The US President’s proposed USD 1.1 billion budget for the US Geological Survey (USGS) in 2012, emphasizing cost-containment and program savings while investing in research and development programs to restore and protect the nation’s lands and waters for future generations. The budget for national land imaging increases by USD 48 million. Coastal and marine spatial planning sees an increase of USD 4.5 million.
USGS Director Marcia McNutt said that by providing funds for the sustained operation of Earth-observing satellites and for scientific research to enable understanding of complex ecosystems, the USGS budget will help the nation meet its energy needs, protect its land, water, and wildlife and make wise decisions about natural resources.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org