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September 2018

NOAA Fleet Update - September 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - September 2018 [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

 

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO): Aircraft Flights and Mission Info Summary for September 2018

Whether studying severe weather, assessing marine mammal populations, surveying coastal erosion, investigating oil spills, flight checking aeronautical charts, or improving hurricane prediction models, OMAO's flight crews, scientists, and partners, operate all across the United States and beyond, including in some of the world's most demanding flight regimes.

The Mission Summary [PDF] provides an overview of the status or location(s) and mission(s) for each aircraft for the month. Please note all mission bases, projected flight locations, and mission parameters and requirements may shift based on changing needs and circumstances.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Markup

On September 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune [(R-SD)] held an executive session to consider nominations and to markup several bills including S 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act. The Committee approved the bill and once reported, it may be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

August 2018

Hurricane Lane Reconnaissance, Response, and Recovery Aircraft Flight and Mission Info Recap

The Hurricane Lane Flight and Mission Info Recap [PDF] provides a summary of OMAO's aircraft flights in support of hurricane reconnaissance, response, and recovery missions related to Hurricane Lane that includes dates and times of flights, data gathered, and images of the flight paths.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

House Staff Visit Sanctuary - Massachusetts

On August 27, staff for Representative Seth Moulton (D MA-6) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Massachusetts.  During the visit, the staff participated in a wildlife observation cruise on the research vessel Auk; learned about the vessel; received a mission brief; and then spent time visiting a real-time whale listening buoy where they viewed feeding whales and birds and gained a better understanding of general user activity in the sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate and House Committee Staff Visit Boulder

On August 20-22, staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology joined NOAA officials for a visit to Boulder, Colorado. The visit highlighted NOAA's important work and partnerships in the region, including programs from NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
OLIA Lead: Rachel Fontana, Elizabeth Clark, Matt Borgia

 

Senate Hearing on Oil Spill Response

On August 20, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [hearing chair, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)] held a field hearing titled, "Pipeline Safety in the Great Lakes: Incident Prevention and Response Efforts at the Straits of Mackinac” in Traverse City, Michigan. The Chief of the Emergency Response Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Scott Lundgren, testified and copy of the written statement may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate Staff Visit Sanctuary - Massachusetts

On August 20, staff for Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff participated in a wildlife observation cruise on the research vessel Auk; learned about the vessel; received a mission brief; and then spent time visiting a real-time whale listening buoy where they viewed feeding whales and birds and gained a better understanding of general user activity in the sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Rubio and Representative Ross Staff Attend Air Museum Event

On August 17, staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) and state and local representatives joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new NOAA exhibit at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Florida. The event was organized and hosted by the Museum.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Hirono Sends Letter and Hawaii Delegation Invited to Marine Center Ceremony

On August 17, Senate and House Members of the Hawaii Delegation and their staff were invited to join officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a Change of Command Ceremony. The Ceremony thanked the outgoing Commander of the Marine Operations Center - Pacific Islands, and welcomed the new Commander. The Members invited included:

Staff for Senator Hirono were scheduled to attend and the Senator also sent a letter of greeting that was read during the Ceremony.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

House Committee Staff Visit Sanctuary - Hawaii

On August 17, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Hawaii Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kauai, Hawaii. During the visit, discussions focused on the Sanctuary's north shore boundary, current issues, and the past year’s unusual flooding event.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

House Committee Staff Visit Seal Habitat Area

On August 16, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to Fuji Beach - an area that is frequented by monk seals in Kauai, Hawaii. The visit was an opportunity for the staff learn more about the seals and NOAA’s efforts to protect the species.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Shea-Porter and Staff For Senator Shaheen Tour Dam Site

On August 16, Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D NH-1) and staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Exeter Great Dam removal site in Dover/Exeter, New Hampshire. The Great Dam Removal Project restored approximately 21 miles of the Exeter River and its tributaries to a free-flowing condition, eliminating a barrier to migrating anadromous fish, improving water quality, and reducing flooding from coastal storms.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

