H.R. 988 would authorize the appropriation of $1 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to report on the effects of ocean acidification in estuarine environments. The report would examine the challenges to studying ocean acidification, provide recommendations for improving future research, and identify ways to apply science while mitigating and managing ocean acidification in estuarine environments. The bill would require the report be completed within two years of enactment.
Assuming appropriated funds are available, CBO estimates implementing H.R. 988 would cost $1 million.