Thursday, March 16, 2017

NOAA cuts proposed by Trump could cut jobs in South Mississippi - Mary Perez, Sun Herald

The agency whose satellite photographs alert Coast residents of approaching hurricanes could see deep budget cuts, putting jobs and programs in South Mississippi in jeopardy. The website NOAA In Your State gives an idea of how far-reaching NOAA programs are in South Mississippi. NOAA’s Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Network is at the Grand Bay Reserve in Moss Point. The National Seafood Inspection Laboratory is in Pascagoula. The National Ocean Service National Water Level Observation Network has tide stations in Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and the Bay Waveland Yacht Club, and these stations have been hardened to deliver real-time storm tide data during severe coastal events. National Marine Fisheries Service Restoration Center works with private and public partners in the state to restore tidal marshes and oyster reefs and remove marine debris. NOAA programs help recover stranded dolphins and turtles and respond to oil and hazardous chemical spills, such as Deepwater Horizon.

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