tool, you can zoom in to obtain reports on past and present mines, mine...
NASEM logo
(2017-02-27)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources is hosting a one-day workshop on March 27.  No charge for registration, which includes the option for virtual attendance. For information and registration, click here. Information is also copied...