Ocean acidification is a major threat to estuaries in both the U.S. and worldwide. Understanding this phenomenon is urgent, as its impacts are already being seen in numerous places. The federal government should fund a long-term study to understand this threat to America’s waterways, fisheries, and coastal communities.
The federal government already funds ocean acidification research through the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act (FORAM). Additionally, there are numerous research efforts on ocean acidification underway by industry, universities and other organizations. Given this, there’s no need for the federal government to spend money on its own new study.