To authorize the Secretary of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program that collects priority coastal geospatial data and supports an information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision support tools, training, and best practices to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Digital Coast Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that-- (1) the lack of current, accurate, uniform, and standards- based geospatial information to characterize the United States coastal region presents a significant liability to adequately manage and maintain the Nation's-- (A) environment; (B) infrastructure; (C) economy; and (D) public safety and homeland security; (2) more than half of all people of the United States (153 million) currently live on or near a coast and an additional 12 million are expected in the next decade; (3) coastal counties in the United States average 300 persons per square mile, compared with the national average of 98; (4) on a typical day, more than 1,540 permits for construction of single-family homes are issued in coastal counties, combined with other commercial, retail, and institutional construction to support this population; (5) over half of the Nation's economic productivity is located within coastal regions; (6) highly accurate, high-resolution remote sensing and other geospatial data play...