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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

June 06, 2013



Holly Bamford

Hi everyone,

This month, we celebrate the contributions of Americans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). The theme of this year's LGBT Pride Awareness Month is "Diversity is for Everyone - Equality for All."

In recent years, the nation has made substantial progress to expand opportunity, advance equality, and honor differences for LGBT Americans. For example, the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy means that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can serve openly in our Uniformed Services and without fear of losing their jobs for who they are.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services now requires all hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds (almost every hospital in America) to allow visitation and decision-making rights for LGBT patients by people beyond blood-relatives or marriage. The Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8; both restrict the recognition of marriage to opposite-sex couples.

As of this month, a dozen states and the District of Columbia legally recognize same-sex marriage. And recent polls indicate a shift toward support of same-sex marriage among many segments of American society. I am heartened to see the progress that our country has made to embrace differences, become more inclusive, and advance equality.

As the law continues to evolve to reflect these changes, LGBT members of the NOS community may learn more about the current state of federal domestic partner benefits through the Commerce Department website, as well as this set of Frequently Asked Questions on the OPM website. Staff members may also learn more about NOAA's work supporting equal opportunity and civil rights on the NOAA Civil Rights Office website.

As we face tomorrow's challenges here at NOS, it is critical that we have a wide range of perspectives to inform our decisions. I am proud of the differences among people in the NOS community that make it a richer place to work.

Sincerely,

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

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We hope you've enjoyed our 30 Days of Oceans countdown to World Ocean Day on June 8. This video says it all as we continue to 'Celebrate the Ocean!'

P.S. Continue to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Pinterest for the latest ocean news and information!

NOS For Employees website

For Employees

It's time for nominations for Employee of the Year, Team Member of the Year, and Peer Rafting Awards. Check your For Employees website Awards page for nomination forms and eligibility requirements. Nominations are due July 1, 2013.

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Whale Advisory Issued to Vessels in Santa Barbara Channel (ONMS)

Vessels are being advised to exercise caution and reduce speed to avoid endangered whales in the Santa Barbara Channel region, which includes the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA is broadcasting the advisory via Weather Channel 3, websites, and email; the advisory appears on the U.S. Coast Guard's weekly Notice to Mariners and is being broadcast on marine band radio; and the shipping industry is distributing the notice. For more information, contact Sean Hastings or Elizabeth Petras.

Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreement (OR&R)

Secretary of State John Kerry recently signed the international Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreement in Kiruna, Sweden. The Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division provided technical assistance and review. The agreement provides an administrative framework for sharing Arctic spill response resources. Due to the increasingly rapid seasonal retreat of Arctic sea ice, offshore oil and gas exploration, new shipping routes, and other industrial activities are on the rise. The Arctic region may hold 30 percent of global undiscovered natural gas and 13 percent of the estimated global undiscovered oil reserve. For more information, contact Doug Helton.

CELCP Helps Protect Critical Hudson River Estuarine Habitat (OCRM)

NOAA's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program recently provided grant money to acquire and protect nearly 300 acres of critical habitat located within the Stockport Creek and Flats Biologically Important Area, one of the last major privately owned holdings within the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. NOAA partnered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Scenic Hudson Land Trust to acquire the parcel, known as the Plotkin property, which will be owned by NYSDEC and managed as a protected wildlife habitat open to the public for passive recreational use. For more information, contact Carrie Hall.

U.S., Canada Partnership Aims to Mitigate GPS Signal Transmission Interference (NGS)

On June 4, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) participated in a joint Canada/U.S. partnership meeting at the U.S. Naval Observatory to discuss ways to detect and mitigate interference to Global Positioning System signal transmissions. For more information, contact Neil Weston.

NCCOS Assisting Washington State with Marine Planning Efforts (NCCOS)

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) scientists are supporting the state of Washington's marine planning efforts along the Pacific coast. NCCOS is helping to inventory and assess key sea floor, groundfish, sea bird, and marine mammal datasets essential to effective marine planning. They are developing a data viewer that will help the state, coastal managers, and researchers visualize sea floor datasets, prioritize future mapping, and identify data gaps. For more information, contact Charles Menza or Tim Battista.

The Economics of Green Infrastructure (CSC)

Over 300 people attended a webinar presented by NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) staff members to learn how to assess the costs and benefits of using green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of extreme precipitation. The webinar, entitled "The Economics of Green Infrastructure: Strategies for Flood Mitigation" was presented at Ohio State University. CSC and its partners are working with the cities of Toledo, Ohio, and Duluth, Minn., to develop economic methods and provide community assistance for this task. Assessment results will be available later this year. For more information, contact Lori Cary-Kothera.

Urban Waters Federal Partnership Expanded in Delaware River (OR&R)

NOAA, the Council on Environmental Quality, and other federal partners recently announced that the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) would add 11 new locations, expanding to the country's largest cities and underserved communities. NOAA will co-lead the effort with the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior for urban sections of the Delaware River. NOAA is a natural resource trustee for several species and supporting habitats in the Delaware River, including the endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon. This effort will help to improve coastal habitats and water quality while fostering safe, healthy, and accessible outdoor spaces. For more information, contact Simeon Hahn.

Search and Rescue Enhancement Capabilities Featured in Signal Magazine (IOOS®)

Search and rescue enhancement capabilities provided by the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) are featured in a recent issue of Signal Magazine, an online publication of news in the communications and information technology realms of defense, intelligence, and global security communities. The article, co-authored by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), highlights the USCG's nationwide adoption of IOOS data collected with High Frequency (HF) radar systems. HF radars measure surface current speed and direction over the coastal ocean—from a few kilometers offshore up to 200 kilometers—and can operate in hurricane conditions to better predict where people lost at sea might be found. Combing less area reduces search time and increases the chance of getting to a victim sooner. For more information, contact Jennie Lyons.

New Water Level Site Installed for Tulalip Tribe Project (CO-OPS)

The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services has installed the first of four temporary water-level stations in support of a project to update historic tidal datum elevations along the coast of Tulalip, Wash. This information is critical to accurately determine shoreline boundaries throughout the tribal lands of the Tulalip Tribe of western Washington and will replace existing information, which is from 50 to 80 years old. Defining the Mean High Water line is essential when updating shoreline boundaries. This information assists landowners in defining their property limits. For more information, contact Jena Kent.

Coast Survey Chart Updates Help Protect Whales off California Coast (OCS)

The Office of Coast Survey recently issued updates to a series of raster and electronic navigational charts to comply with routing regulations approved late last year by the International Maritime Organization. The routing establishes a new traffic separation scheme off the coast of California. The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association lauded the changes, indicating that they would "enhance navigational safety and protect whales from ship strikes."  For more information, contact Cmdr. Shep Smith.

Roundtable Event for Rhode Island and Connecticut Coastal Managers (OCRM, CSC)

The Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) and Coastal Services Center recently facilitated a series of roundtable discussions on important coastal management priority issues for Connecticut and Rhode Island. The event brought together key NOAA coastal management partners (including the Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Management Programs, Narragansett National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Connecticut and Rhode Island Sea Grant Programs) to discuss priority issues, such as living shorelines, marsh restoration in a changing coastal environment, coastal inundation forecasts, storm observation tools, and mapping marsh elevations. Experts from NOAA's Restoration Center, OCRM, National Weather Service, and National Geodetic Survey worked closely with partners from the New York State Sea Grant and Massachusetts Coastal Management Program to shape discussion topics. Similar roundtables have already been held in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. For more information, contact Rebecca Newhall.

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