News and Updates

 

 

July 2015

 

Representative Harris Hosts Weather Preparedness Event

On July 30, Representative Andy Harris (R MD-1) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service at a Weather Emergency Preparedness Event in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Officials from Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, Delmarva Power, and local emergency managers from the four Lower Shore counties also participated and provided information and answer questions about severe weather-related events such as extreme heat, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning. 

 

House Hearing on ESA Consultation

On July 29, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Rob Bishop, R UT–1), held an oversight hearing on, “Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement of Endangered Species Act (ESA) Consultation.” The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries, Sam Rauch, testified, and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Senator Rubio Staff Visit WFO

On July 29, staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited NOAA’s National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Melbourne, Florida, where they received a tour of the facility and briefing on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

House Hearing on CZMA

On July 28, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn, R CO–5) held an oversight hearing on the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management, Dr. Holly Bamford, testified, and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Representative Scott Briefing on Coastal Programs

On July 28, Representative Bobby Scott (D VA-3) was briefed by the Acting Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, on the value and relevance of NOAA's coastal programs to Virginia, as well as sea level rise, navigation services and NOAA's work in the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Senate Markup

On July 28, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Chair, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK) held a markup of a number of bills. Of particular interest for NOAA is a draft bill - The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 – whichrelevant to NOAA’s authorities to implement migratory fish passage at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed hydropower facilities.

The Committee passed the bill, which may be considered on the Senate floor at a later date to be determined.

 

Representative Curbelo Hosts Job Fair

On July 25, Representative Carlos Curbelo (R FL-26) was joined by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at a job fair he hosted at Miami Dade's College, in Miami, Florida, to provide constituents with the latest information on possible employment communities in the Miami community.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2015 [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.
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Side-scan sonar sits waiting to be towed behind NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
[Photo: ENS Conor Maginn, NOAA]

 

House Hearing on Fisheries Legislation

On July 23, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans (Chair, Representative John Fleming (R LA–4), held a legislative hearing on three bills. The Deputy Regional Administrator for the West Coast Region of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Barry Thom, testified on two of the bills:

A copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Connecticut Delegation Staff Roundtable on Resiliency

On July 21, staff for the Connecticut Delegation joined NOAA officials for a congressional roundtable on “Supporting Resilient Communities and Ecosystems in Connecticut” that was held at the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus in Groton, Connecticut, hosted by Connecticut Sea Grant. The roundtable was facilitated by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Collaboration Team.

 

Senate and House Members and Staff Attend Teacher At Sea Awards

On July 15, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Representative Mo Brooks (R AL-5), and staff from the offices of Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD, Representative John Sarbanes (D MD-3) and the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and other officials at the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Award Ceremony.

 

House Hearing on Commercial Weather Data

On July 14, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment (Chair, Representative Jim Bridenstine, R OK-1) held a hearing on, “Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts." NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction, Manson K. Brown, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Senator Boxer Visits Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

On July 1, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Hawaii Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary where she saw the traditional fishpond and the ocean sanctuary as well as visit the Maui Ocean Center. Senator Boxer also received briefings on coral reef health, fish populations and the impact of climate change on Hawaiian culture and the economy.

 

June 2015


Senator Murphy Visits Milford Lab

On June 30, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Milford Aquaculture Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut. Senator Murphy received a tour of the facility, was briefed on the Lab’s ongoing Aquaculture and Ecosystem Programming and NOAA’s mission in the New England region.

 

Representative Huffman and Staff for Senator Boxer Attend Sanctuary Event

On June 27, Representative Jared Huffman (D CA-2) and staff for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Banks National Marine Sanctuaries Expansion Celebration in San Francisco, California. During the event, former Representative Lynn Woolsey (D CA-6), who served in Congress for 20 years, was honored for all of her efforts to ensure the success of the expansion and protection of marine resources. 

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Get Into Your Sanctuary Events

On June 27, staff for Members of the Senate and House joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a series of Get Into Your Sanctuary events that were held around the country. During the events all National Marine Sanctuary sites around the nation hosted a variety of activities highlighting the importance of sanctuaries to local businesses, the national economy, and the American people. The offices that participated included:

 

 

NESDIS Newsletter- June 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- June 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senate Committee Markup

On June 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Chair, Senator John Thune, R-SD) held a markup of three bills of interest to NOAA including:

The Committee passed all of the bills, which may now be sent to the Senate floor at a later date to be determined for a vote.

 

Senate and House Staff Visit Choptank Watershed

On June 25, staff for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and the House Committee on Appropriations joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and other officials for a visit to NOAA’s Choptank River Habitat Focus Area in parts of Maryland and Delaware. The Area is a key site under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint, which provides a forward looking framework for NOAA to think and act strategically across programs and with partner organizations to address the growing challenge of coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation.


Senate Committee Staff Visit NSOF

On June 23, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a visit to NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland.

 

Representative Hoyer Tours NOAA Center

On June 19, Representative Steny Hoyer (D MD-5) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, for a tour of NOAA’ Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. During the tour, Representative Hoyer was briefed on the center’s mission, programs, and activities; visit the various operational centers; and will participate in an employee town hall.

 

 

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 2015 [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.
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NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada alongside at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA.
[Photo: Cris Benton]

 

Senate Committee Markup of FY16 Appropriations Bill

On June 11, the Senate Committee on Appropriations (Chair, Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS) held their markup of – and passed - the FY16 appropriations bill that covers the Department of Commerce and NOAA and other agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction. NOAA would be funded at $5.4 billion - nearly equal to the current funding level, but a reduction from the administration's $6 billion request for fiscal 2016, and includes among other provisions

On June 10, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Chair, Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL) held a markup of the FY16 appropriations bill that covers the Department of Commerce and NOAA and other agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction.

 

40th Annual NOAA Fish Fry

On June 10, all interested Members of Congress and congressional staff joined NOAA officials at the annual NOAA Fish Fry. The event featured a variety of fish prepared by guest chefs from across the United States.

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Attend NOAA Ship Deployment Ceremony

On June 8, staff from the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, Vice Admiral Michael Devany, and other NOAA officials for a deployment ceremony for the NOAA ships Fairweather and Rainier as they departed Kodiak, Alaska, for the first leg of a coordinated trackline project to collect bathymetry for the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed traffic corridor from Unimak to Bering Strait. Altogether, the project will collect about 12,000 nautical miles of data along the 4-nautical-mile-wide corridor. The NOAA ships Fairweather and Rainier will also collect data in projects covering 2,800 square nautical miles, in survey projects that include the Southwest half of Kotzebue Bay, Point Hope, and Port Clarence.

 

House Committee Staff Visit Florida Keys Center

On June 5, staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Florida. The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits and is sponsored and operated by NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys, and Eastern National.