On November 2, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011 (S. 1701). The bill, sponsored by Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), would authorize $30 million for fiscal years 2011 through 2015 for federal response and research to curb algal blooms in the nation's waters A similar bill (H.R. 2484) was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee in July 2011. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would be the lead agency in requiring the development and coordination of a national strategy to detect, monitor, predict, mitigate, and control marine and freshwater harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, in which oxygen levels in water fall below the level required to sustain animal life. The bill would also require NOAA to integrate the research of all federal programs, including ocean and Great Lakes science and management programs and centers.