Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) is a collaborative, bipartisan effort of experienced thought-leaders and ocean champions that catalyzes meaningful ocean policy reform and calls for action at the national, regional, and state levels. Among entities working on ocean and coastal policy issues, JOCI is unique in its ability to provide high level, credible, and bipartisan leadership and engagement on ocean and coastal policy issues. Among its activities, JOCI serves as a trusted advisor to key members of the Administration and Congress and brings together all sectors of the ocean community to identify urgent priorities, communicate them effectively to decision makers, and cultivate and educate ocean champions. The Joint Initiative is guided by a bipartisan Leadership Council co-chaired by The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. To learn more visit our website www.jointoceancommission.org and follow us on Twitter @JointOceanCI.

City of Port Washington, W.I.

Port Washington, WI, with its touch of New England charm, is nestled on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, just north of Milwaukee. We invite you to take some time to see all we have to offer.

One of the first things you’ll see, coming down the hill to the lake, is the Art Deco lighthouse. Whether you are boating, fishing, walking on the beach or in any of the lakeside parks, this iconic symbol of the community keeps watch at the end of a half-mile long pier.
st-marys-with-yellow-flowers-2Our downtown is lakeside, and offers unique local shopping and dining destinations – all housed in historic storefronts. Explore the history, and our stories, by following a self-guided walking tour, as well as visiting our museums. The 1860 Light Station Museum shares the stories of a lighthouse keeper in the 19th century. The Port Exploreum uses 21st century technology to engage you in local and maritime history, as well as the ecology of Lake Michigan.

pic1The outdoor recreational opportunities are exceptional. The fishing is unsurpassed. Boaters love our certified Clean Marina. Bike, bird watch, run, or hike on our trails. Paddlesport enthusiasts, even surfers, love launching from our South Beach.

Plan your Lake Michigan vacation with our visitor’s resource guide for hotels, bed and breakfasts, shopping, events, farmers’ markets, lakefront festivals, and more. Once you are here, make sure to stop by the historic Pebble House Visitor Center for more information.

Atmospheric and Environmental Research

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) provides science-based solutions to global environmental challenges. AER’s internationally renowned scientists and software engineers collaborate to transform state-of-the-art predictive science and analytical tools into practical systems that address both civilian government and defense needs for geophysical understanding, computer simulation, and forecasting. AER customers include government agencies and national laboratories, aerospace and defense contractors, and academia. Areas of expertise comprise atmospheric and environmental science, remote sensing, meteorology, oceanography, space science, climate change, and software engineering. AER, a Verisk Analytics business (Nasdaq:VRSK), was established in 1977 and is headquartered in Lexington, Mass. Visit www.aer.com.

FoNOAA Urges House and Senate Leadership and Appropriators to Support NOAA in FY17

As supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Friends of NOAA (FoNOAA) would like to thank you for the increase in discretionary funding provided in the CJS Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017. However, we are concerned about cuts in the bill to NOAA’s budget and request that you fund the agency at $6.05 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.

Read the full FoNOAA letters sent to the House and Senate Leadership and Appropriations Committees.

2016-08-12 FoNOAALetter House Leadership & Approps FY17

2016-08-12 FoNOAALetter Senate Leadership & Approps FY17

FoNOAA Encourages Congress to Support NOAA Funding in FY2017

As supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we appreciate Congress’ historic interest in and support of the agency and urge appropriators to continue their leadership and investment in NOAA. Friends of NOAA strongly supports funding the agency at no less than $6.05 billion in FY17.

Read the full FoNOAA testimony submitted to Senate and House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommitte:

FoNOAA House Letter Approps FY17 Final

FoNOAA Senate Letter Approps FY17 Final

FY17 President’s Budget and NOAA Blue Book

FY17 President’s Budget:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2017/assets/budget.pdf

NOAA FY17 Blue Book: http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/nbo/fy17_bluebook/FY17_BB_Final_508.pdf

NOAA FY17 Congressional Justification: http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/nbo/fy17_bluebook/NOAA_FY17_CJ_508.pdf

FoNOAA Analysis of Top-Line Agency Budget: http://friendsofnoaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FY17-Presidents-Budget-impact-tables.pdf

FoNOAA Urges House and Senate Appropriators to Support NOAA in FY16

As supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Friends of NOAA strongly supports funding the agency at no less than $6 billion in FY16.

Read the full FoNOAA letters sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

2015-03-24 FoNOAALetter House CJS Approps FY16_FINAL

2015-03-24 FoNOAALetter Senate CJS Approps FY16_FINAL