NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Update

Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s NOS All Hands meeting. I especially want to thank guest speakers Char’Mane Robinson and Lonnie Gonsalves for their presentations. The slides are available on the For Employees website and the video from the event will be available in the same place in about two weeks. You can also link directly to NOAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit and information about the Hatch Act, which we discussed during the meeting. Also, after hearing Char’Mane report out on her project, someone asked about how to host student interns. NOAA’s Office of Education provides this helpful guide on hosting undergraduate scholars as well as general information about NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program and the Hollings Scholarship Program.

I also wanted to congratulate a number of NOS employees who were selected for prestigious NOAA awards. The NOAA Administrator’s Award recognizes employees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, skill, and ingenuity in their significant, unique, and original contributions that bring unusual credit to NOAA, DOC, and the Federal Government. The NOAA Technology Transfer Awards recognize NOAA scientific, engineering, and technical employees for achievements that are developed further as commercial applications, or that advance the transfer of NOAA science and technology to U.S. businesses, academia, other governments, and nongovernmental entities.

Congratulations to the following people who were selected for the NOAA Administrator’s Award:

Mark Schenewerk
For exceptional performance designing, creating and implementing OPUS-Projects, a multi-site, multi-occupation GPS positioning software.

Kate Thompson
For the successful implementation of the Earth Is Blue social media campaign.

James Delgado; Robert Schwemmer; David Lott; Michael Carver; Vernon Smith; Pamela Orlando; Glen Watabayashi; Mary Jane Schramm
For locating, surveying and identifying the USS Conestoga shipwreck and leading the long-delayed federal tribute to the crew’s sacrifice.

Quay Dortch; Rob Magnien; Marc Suddleson; Gregory Doucette; Kris Holderied; Margaret Broadwater; Stephan Morton; Ruth Kelty; Jennifer Rhoades; Vera Trainer (NMFS); Nicolaus Adams (NMFS); Brian Bill (NMFS); Bich-Thuy Eberhart (NMFS); Michael Milstein (NMFS); Ruth Howell (NMFS)
For providing timely and essential event response support and coordination leadership during the historic 2015 West Coast harmful algal bloom event.

Mark Griffin; Marc Higgins; Colby Harmon; Doug Fenderson (NWS); Kyle Nevins (NWS); Cameron Shelton (NWS)
For developing and implementing the Chart Tile capability, which has improved existing maritime navigation services for the public.

John Kelley; Micah Wengren; Kari Sheets (NWS); Justin Cooke (NWS); Carrissa Klemmer (NWS); Kyle Nevins (NWS); Cameron Shelton (NWS); Ricardo Romero (NWS); Nipa Parikh (NWS)
For the development and implementation of nowCOAST into an operational environment, supporting DOC’s goals for building a Weather-Ready Nation.

Terence Lynch; Lonnie Gonsalves; Laurita Alomassor; Michelle Hawkins (NWS); DaNa Carlis (NWS); Vankita Brown (NWS); Shari Hales (NWS); Hope Hasberry (NWS); Nelsie Ramos (NWS); Reginald Ready (NWS); Toni Parham (NESDIS); Martin Yapur (NESDIS); Alisa Young (NESDIS); Larry Alade (NMFS); Salim Abddeen (OMAO); Michelle Moore (OCAO); Marlene Kaplan (OEd)
For challenging the status quo and driving agency priorities on diversity and inclusion.

Congratulations to the following people who were selected for the NOAA Technology Transfer Award:

Steve Breidenbach; John Ellingson; Kendall Fancher; Charlie Geoghagen; Tim Hanson; Dave Zenk; Brian Ward
For exceptional performance in the design and transfer of procedures and supporting equipment to complete geodetic leveling across wide rivers.

Thank you,

W. Russell Callender, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management,
National Ocean Service

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NGS Collects Aerial Imagery of Louisiana Floods

NGS collected and made available imagery to assist federal, state, and coastal managers in assessing damage from flooding in Louisiana. At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service, NGS began collecting imagery using coastal mapping and emergency response aircraft on August 14, and will continue to collect imagery, weather permitting. More than 2,000 images have been collected to date. NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by storms. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess damages to ports and waterways, coastlines, infrastructure, and communities. The imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.


Water Temperature Record Broken at New Jersey Station

The water temperature at the National Water Level Observation Network station in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reached 83.3 degrees Fahrenheit on August 10, breaking the previous record high of 83.1 degrees set in July 2011. CO-OPS confirmed and validated the temperature recorded at the station with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey. CO-OPS holds an inventory of water temperature data from the station dating back to June 1995. The Capital Weather Gang posted an article on the record-breaking heat in the Washington Post.


Large Wetlands Restoration Proposed in Washington State

In response to historic releases of hazardous materials from industrial activities into Washington State’s Port Gardner Bay, NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program and a co-trustee released a Draft Damage Assessment Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for public comment. The preferred restoration project is to contribute toward the completion of the Blue Heron Slough Restoration Project. The project, which will address other conservation and mitigation needs in addition to natural resource injuries in Port Gardner Bay, will restore approximately 350 acres of intertidal, wetland, and riparian habitat in the Snohomish River Estuary to benefit salmon and other species. The public has 30 days to review and comment on the proposed plan and environmental assessment.


New Chart Increases Safety at Petroleum Loading Facility

OCS released a new 1:12,000 scale electronic navigational chart of the Riverhead Production Platform Facilities, located on the south shore of Long Island Sound approximately one nautical mile north of Jacobs Point, New York. OCS created the chart (ENC US5NY1K) in response to a request from the Northeast Marine Pilots Association. Every year, more than 11 million barrels of petroleum products are offloaded from the north side of the platform onto ships ranging in length from 600 to 900 feet. The larger-scale coverage of the platform and surrounding waters provides more detail than the 1:40,000 scale chart coverage on existing Chart 12358, and will increase safety for vessels calling at the platform.


NOAA Lends a Hand to Marine Protected Area Managers

The Pacific Islands Marine Protected Areas Community, an organization supported by CRCP and the Micronesia Conservation Trust, works with partners to safeguard and enhance some of the globe’s most diverse marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Over the past year, the organization has assisted with trainings benefiting Palau’s marine enforcement officers, the Marshall Islands’ management plans, and a Federated States of Micronesia socioeconomic assessment. In 2016, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies nominated the Community for a Climate Adaptation Leadership Award.


Strengthening Community Resilience through Education

Sanctuary staff throughout the system capitalize on diverse audiences, partnerships, and recreation to encourage ocean literacy. Recent examples include: Village Fishing Derby Aunu’u Island: National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa partnered with South Pacific Distributors/Aloha Maid to hold a fishing derby to encourage responsible ocean recreation activities and raise awareness about fishing in the sanctuary, particularly allowable nondestructive fishing practices. Mokupāpapa Discovery Center: Arc of Hilo and Easter Seals brought groups of adults with mixed cognitive and physical abilities to explore the center and participate in hands-on activities. The Marine Explorers Day Camp: Seventy-three students participated in a week-long program that included invertebrate monitoring, coastal watershed restoration, squid dissections, and ocean kayaking. Olympic Coast Microplastics Professional Development:Twenty-four teachers attended a professional development opportunity funded by NOAA B-WET. Sanctuary and National Park staff led field investigations on the interaction of microplastics, coastal geological features, and marine and human health.


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Dr. Russell Callender

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