HOUSE BILL NO. 643
AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1
AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING THE DELAWARE SEA GRANT PROGRAM.
WHEREAS, the marine and coastal zone resources of the State of Delaware are a valuable asset for this and future generations; and
WHEREAS, these resources are under intense development pressures since over 15% of the nation's population lives within a 200 miles radius centered at Lewes; and
WHEREAS, major problems result from this population pressure including the need for deepwater ports, offshore nuclear power generation, waste disposal, outer continental shelf oil and gas development, coastal recreation, and maritime commerce; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware wishes to maintain the quality of its marine and coastal zone resources by wise management and orderly development including the attraction of desirable marine industries which are compatible with a clean environment and will stimulate the economy; and
WHEREAS, the College of Marine Studies of the University of Delaware is capably staffed and well equipped to solve many marine and coastal zone development problems confronting the State; and
WHEREAS, the State has shown its commitment to develop a strong marine educational and research capability at the University of Delaware with a Marine Studies Center at Lewes; and
WHEREAS, the National Sea Grant Program was created to permit universities to apply their knowledge and talents to real problems of their States and the nation; and
WHEREAS, the Sea Grant Program emphasizes information transfer from researchers to users through a marine advisory services program; and
WHEREAS, the University's marine programs have been recognized for accomplished and excellence by being designated the nation's 12th Sea Grant institution in 1971 and will become eligible for the highest designation as a Sea Grant College in 1974; and
WHEREAS, in the consideration for Sea Grant College status there be demonstrable support by the State.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:
Section 1. The sum of $250,000 is hereby appropriated to the University of Delaware for the purpose of solving marine and coastal zone problems of the State by supporting the Sea Grant Program at the University of Delaware.
Section 2. The Sea Grant Program Director will make the results of Sea Grant research available in a timely manner to Legislators and other decision makers in the form of reports, Marine Advisory Service bulletins, briefings, and other methods which will serve the needs of the State. An annual report on the activities of the Delaware Sea Grant Program will be made to the Governor and the General Assembly in the late winter each year.
Section 3. This Act is a supplementary appropriation and the money appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of funds in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.
Section 4. Any money appropriated herein which is unexpended or unencumbered shall revert to the General Fund on December 31, 1975.
Approved May 29, 1974.