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August 2017

 

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