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      Shelby announces funding for National Water Center in Tuscaloosa

      U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has announced legislation that provides $4 million for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Water Center in Tuscaloosa.{} The Tuscaloosa Republican is Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice Science and Related Agencies. The money for the Water Center is included in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill, approved by the subcommittee."The research conducted at the National Water Center at the University of Alabama is critical to gaining an increased understanding of our vital water resources," said Senator Shelby. "This center allows the nation to better predict and manage various water-related ecological problems while fostering nationwide collaboration on water issues." The National Water Center is a unique facility combining hydrological forecasting operations and research.