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September 2017

 

Senator King and Representative Poliquin Staff Attend Stakeholder Meeting

On September 14, staff for Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Bruce Poliquin (R ME-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a Stakeholder Meeting in Belfast, Maine. The meeting was an opportunity to share information with interested partners about a number of topics, including survey work in Maine, data discovery and use, and the National Charting Plan.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Representative Polis Hosts Panel at Caucus Briefing

On September 14, Representative Jared Polis (D CO-2) was joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) at a House Earth and Space Science Caucus-sponsored briefing. The theme, “Science Saves” alludes to the time, money, and lives that are saved through research, application and innovation in the Earth and space sciences. OAR provided an overview of Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment research and the practical benefits of the research and experiments.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate and House Staff Reception on IOOS

On September 14, all interested Senate and House staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a reception on the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The reception was sponsored by the House Oceans Caucus and hosted by the Caucus’ Co-Chairs, Representative Don Young (R AK-At-Large) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1), who both provided remarks. Additional remarks were provided by officials from NOAA and the IOOS Association. This event was held in partnership with the IOOS Association and the Whiskey Creek Oyster Company.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate and House Members and Staff Invited to Hydro Panel Meeting

On September 11-13, a number of Members of the Senate and House and their staff were invited to join officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Committee to NOAA that advises on matters related to marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, and other emerging priorities. The meeting focused on research, development, technology, unmanned and autonomous systems for hydrographic surveying, charting, and navigation. The Members invited included:

All interested congressional staff unable to join the Portsmouth HSRP meeting in person were invited to join via webinar.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senator Warren Staff Visit Habitat Restoration Projects

On September 11, staff for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to habitat restoration projects in Andover, Plymouth, and Tauton, Massachusetts. With the removal of dams as part of these projects, fish habitat is restored and the community is rid of unsafe derelict dams.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Ross Flies on a Hurricane Hunter

On September 8, Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) joined officials from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at OMAO's Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Florida. He joined the officers, crew, and scientists aboard one our WP-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft for a flight into, and through, Hurricane Irma.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Warren Staff Visit Dam Removal Site

On September 7, staff for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Shawsheen Rover Dam and Marland Place Dam removal site in Andover, Massachusetts. The dam removal projects highlight NOAA and our partners’ restoration efforts in the region, which restore fish habitat and mitigate safety concerns of the derelict dams.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Senator Schatz and Senator Hirono Staff Attend Seafood Import Roundtable

On September 7, staff for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for Seafood Import Monitoring Program roundtable in Honolulu, Hawaii. The public meeting offered an opportunity for interested stakeholders to learn about the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program and to discuss general and technical questions.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Oregon Delegation Staff Attend Roundtable

On September 6, staff for the Senate and House Members of the Oregon Delegation joined NOAA officials and key partners to exchange information on high priority environmental and weather-related issues affecting Oregon. The NOAA Western Regional Collaboration Team is sponsored the Roundtable, which was hosted by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Marine Operations Center – Pacific in Newport, Oregon.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

North Carolina Delegation Staff Attend Roundtable

On September 6, staff for the Senate and House Members of the North Carolina Delegation joined NOAA officials and local partners for a Roundtable discussion in Beaufort, North Carolina. The staff were briefed on science and services focusing on three topics: coastal development, forecasting weather risks, and sustainable fisheries/aquaculture. The Roundtable was hosted by NOAA’s Southeast Regional Collaboration Team.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

New Hampshire Delegation Attend Roundtable

On September 6, staff for the Senate and House Members of the New Hampshire Delegation joined NOAA officials and key partners for a Roundtable discussion on resilience that was held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (NH). The Roundtable, sponsored by the Regional Collaboration Team for New England, focused on four topics: Working Towards a Resilient NH Seacoast, Fisheries and Warming, Climate Adaptation Activities across NH, and NOAA Water Services in NH.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Senator Hassan Staff Visit Dam Removal Site

On September 6, staff for Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Exeter Great Dam and Sawyer Mill Dam removal project sites in Dover, New Hampshire. This is an interesting former mill site with two dams that are surrounded by the mill buildings that have been converted into apartments. This project has clear benefits for addressing a dam that currently does not meet dam safety standards. These dam removal projects will also greatly enhance anadromous fish habitat.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Delegate Bordallo Staff Tour Habitat Site

