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petitiveness, and $615 million to increase use and decrease costs of clean power from solar, wind, geothermal and water energy. The request allows for $365 million in advanced manufacturing research and development to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and enable companies to improve product quality and manufacturing processes while cutting production costs. Subsidies worth $4 billion to the oil and gas industry have been cut from the FY 2014 budget. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The budget request allocates $4.826 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). New federal funding in the Civil Works budget consists of $3.798 billion from the general fund, $890 million from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, $94 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and $44 million from special recreation user fees. The operations and maintenance program is funded at $2.744 billion, including $156 million in the Mississippi River and Tributaries account, and $41 million for the continued funding of the USACE Levee Safety Initiative to help ensure that federal levees are safe and to assist nonfederal parties with addressing safety issues for their levees. The FY 2014 funding includes $1.35 billion for construction, $279 million for the Mississippi River and tributaries, and $28 million for food control and coastal emergencies. The study, design, construction, operation and maintenance of inland and coastal navigation projects would receive $1.884 billion. The FY 2014 interagency aquatic ecosystem restoration program would work to restore large ecosystems such as the California Bay Delta, Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades, the Great Lakes and the Gulf Coast. The fve construction projects funded for completion in the FY 2014 Budget are: Blue River Channel, Kansas City, Missouri; Chain of Rocks Canal, Mississippi River, Illinois; Elk Creek Lake, Oregon; Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota; and Illinois Waterway, Lockport Lock and Dam, Illinois. The FY 2014 Investigations account includes funding for work on proposals to deepen eight U.S. ports with a high level of commercial use: Boston Harbor, Massachusetts; Charleston Harbor, South Carolina; Freeport Harbor, Texas; Houston Ship Channel, Texas; Norfolk Harbor, Elizabeth River, Virginia; Portland Harbor, Willamette River, Oregon; Savannah Harbor, Georgia; and Seattle Harbor, Washington. The budget also includes funding on proposals to improve two additional high-use U.S. ports: Baltimore Harbor, Maryland, and Mobile Harbor, Alabama. Emergency Management is funded at $35 million in FY 2014, with $28 million in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account for preparedness and training to respond to foods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, and $7 million in the operations and maintenance account. National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation's (NSF) FY 2014 budget request is $7.626 billion, an increase of $592.69 million (8.4 percent) over the 2012 enacted level. The request includes $6,212.29 million for research and related activities, www.sea-technology.com May 2013 / st 13

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