Advocacy Activities

ASLO frequently joins other scientific societies and organizations in advocating for science education and research. ASLO's past activities are listed below.

2024

ASLO joins aquatic societies to call on Argentinian government to reinstate support for scientists
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2022

Joint expression of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and support of researchers
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2021

ASLO Joins the UN Decade of Ocean Science as a ‘Nexus Organization’
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ASLO joins aquatic societies in urging Biden Administration to reinstate a science-based definition of Waters of the United States
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2019

ASLO Signs Letter Opposing Potential Trump Executive Order
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ASLO joins CASS in requesting an extension for public comment period for proposed changes to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act
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ASLO submits amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, et al.
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ASLO sends letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russian Federation on proposal to increase nutrient loads to Lake Baikal
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ASLO, along with our CASS partners, comments on proposed rule to define ‘Waters of the United States'
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ASLO comments on NSF GEO Committee Report
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2018

ASLO, along with our CASS partners, issues a statement on proposed change to WOTUS rule
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ASLO comments on proposed changes to the Strategic Partnership Grants Program to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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2017

ASLO makes a statement regarding censorship of scientists in the U.S. EPA
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ASLO joins aquatic societies in opposing repeal of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule
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ASLO, along with CASS partners, writes letter to U.S. Congress in support of science funding
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ASLO endorses the March for Science
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ASLO makes a statement on the importance of international collaborations
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2016

ASLO, along with CASS partners, writes to President-elect Trump regarding aquatic resources
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2015

ASLO comments on the draft FIRST Act, which includes provisions for public access to federally-funded research
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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.
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