On September 2, staff for Delegate Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Manell-Gues habitat restoration site in Guam. Manell-Gues is one of ten Habitat Focus Areas, where multiple NOAA offices can effectively focus their resources to prioritize long-term habitat science and conservation efforts. The area includes the island’s only shallow water lagoon, as well as fringing reefs, mangroves, and extensive seagrass beds.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Banks Tours Harris Corp

On September 1, Representative Jim Banks (R IN-3) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Dr. Stephen Volz, for a tour of Harris Corporation’s facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
OLIA Lead: Charlie Powell

 

NOAA Fleet Update - September 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - September 2017 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

August 2017

 

Senator Merkley and Representative DeFazio Staff Visit Project Site

On August 17, staff for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D OR-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and our partners for a visit to the Willamette Confluence Restoration Project site in Eugene, Oregon. The project is restoring habitat for spring Chinook salmon, listed under the Endangered Species Act, among other species.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Herrera Beutler Staff Host Grants Seminar

On August 16, staff for Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler (R WA-3) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service at a Guide to Grants seminar in Vancouver, Washington.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Williams Staff Visit WFO

On August 14, staff for Representative Roger Williams (R TX-25) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Ft. Worth, Texas, where they were briefed on the Office’s mission, programs, and activities. They were also briefed on the West Gulf River Forecast Center that is collocated with the WFO.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Panetta Visits Sanctuary

On August 12, Representative Jimmy Panetta (D CA-20) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Monterey, California. During the visit, Representative Panetta participated in the Office of National Marine Sanctuary's "Get Into Your Sanctuary" day and toured the Sanctuary Exploration Center.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

New England Delegation Staff Tour Woods Hole

On August 12, staff for the Senate and House Members of the New England Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of science facilities in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This public event had exhibits, demonstrations and interactive activities highlighting research and tools used by local scientists.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Costa Hosts Water Managers Meeting

On August 11, Representative Jim Costa (D CA-16) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a Water Managers Meeting in Los Banos, California. Other state and federal agencies including General Managers and Board Chairmen of the water districts in the San Joaquin valley also participated to discuss water operations.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Soto Speaks at Task Force Event and Visits Sanctuary

On August 11, Representative Darren Soto (D FL-9) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service as he attended, and spoke at, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Reception in Miami, Florida. On August 12, he visited the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in Key West, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Massachusetts Delegation Tours Fisheries Vessel

On August 10, Senate and House Members and staff of the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a tour of NMFS’ research vessel, the Gloria Michelle, in Boston, Massachusetts. The tour provided an opportunity to learn more about the exciting science that is conducted throughout New England.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Shea-Porter Tours Dam Removal Site

On August 10, Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D NH-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Sawyer Mill Dam Removal site in Dover, New Hampshire.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Estes Visits WFO

On August 9, Representative Ron Estes (R KS-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Wichita, Kansas, where he was briefed on the Office’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Huizenga Staff Tour Habitat Focus Area

On August 9, staff for Representative Bill Huizenga (R MI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Muskegon Lake Habitat Focus Area in Muskegon, Michigan. Muskegon Lake is a 4,232 acre drowned river mouth of the Muskegon River. The lake provides important nursery habitat for Chinook salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, and threatened native species such as the lake sturgeon. Priorities for the Area include: improvements to lake and watershed health, restoration of  fish habitat, nutrient reduction, socio-economic research, and removal of dikes and dredging of former agricultural field to reconnect historic wetland to Bear Lake/Muskegon Lake system.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Carbajal Staff Visit Project Site

On August 9, staff for Representative Salud Carbajal (D CA-24) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to a rainwater harvesting demonstration project site in San Luis Obispo, California. This completed project improves stream flow and improves water quality in the Chorro Valley for South-central Steelhead trout.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Keating Staff Tour Restoration Sites

On August 8, staff for Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to over 10 fish passage/dam removal project/restoration sites in Plymouth, Kingston, Scituate, Hanover and Braintree, Massachusetts.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Bonamici Visits Research Station

On August 8, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon. Representative Bonamici was briefed on the Station’s mission, programs, and activities including some of the current research projects taking place.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Schrader Staff Visit Project Site

