President Clinton's budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey for fiscal year 1995 is $583.7 million, $1 million less than the 1994 level. A number of high-priority environmental protection programs will receive increased funding, while administrative costs will be reduced.

$11.8 million will go to new programs in research on critical ecosystems. The South Florida initiative will receive $8 million. In this program, the USGS will collaborate with other agencies to define how the hydrogeologic system of the Everglades operates and how it will respond to alternative management strategies. $3.8 million will go to a program to improve the understanding and management of the Columbia and Klamath/Trinity river basins and the San Francisco Bay/Delta.