House Committee Staff Visit Estuarine Reserve and IRC

On August 13, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they learned about the unique and diverse upland, estuarine, and marine habitats within the estuary and Kāne‘ohe Bay. The staff then visited the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) where they received a tour and learned about NOAA's work in the region.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Hoeven Hosts Roundtable on Tornado Preparedness

On August 10, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a roundtable discussion in Waterford City, North Dakota. The discussions focused on the recent Watford City/ McKenzie County tornado, NOAA’s Doppler Radar coverage, and how to better prepare citizens in Watford City, the County, and other underserved areas in the state.
OLIA Lead: Rachel Fontana, Matt Borgia

 

Representative Kildee Staff Attend Roundtable

On August 9, staff for Representative Daniel Kildee (D MI-5) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a Great Lakes Congressional Roundtable discussion in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Roundtable provide an opportunity for NMFS to highlight the Restoration Center’s habitat conservation programming in the Great Lakes Region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

House Committee Staff Visit Tsunami Warning Center

On August 9, staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency congressional staff trip. During the visit, the staff toured the Center and were briefed on its activities and mission responsibilities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Collins Staff Visit Field Station

On August 8, staff for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Field Station in Orono, Maine. During the visit, the staff were briefed on NOAA’s Atlantic salmon recovery programming at the Station and at nearby ecosystem restoration sites.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Schatz Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On August 8, staff for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Pacific Islands Regional Office and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center at Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the meeting, the staff met with regional officials and toured the lab.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Herrera Beutler Hosts Grants Seminar

On August 7, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R WA-3) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a Guide to Grants Seminar she hosted in Vancouver, Washington.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate Staff Visit Boulder Facilities

On August 6-10, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction, Dr. Neil Jacobs and other officials for the American Meteorological Society meeting and a visit to NOAA and NOAA partner facilities and programs in Boulder, Colorado. The NOAA programs highlighted included those for NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon, Tanya Dobrzynski

 

Representative Carter Visits Sanctuary on NOAA Ship

On August 6, Representative Buddy Carter (R GA-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah, Georgia, aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The tour provided the staff a chance to learn about the current research expedition at the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo, Tim Bagley

 

Alaska Delegation Invited to Change of Command Ceremony

On August 3, Senate and House Members of the Alaska Delegation, their staff, and local officials were invited to join officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Fairweather in Nome, Alaska. The Ceremony honored the outgoing commander and welcomed the new commander aboard. The Members invited included:

Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, and Representative Young each sent a letter of greeting that was read during the Ceremony.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Pittenger and Senator Burr Staff Meeting on NEXRAD

On August 3, Representative Robert Pittenger (R NC-9) and staff for Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, and local constituents in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a meeting on NEXRAD radar coverage in the area.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Bonamici Staff Visit Research Station

On August 3, staff for Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Newport Research Station in Newport, Oregon. During the visit, the staff met with research personnel to learn about how fisheries are responding to environmental stressors such as ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 2018 [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

 

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO): Aircraft Flights and Mission Info Summary for August 2018

Whether studying severe weather, assessing marine mammal populations, surveying coastal erosion, investigating oil spills, flight checking aeronautical charts, or improving hurricane prediction models, OMAO's flight crews, scientists, and partners, operate all across the United States and beyond, including in some of the world's most demanding flight regimes.

The Mission Summary provides an overview of the status or location(s) and mission(s) for each aircraft for the month. Please note all mission bases, projected flight locations, and mission parameters and requirements may shift based on changing needs and circumstances.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Kennedy Attends NWS Ribbon Cutting

On August 1, Representative Joseph Kennedy III (D MA-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Boston and Northeast River Forecast Center for a Ribbon Cutting in concert with the General Services Administration to celebrate the relocation of this office to Norton, Massachusetts.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senate Committee Markup

On August 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held an executive session to consider and markup several bills including:

The Committee passed the bills and when/if they are reported, may then go to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.