SWS joined fellow Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) societies in signing the letters supporting FY18 funding for NOAA, NASA, and EPA. CASS sent the letters to the relevant House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees as the "Outside Witness Testimony." Proposed cuts to these aquatic and wetland-related programs at these federal agencies have the potential to lead to significant ecological damage. These letters support the continued funding of programs essential to the protection of wetlands and aquatic resources.
The Consortium of Aquatic Scientific Societies (CASS) is comprised of six professional societies representing diverse knowledge of the aquatic sciences. CASS members include the: American Fisheries Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Phycological Society of America, Society for Freshwater Science, and Society of Wetland Scientists. Our collective membership totals almost 20,000 individuals that span the private sector, academia, non-governmental organizations, and various tribal, state, and federal agencies. The CASS organizations represent professionals who combine deep subject-matter expertise, a commitment to independent objectivity, and the critical review of environmental information, along with a passion for the natural places and resources that form the foundation of American greatness. We support the development and use of the best available science to sustainably manage our freshwater, estuarine, coastal, and ocean resources to the benefit of the U.S. economy, environment, and public health and safety.
CASS writes in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs that support the research, conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems required by all U.S. citizens, who rely on clean and abundant water for their health and well-being.
Read the full letter to the House in support of the EPA.
Read the full letter to the Senate in support of the EPA.
Read the full letter to the House in support of NASA.
Read the full letter to the Senate in support of NASA.
Read the full letter to the House in support of NOAA.
Read the full letter to the Senate in support of NOAA.