NSPS Executive Director Presents Coastal and Shoreline Surveying Opportunities Before Congress

On July 8, NSPS Executive Director Curtis Sumner participated in a legislative briefing before a packed room of Congressional Staff featuring H.R. 1382, the "Digital Coast Act of 2013." In March, Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced this bill which has been referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. Helping to codify NOAA's ongoing Digital Coast program managed by the Coastal Services Center (CSC) based in Charleston, South Carolina, H.R. 1382 would authorize NOAA to establish Digital Coast as a constituent-driven program that collects priority coastal geospatial data. The program would support an information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision support tools, training, and best practices to inform and improve local, state, regional, and federal capacities to manage the coastal region. NOAA would rely heavily on professional surveyors for data collection and data acquisition. To avoid costly duplication of efforts, NOAA would continue to closely coordinate with other federal efforts, coastal states and territories, local governments, and nongovernmental entities. Other participating groups joining NSPS for this briefing included American Planning Association (APA), Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Coastal States Organization (CSO), National Association of Counties (NACO), National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), and MAPPS.

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