On August 8, staff for Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and project partners for a visit to the Southern Flow Corridor Project site in Tillamook, Oregon. The project restored 521 acres of habitat and opened 14 miles of new tidal channels, while reducing flooding and protecting private property.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Marshall Staff Visit CWSU

On August 7, staff for Representative Roger Marshall (R KS-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) in Olathe, Kansas, where they were briefed on its mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Peters Visits Thunder Bay

On August 5, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to Thunder Bay National marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Peters was briefed on current research, economic impact of the sanctuary and the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Schatz and Senator Hirono Send Letters of Greeting and Staff Attend
MOC-PI Change of Command

On August 4, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David A. Score (two star) and other NOAA and federal partner officials at a Change of Command Ceremony for the Marine Operations Center - Pacific Islands (MOC-PI), in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In addition, Senator Hirono and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) both provided letters of greeting that were read during the event expressing their support of OMAO, the Corps, our ships, and mission.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 2017 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Markup

On August 2, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup and executive session and discussed three bills related to NOAA including:

The Committee approved all three bills, which once reported out at a later date, will be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Magnuson Reauthorization

On August 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing titled, “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives.” This hearing was the first in a series to examine the state of our nation’s fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Act. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senator Whitehouse Staff Visit WHOI

On August 1, staff for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a visit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff learned more about NMFS’s work with WHOI and their mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

July 2017

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Center

On July 31, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff learned more about the Center’s mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Senate Staff Visit WFO

On July 31, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Burlington, Vermont. During the visit, the staff learned more about the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities and how it gathers and disseminates weather information.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative DeSantis Staff Host Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

On July 26, staff for Representative Ron DeSantis (R FL-6) were joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) at a Hurricane Preparedness Workshop held in Bunnell, Florida. NWS provided a presentation and helped local constituents prepare for hurricane season and were joined by the Florida National Guard & Florida Emergency Division, and Flagler County Emergency Services.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Marine Debris

On July 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing on marine debris. The hearing was an opportunity to highlight efforts across the U.S. to assess, remove, and reduce marine debris. Other federal witnesses include the Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Director of the Marine Debris Program in the Office of Response and Restoration, at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Nancy Wallace, testified.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate Committee Markup

On July 25, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a markup of the Fiscal Year 2018 CJS Appropriations bill, followed by the full committee markup on July 27. The Committee approved the bill that would give NOAA $5.6 billion, slightly less than the current fiscal 2017 level.
OLIA Lead: Rob Moller

 

Senator Murkowski Sends Letter of Greeting and Staff Attend NOAA Ship Rainier Change of Command

On July 22, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Rainier in Kodiak, Alaska. NOAA Ship Rainier, homeported in Newport, Oregon, is a hydrographic survey vessel that maps the ocean to aid maritime commerce, improve coastal resilience, and understand the marine environment. Rainier’s officers, technicians, and scientists log the data that NOAA cartographers use to create and update the nation’s nautical charts with ever-increasing data richness and precision.

Senator Murkowski also sent a letter of greeting for the ceremony to highlight her support for the key missions that our ships support and the work of the NOAA Corps.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Marshall Visits WFO

On July 21, Representative Roger Marshall (R KS-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Goodland, Kansas, where he was briefed on the Office’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

House Committee Markup

On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill funds the Department of Commerce and other departments and agencies. The CJS bill contains $4.97 billion for NOAA, which is $710 million below the enacted level. Additional details on the markup, a copy of the bill summary, text, and more may be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395000.
OLIA Lead: Rob Moller

 

Representative Kaptur Forum on Lake Erie

On July 10, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9) sponsored a public forum on the state of Lake Erie that was held in Rocky River, Ohio. Officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made short presentations and then answered questions from the public.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senator Warner Staff Visit Oyster Reef in Chesapeake Bay

On July 7, staff for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) were joined by officials from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to an oyster reef in the Chesapeake Bay that was organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. OMAO provided a small boat and crew from the Marine Operations Center – Atlantic.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2017 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Hirono Staff Attend NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Change of Command

On July 3, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, homeported in Davisville, Rhode Island, is "America's ship for ocean exploration." Dedicated to exploration and discovery, the ship maps the seafloor, explores shipwrecks, and characterizes largely unknown areas of the ocean.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley