Galveston Bay News

File photo: NOAA Ship Fairweather underway in Alaska (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Releases 2018 Hydrographic Survey Plans

.   Louisiana Coast – This survey project addresses concerns of migrating shoals and exposed hazards in the vicinity of the Atchafalaya River Delta and Port of Morgan City.   Approaches to Houston, Texas – The current chart coverage of the area between Galveston Bay and Sabine Bank Channels shows numerous reported wrecks and obstructions. This survey will identify changes to the bathymetry and resolve position uncertainty in known hazards.   Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Fla. – This survey project provides updates to nautical

Aerial view of Louisiana shoreline (Photo: NOAA)

Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Projects Proposed

District ($136,700) Bike and Pedestrian Use Enhancements at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore – Mississippi District ($6,967,000) Restoring Living Shorelines and Reefs in Mississippi Estuaries – coastal Mississippi ($30,000,000) Texas Bird Rookery Islands– Galveston Bay and East Matagorda Bay, Texas ($20,603,770) Sea Turtle Early Restoration – Gulf of Mexico ($45,000,000) Pelagic Longline Bycatch Reduction – Gulf of Mexico ($20,000,000)   It is anticipated that these projects will be included in a draft Phase IV Early Restoration

Annapolis, Maryland, pictured here in 2012, is one of three major East Coast urban areas already being faced with nuisance flooding in excess of 30 days per year. (Credit: With permission from Amy McGovern.)

NOAA: US to See More Floods from Sea Level Rise

; Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; and Wilmington, North Carolina; all along the Mid-Atlantic coast, will soon make, or are already being forced to make, decisions on how to mitigate these nuisance floods earlier than planned. In the Gulf, NOAA forecasts earlier than anticipated floods for Galveston Bay and Port Isabel, Texas. Along the Pacific coast the earlier impacts will be most visible in the San Diego/La Jolla and San Francisco Bay areas. Mitigation decisions could range from retreating further inland to coastal fortification or to a combination of “green” infrastructure

MTR 100: Texas A&M University at Galveston

including the Wetlands Center, Seafood Safety Lab, Sea Life Center Research Lab, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Laboratory for Oceanographic Environmental Research. Campus waterfront operations include a fleet of floating classrooms and laboratories with immediate access to the ocean and Galveston Bay. (As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine

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NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season

in San Francisco Bay and will later survey two anchorages near Benicia, Calif., to chart a shoal that has migrated toward the federal channel. Hydrographic surveys are always in high demand in the Gulf of Mexico. This year, NRT4 is responding to requests by pilots and port authorities to survey Galveston Bay and its vicinity. A NOAA contractor will survey in Louisiana, offshore of Barataria Bay, to acquire the data necessary to establish turnoffs and turning basins for large vessels. A contractor will also survey the approaches to Lake Borgne/Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana, where some chart data

$790,000 Grant Funds HRI Research of Sea Level Rise

of developing new approaches. "HRI has already conducted sea level rise modeling for Galveston, Mustang, and South Padre Islands, and we recently completed a project identifying potential changes caused by sea level rise in ecosystem services values provided by marsh habitats in the Galveston Bay region," Gibeaut said. "This project will use some of the same basic approaches, but will be more extensive in area and analyses." The HRI assessment will involve projecting the geographic changes that sea level rise is expected to cause, the economic impact on the natural and

Duma Looks Deep Down for Energy

US's Duma Energy Corp. says it has received new 3D seismic data in its search for deeper oil reserves in its Galveston Bay producing fields. This new data, which covers three of Duma's fields in Galveston Bay, is part of a broader effort by several other large independent oil companies to identify and exploit the deeper potential believed to exist under the bay and surrounding areas. Duma is looking to exploit these deeper zones on its more than 18,000 acres in the bay. This new 3D seismic data will be an integral part of this effort and the Company is already working to have the newly

DBL 152: Photo credit NOAA

Restoring the GoM Environment Post-2005 Oil Spill

restoration proposed by NOAA to compensate the public for environmental injuries resulting from the oil spill. To help address this, NOAA has  proposed estuarine shoreline protection and a salt marsh creation project at the Texas Chenier Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Galveston Bay. Once the plan is finalized, NOAA would apply to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund -- which is funded through costs and penalties recovered from polluters as well as taxes on the petroleum industry -- to fund the restoration. The Restoration Plan may be accessed here.  

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