Web Highlight

Web Highlight

What are fish ladders and why are these structures important? Find out by reading our latest Ocean Fact?

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

A reminder that the organizers of World Hydrography Day are seeking ideas for artwork for the ROBERT J. WALKER Memorial Concept Competition. The memorial will honor the U.S. Coast Survey steamer's 20 crew members, who died in a collision at sea on June 21, 1860. SUBMIT YOUR IDEA before June 14.

Facebook podcasts Feeds Twitter Flickr Youtube

Questions or comments about this newsletter? Send us an email
NOS Communications & Education Division

NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

May 16, 2013



Hi everyone,

Holly Bamford

Dr. Russell Callender and I would like to thank everyone who participated in last week's NOS All Hands meeting. The slides are available on the NOS For Employees site.

We plan to have two or three of these meetings per year. To help us plan future meetings, send your feedback about what worked well and what could be improved to meeting_ideas@noaa.gov.

Also, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and Department of Commerce bureau heads held an all-hands employee town hall on Friday, May 10, that focused on the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget, current budget challenges in Fiscal Year 2013, and other related issues. You can view the video on the Commerce Connection website.

Finally, do you use the NOAA VPN service for remote access? "VPN" refers to the virtual private network, which allows NOS staff members to access certain systems remotely. If you use the NOAA VPN service, please be sure to take a look at the instructions for using the new VPN software. All NOS staff members received an email from Tom Murphy yesterday with additional information. Contact your local Help Desk with any questions or concerns about using the new VPN software.

Thank you,

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

Web Highlight

Web Highlight

What are fish ladders and why are these structures important? Find out by reading our latest Ocean Fact?

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

A reminder that the Organizers of World Hydrography Day are seeking ideas for artwork for the ROBERT J. WALKER Memorial Concept Competition. The memorial will honor the U.S. Coast Survey steamer's 20 crew members, who died in a collision at sea on June 21, 1860. SUBMIT YOUR IDEA before June 14.

Around NOS

NOAA Experts Share Science with South Carolina Students (NCCOS)

Fifth grade students from a district-wide magnet school recently met with forensic scientists at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., for a question and answer session on marine wildlife issues. NCCOS staff teamed up with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement staff to field the students' questions on marine poaching, catch limits, mislabeled seafood, protected species, and enforcement. The students conducted the interview as part of their final school project for the year and will use the answers to create a display for educating the public on being wise seafood consumers and reduce marine poaching. For more information, contact Kathy Moore.

Great Bay NERR Hosts New Hampshire Public Forum (OCRM)

More than 100 people recently attended a "Forum on the Future of Great Bay" at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in New Hampshire. The forum was hosted by the estuary manager and initiated by Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter (N.H.), who sits on the House Natural Resources Committee. The goal of the forum was to create dialogue about ideas and collaborations needed to move forward in protecting the bay and the 52 communities around it in New Hampshire and Maine. For more information, contact Michael Migliori.

NOS Looks to Future of the Caribbean Marine Environment by Addressing Nutrient Pollution (IPO)

This week, the NOS International Program Office participated in a three-day meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture and other national and international agencies to discuss actions and targets of a new global nutrient program with UNEP's Global Program of Action. The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management responds to the Global Nutrient Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to reduce the amount of excess nutrients in the environment (namely nitrogen and phosphorus) without hindering global development. Nutrient pollution comes from many land-based and air sources and can have an adverse impact in the marine environment, human health, and national economies. This meeting helped further recognize the importance of addressing long-term actions to reduce the negative impacts on human activities, such as land-based pollution on watersheds and coastal waters. For more information, contact Gonzalo Cid.

OR&R Participates in the Phillips 66 Tacoma Earthquake Exercise (OR&R)

NOAA's West Coast Regional Response Officer recently helped implement the Phillips 66 Tacoma Earthquake Exercise, acting as the Scientific Support Coordinator and a member of the Environmental Unit. The two-day drill was a worst-case scenario of 42,000 barrels of No. 2 fuel oil released from the Phillips 66 Tacoma terminal due to an earthquake, 10,000 of which escape containment and entered the Commencement Bay. The exercise placed emphasis on the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) planning process, especially on the new proposed SCAT material for the Northwest Area Contingency Plan, and identifying any adaptions that should be made. For more information, contact LTJG Alice Drury.

Volunteers Gather for Sanctuary Snapshot Day (ONMS)

On May 4, volunteers from across the watersheds draining to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) gathered for the 14th annual Snapshot Day. This annual one-day water quality monitoring event focuses on monitoring creeks and rivers flowing into MBNMS.  Volunteers collected field measurements for pH, air and water temperature, electrical conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and transparency.  Lab samples were collected for analysis of bacteria (E. coli and total coliform) and nutrients (nitrate and phosphate).  This year, 216 volunteers helped to monitor 182 sites stretching from Pacifica near San Francisco, south to Morro Bay. For more information, contact Lisa Emanuelson.

Gearing Up For 2013 Rapid Maritime Response to Hurricane Damage (OCS)

NOAA navigation managers are involved in briefings, tests, and exercises as the maritime community prepares for the year's hurricane season. Navigation managers are working with the U.S. Coast Guard, state officials, and private industry in the coastal states ranging from Texas to New York, in more than a dozen public meetings, preparedness exercises, and webinars. Additionally, the navigation response teams that would deploy for maritime response in ports and harbors are checking critical survey equipment, boats, trailers, and vehicles to ensure they are ready to go. Autonomous underwater vehicle teams are also providing refresher training for emergency response operators. The U.S. Coast Guard and port officials are increasingly looking to NOAA's navigation services for rapid surveys after hurricanes to detect underwater dangers to navigation in order to speed the resumption of maritime operations. For more information, contact CAPT Jon Swallow.

Facebook podcasts Feeds Twitter Flickr Youtube

NOS 'For Employees' Site

Past Issues
NOS Communications & Education Division
Questions? Send us an email