H.R. 1716 would authorize the appropriation of $2.7 million annually over the 2020-2024 period for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to implement its Ocean Acidification Program. The bill would require NOAA to:
Assess coastal communities’ vulnerability to ocean acidification,
Recommend research to address key knowledge gaps in that assessment, and
Allow citizens to provide input on ocean acidification research, data, and monitoring.
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1716 would cost $12 million over the 2020-2024 period and $2 million after 2024, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. In 2019, NOAA allocated $12 million to the Ocean Acidification Program. The costs of the legislation, detailed in Table 1, fall into budget function 300 (natural resources and environment).