Policy & Public Affairs

Advocacy Activities

ASLO frequently joins other scientific societies and organizations in advocating for science education and research.  ASLO's past activities are listed below.  Recent advocacy statements were released through our news blogs and other outlets, and are listed on the right side of the page.  Click on the titles to read the complete statements.  

2015

ASLO comments on proposed "Waters of the United States" rule.
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2014

ASLO Comments on NSF GEO Priorities report.
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2013

ASLO supports two year embargo period for US open access policy.
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ASLO endorses CNSF letter regarding FIRST Act.
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ASLO President John Downing cautions White House OMB regarding travel restrictions for federal employees.
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2012

ASLO endorses multisociety letter regarding potential impact of fiscal cliff on science.
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ASLO spearheads joint letter regarding proposal to close the Experimental Lakes Area in Canada.
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ASLO urges Senate to continue funding for all disciplines of science at NSF in multisociety letter.
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Friends of NOAA, including ASLO, express support for funding increase for NOAA.
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ASLO, coalition partners oppose new legislation that would hamper peer review process.
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2011

ASLO opposes cuts to NOAA for FY13.
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ASLO expresses opposition to attempts to cut or eliminate the Social, Behavioral and Economic Directorate at NSF.
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ASLO supports rule revision to clarify ability of federal employees to serve on boards of scientific societies.
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ASLO joins American Geological Institute letter to congressional leadership regarding the value of geosciences.
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2006

ASLO thanks President Bush for the emphasis on science and technology funding in the FY2007 budget.
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ASLO encourages congressional leaders to allocate floor time for passage of the American Competitiveness Initiative.
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ASLO encourages congressional appropriators to include environmental science in the innovation agenda, particularly when it comes to funding for NSF's Biological Sciences Directorate and the Education and Human Resources account.
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ASLO joined several earth science organizations in encouraging the Senate Commerce Committee to include atmospheric and ocean sciences research and education in their innovation authorization bill. As a result of the letter and other advocacy actions, language was included in the bill that authorizes NOAA and other relevant agencies to establish a coordinated program of ocean and atmospheric research and to focus on the development of advanced technologies and analytical methods that will promote US leadership in ocean and atmospheric science. NOAA also received an authorization to support ocean and atmospheric science education.  The Committee's press release regarding the innovation bill can be viewed here.
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Advocacy In the News

Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies statement on WOTUS rule


Creating and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for all in the aquatic sciences


ASLO statement on EPA's censorship of scientists


ASLO joins aquatic societies in opposing repeal of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule


ASLO and CASS write Congress in support of science funding