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

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A list of notices from the federal register for March 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
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Representative Scott Peters (D-CA-52) introduced the Secure and Resilient Water Systems Act (H.R.1579) on March 16.
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Industry and agency experts examined the United States’ increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals on March 28.
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Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) introduced the "Materials Essential to American Leadership and Security (METALS) Act" (H.R.1407) to ensure the U.S. has access to a sustainable and secure supply of materials to safeguard our national security on March 7.
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Two bills introduced in the Senate and House would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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Soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate, which is used in products such as glass, detergent, and other industrial goods, may receive a royalty cut.
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop on long-term approaches for wildfire management on March 27.
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The Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act (H.R.654) moved a step closer to becoming law when the bill passed the House on March 27.
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan National Landslide Preparation Act (S.698) on March 22.
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On March 8, two members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee introduced bills addressing scientific research and review practices at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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

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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...
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...
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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...
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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! 
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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.
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...
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
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...
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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...
Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We’ve revamped our website to make it easier to find useful geoscience information. Visit our “Explore the Geosciences” homepage, or check out our updated information portals on climate, energy, hazards, mineral resources, and...