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TUSACALOOSA, Ala. — The federal government plans to build a new $18.8 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Water Center on the campus of the University of Alabama, The Birmingham News reported.
Officials say the center will improve and reporting of drought, floods and other water crises to improve policy and safety.
"It''s really something brand new. There''s no center like this in the country right now," said Gary Carter, director of hydrologic development at the National Weather Service. "It will kind of be the nation''s nerve center for all water-related activities."