Coastal watershed counties are home to more than 164 million Americans, approximately 52% of the United States population. This number is expected to increase by more than 15 million by 2020. Of the supporting national infrastructure, significant percentages of interstates, arterials, airports, and rail lines are vulnerable to storm surge from extreme events. Over half of the Nation’s economic productivity is located within coastal zones. Balancing economic development with ecological management requires accurate data and integrated information that enable coastal communities to address many coastal and emergency management issues. NOAA’s Digital Coast project is designed to meet this need. The Digital Coast is providing a constituent-driven, information resource that enables access to critical data, decision support tools, training, and best practices for integrating geospatial information in support of policy priorities. The Digital Coast project provides an opportunity to help America’s fragile oceans, coasts and shorelines by addressing issues raised in numerous reports which have highlighted the needed geospatial data for America’s coasts, harbors and ports, shoreline and ocean resources critical to our nation’s most basic activities. The Digital Coast project is a critical mechanism to meet many of these goals by fostering coordination of multiple agencies (federal, state, and local) and other stakeholders; thus, reducing taxpayer waste while maximizing the return on investment.
Issue Paper Digital Coast (2016)
House Bill H.R. 4738 Digital Coast Act
Senate Bill 2325 Digital Coast Act of 2015
Ruppersberger-Young Letter Requesting Hearing
Digital Coast Project