The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on September 27 for four presidential nominations, including Howard “Skip” Elliott to head the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, an oceanographer and climate expert, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
The Senate unanimously passes the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017, introduced on May 4 by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Rob Portman (R-OH).
On September 27, both the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held hearings to explore methods of restoring the health and resiliency of national forests and to mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
The American Geophysical Union published a new post in their science policy blog, "The Bridge" about five ways federal funding is affecting geoscience. How well do you understand sequestration and the effects of a Continuing Resolution? Check it out to learn more.
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:
Around the U.S. and the world there are thousands of projects that enhance the drainage of water into the ground. These efforts improve stormwater management and help to recharge groundwater supplies, but they’re easy to miss, often hidden in plain sight or underground. So we’ve been working with experts around the country to shine a light on this area of applied geoscience. Our introductory factsheets on dry wells and managed aquifer recharge cover the basics. For a look at how these methods are used, we have a case study on managed aquifer recharge in California and a factsheet on dry well programs across the United States. These materials are aimed at geoscientists and decision makers looking for more information on these topics – if you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you.
We’ve moved! Our building is being renovated, so here at AGI, our Policy, Critical Issues, Education, and Outreach teams have relocated to a temporary workspace in the Navy Yard neighborhood of DC. We’re looking for a Geoscience Policy intern to join us here in the new year. If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can find more information and apply here (application deadline is November 1st).
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1) to serve as the next Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine would be the first NASA Administrator to be appointed with a professional background in politics, rather than a science and engineering background.