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Features: June 2011

aerial view of sill

Preserving the 'Life Mud' of a California Estuary

At the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), a 1,700-acre tidal salt marsh inland of Monterey, California, kismet recently came calling in the form of a $4.5 million grant from NOAA through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant made possible the recent construction of an experimental underwater retaining wall, called a “sill,” that’s designed to slow the fast tidal currents that are stripping a portion of the estuary of its mud bottom in a process known as tidal scour. More...

NOAA survey ship

World Hydrography Day is June 21

World Hydrography Day, celebrated in maritime countries around the world, is a time to recognize the ocean surveyors who map the oceans. Thanks to hydrographers — in NOAA, in other federal agencies, and in private industry — this nation's safe and efficient maritime transportation system supports increased trade and economic growth for American industry and agriculture. More...


Historic NOAA Space Observatory 'Recycled' into Maryland Green Space

In a charming residential neighborhood off the noisy main drag of Gaithersburg, Maryland, about a half-hour's drive northwest of Washington, DC, a place where NOAA scientists once gazed into space has found new life as a public green space. More...