Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/655

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PUBLIC LAW 102-567 —OCT. 29, 1992 106 STAT. 4293 SEC. 406. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS. 15 USC 1540. The Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, may enter into cooperative agreements and other financial agreements with any nonprofit organization to— (1) aid and promote scientific and educational activities to foster public understanding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its programs; and (2) solicit private donations for the support of such activities. SEC. 407. RECRUITMENT OF MmORITIES AND WOMEN FOR NOAA SCIENCE EDUCATION ACTIVITIES. (a) FINDINGS.— The Congress finds the following: (1) In this decade, more than two-thirds of the new entrants to the United States labor force will be minorities and women— groups which for the most part have been historically underrepresented in the sciences. (2) The National Science Foundation estimates that by the year 2000, the United States will face a shortfall of more than 400,000 science and engineering personnel. (3) Given the demographics of the United States workforce, the problem of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences and engineenng could seriously compromise the industrial and technological capability of the United States, as well as its ability to compete in international marketplaces. (4) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has made important efforts to promote education programs in the sciences for students, teachers, and other citizens. (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS. —I t is the sense of the Congress that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should continue to expand its educational programs in the sciences, and in this effort, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should develop and promote programs that reach out to and recruit minorities and women for education in the sciences. TITLE V—NATIONAL MARINE MONITORING PROGRAM SEC. 501. AMENDMENT. The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 is amended by adding at the end the following new title: TITLE V—NATIONAL COASTAL MONITORING ACT "SEC. 501. PURPOSES. 33 USC 2801. 'T hepurposesof this title are to— "(1) establish a comprehensive national program for consistent monitoring of the Nation's coastal ecosystems; "(2) establish long-term water quality assessment and monitoring programs for high priority coastal waters that will enhance the ability of Federal, State, and local authorities to develop and implement effective remedial programs for those waters; "(3) establish a system for reviewing and evaluating the scientific, analytical, and technological means that are available for monitoring the environmental quality of coastal ecosystems;