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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

May 2, 2013



Hi everyone,

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As I noted in an email on April 11, the President's Budget Request for FY 2014 includes increases across almost all NOS programs. Here at NOS headquarters, we've been highlighting the importance of NOS programs during briefings on the Hill and with constituents in support of the Request.

Last week, I joined Acting Under Secretary Dr. Kathy Sullivan in a briefing with Representative Sam Farr, who represents California's 20th district. This district is adjacent to part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and includes the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. This week and last week, Acting DAA Dr. Russell Callender and NOS CFO Chris Cartwright briefed staff from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the House Science Committee. These committees have broad jurisdiction over NOAA's budget and statutory mandates. In the coming weeks, Chris Cartwright and I will meet with several Members of Congress who represent coastal areas and sit on key committees.

We also reached out to our constituents last week with a presentation on the President's proposed 2014 budget for NOS. More than 45 representatives from across NOS's diverse constituency participated by phone or in person. I appreciate the fact that every program office was represented by a director or designee during the meeting. Our constituents expressed appreciation for the work that NOS is doing and strong support for our programs in the FY 2014 budget. You can view the presentation on the NOS website.

In addition to these activities, several program offices are also conducting outreach with constituents and at local Congressional offices. We fought hard for a budget request that we can support, and we'll continue to work with your program office leaders to communicate the importance of our programs to the Congress.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

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The carbon dioxide we've been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the pH levels of seawater in a process called ocean acidification. What does this mean and why should we care? In our latest podcast, learn what ocean acidification is, how it's affecting marine life, and how NOAA tools are helping people monitor and adapt to changes in ocean chemistry.

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

Do you have an idea for a piece of art — maybe an inscribed print, a plaque, a poem, or a small sculpture — that would honor the 20 lost crewmen of the Coast Survey steamer ROBERT J. WALKER? Submit your concept by June 14.

Around NOS

IOOS® Announces Academic Partnerships with NOAA PORTS® (IOOS, CO-OPS)

On April 29, the NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) began displaying data from a current meter located near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the gateway to the Port of New York and New Jersey, the nation's second busiest port. The meter was deployed by the Stevens Institute of Technology, a member of the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Integrated Observing System (IOOS), which is comprised of federal, regional, academic, and private-sector partnerships. This is the first time that IOOS academic research data has been incorporated into the NOAA PORTS system. Navigational data will continue to be provided at no cost to the area Port Authority, and the joint endeavor is of minimal cost to NOAA. For more information, contact Jennie Lyons.

NOAA Ship Hosts Puma Unmanned Aircraft System Mission in Sanctuary (ONMS)

Staff from Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) recently conducted a Puma Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) mission aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster.  In this first mission conducted from a NOAA ship, the team developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for safe, efficient, and effective operations; tested the SOPs to ensure they were appropriate; conducted flights to locate, identify, and track targets; and introduced the system to potential future users. The mission was a success, owing in large part to the mission planning overseen by OMAO's UAS pilots and the support of the crew of the Nancy Foster. For more information, contact Greg McFall.

NOAA Partners with Tulalip Tribe for Tidal Datum Project (CO-OPS)

This week, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services announced plans to install four temporary water-level stations over the next two years to update historic tidal datum elevations critical for mapping shoreline boundaries throughout the tribal lands of the Tulalip Tribe of western Washington. The existing shoreline information was outdated due to changes in sea level rise and shoreline configuration over time. Defining the Mean High Water line is essential when updating shoreline boundaries. This information assists landowners in defining their property limits. The data will also be used to support safe navigation, marine boundary delineation, habitat restoration, coastal hazard mitigation, and coastal planning, engineering, and management. For more information, contact Jena Kent.

Collaboration with State and University Partners (NGS)

This week, the director of the National Geodetic Survey and other NOAA representatives met with state and university partners in Frankfort, Kentucky, to discuss how to continue implementation of the National Height Modernization Program (NHMP), which improves the accuracy and availability of height information by leveraging advances in GPS products with other traditional surveying techniques. Partners discussed best practices and challenges in efforts to establish accurate heights, and NOAA learned more about stakeholders' needs, ensuring that its models and tools allow users to efficiently access elevation information. The goal of the NHMP—to determine accurate elevations in a cost-effective manner—is significant to the nation because accurate heights support many areas of public investment, including construction projects, floodplain determination, evacuation routes, and ecosystem restoration. For more information, contact Christine Gallagher.

