Sea Grant Battling Government to Stay Alive

Federal Government Looking to Cut NOAA by 17 Percent

DULUTH, Minn.-Discussions are looming on Capitol Hill to cut 17 percent of the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

These cuts could affect many different organizations including the National Weather Service and the local chapter of the Minnesota Sea Grant. The Sea Grant helps with fighting invasive species, along with other environmental issues related to the Great Lakes, which helps the local economy.

“We provide important efficiency that commerce needs in order to function to in this watery environment,” said John Downing, director of the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. “That’s what we do. We also provide an extremely [solid] return on a very small investment.”

Officials from the Sea Grant told us, that the government gets back eight to nine times its investment with this program.

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