NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has launched a new interactive web page that shows the scope of coastal program investments and successes in NOAA’s 34 partner states and territories.
Using the latest GIS/web technology, OCRM in Your State lets users click on a state to see current federal funding and state matching funds for coastal programs administered by OCRM. It also has thumbnail descriptions of results from those investments in every state and territory and links to more information about each state’s coastal programs.
OCRM in Your State will be updated to report new funding and success stories. A future phase of the page is planned to let users click on regions and Congressional districts for funding and success stories. The website is online.
Carefully managing coastal resources has become increasingly important as impacts of climate change and human use threaten coastal communities and habitat. More than 53 percent of the nation’s population lives in coastal counties, and that number is growing. Coastal areas also generate billions of dollars annually in jobs and revenue, including over half to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.