Washington Ocean-Use Mapping Workshops Capture Community Knowledge for Marine Spatial Planning (CSC, OCRM)

Nearly 80 ocean-use experts and stakeholders recently attended workshops to document the spatial footprint for over 30 activities occurring in Washington's marine waters. The Washington Ocean Uses Atlas is the product of a state and federal partnership designed to collect ocean-use data to inform Washington State's marine spatial planning process and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's renewable energy program on the outer continental shelf. Staff members from the NOAA Coastal Services Center, Pacific Services Center, and National Marine Protected Areas Center worked with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Washington's Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources to plan, coordinate, and facilitate technical mapping sessions throughout the state and use participatory mapping methods to build community confidence in future planning processes. For more information, contact Mimi D'Iorio.

NCCOS Scientists & Partners Share Coastal Science Results for Sustaining Alaska's Food, Jobs, and Recreation (NCCOS)

Last week, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory presented findings on oceanographic and plankton response to environmental changes, results from ecosystem monitoring to assess oil spill impacts and climate change, and research on how diverse glacial and non-glacial estuary habitats support resilient salmon populations at the 2013 Science Symposium of the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership in Homer, Alaska. The meeting focused on how the health and diversity of marine and freshwater habitats on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska are critical for the resilience of both fisheries and human communities. For more information, contact Kris Holderied.

Hawaii Initiates NERR Designation Process (OCRM)

In support of the Governor of Hawaii's interest in establishing a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), Hawaii's Coastal Zone Management Program's Office of Planning has initiated the site nomination and selection process. The state recently launched their NERR Site Proposal Process website in an effort to engage citizens of Hawaii in the designation process.  The website provides citizens with background information on the designation process, answers to questions, and how to submit their choice for a future NERR site. The final designation of a Hawaii NERR will fill an unrepresented bio-geographic region in the NERR system. It will also facilitate new partnerships; initiate new research on estuarine systems in Hawaii; improve coastal management; create new opportunities for citizen and visitor engagement; and leverage resources from partners for long-term research, monitoring, stewardship, and education. For more information, contact Matt Chasse.

Hydrographic Field Season Underway (OCS)

The Office of Coast Survey's hydrographic season is underway. On the East Coast, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson continues her surveys for the Long Island Sound Seafloor Mapping Initiative and chart updates, before undertaking post-Sandy surveys in Delaware Bay. NOAA Ship Ferdinand Hassler is going through final repairs, upgrades, training, and inspection this spring, before surveying approaches to Chesapeake Bay, and then heading to her new homeport in New Castle, New Hampshire. On the West Coast, NOAA Ship Rainier is surveying heavily used transit areas in southern Alaska and the Shumagin Islands. NOAA Ship Fairweather will assist with an ocean acidification project along the California coast, and may also survey around Los Angeles / Long Beach and San Diego. Coast Survey's navigation response teams are surveying in Panama City, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine, Florida; Galveston and Sabine Pass, Texas; Eastern Long Island Sound; and San Francisco Bay. Navigation response teams are also updating hurricane plans and performing preventive maintenance so they are ready to deploy as needed for post-hurricane rapid maritime response. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ferguson.

St. Lawrence Natural Resource Trustees Public Meetings (OR&R)

The St. Lawrence natural resource trustees (NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and New York State) recently held public meetings on the St. Lawrence Environment Restoration Compensation and Determination Plan in New York. The restoration plan describes site-specific and conceptual projects to restore ecological, recreational fishing, and cultural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances into the aquatic and terrestrial environment.  The trustee presentation provided an overview of natural resource damage assessment, highlighted the difference between remediation and restoration, summarized the 2011 General Motors bankruptcy and 2013 Alcoa/Reynolds settlements, described trustee preferred restoration projects, and outlined next steps in restoration planning and implementation. These meetings afforded the public an opportunity to ask questions and provide verbal comments on the restoration plan. Written and email comments will be accepted until May 4, 2013. For more information, contact Lisa Rosman.

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