Upcoming NOAA Hydrographic Services Great Lakes Education and Input Events

NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) federal advisory committee 

Great Lakes public meeting, Cleveland, OH, August 30 – September 1, 2016 

NOAA HSRP Great Lakes meeting webinar sign up info: 



This is an invitation to the Great Lakes public meeting of the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee, August 30 to September 1, 2016. The meeting will be at the City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue, suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio. The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides the NOAA Administrator with independent advice on improving the quality, efficiency, and usefulness of NOAA’s navigation-related products, data and services. The meeting is a public forum where product and service users will identify areas that need improvement and consider future ideas and planning. The highlights are the opening session and two special sessions listed below on "Great Lakes Navigation Challenges" and "Hydrographic Services: The Foundation of Great Lakes Water Resources Management and Restoration". 


Stakeholders, partners, students and the public are encouraged to participate in person, via webinar, or to contribute with written comments. Please submit written comments for the HSRP for the members to read in advance, during or after of the meeting. Please sign up for the webinar at the following: 



Background documents, issue papers, updated meeting agendas and the presentations will be posted in advance at the following:


On behalf of the new HSRP Designated Federal Officer and incoming Director of the Office of Coast Survey, Rear Admiral (select) Shep Smith, we hope you can join us and would welcome hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me with questions. Attached please find the draft agenda, the Federal Register Notice and a flier. 

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HSRP Great Lakes Public Meeting, Aug 30-Sept 1, 2016, Cleveland, OH



Please join us for the HSRP public meeting webinar, August 30-September 1, 2016. The webinar will occur when the public meeting is in session each day as listed below and in the agenda. Please refer to the agenda for breaks and specific start and stop times at:


Participants should join 15-20 minutes early to test connectivity and for possible trouble shooting. Once the meeting has started, staff will be running the webinar and will have limited capacity to trouble shoot for participants.

Eastern Time:


Tuesday, August 30, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm 

Wednesday, August 31, 8:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday, Sept 1, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon



Highlighted special sessions include the opening and the following two special sessions: 

Tuesday, August 30, 1:00-2:45pm:

Great Lakes Navigation Challenges:

Challenges facing the Great Lakes ports, waterways and the Saint Lawrence Seaway can benefit from NOAA’s navigational, positioning, and coastal data. The panelists will explore NOAA’s “next generation” of navigation service solutions in the Great Lakes context. The Great Lakes marine transportation system – involving the world’s largest system of surface freshwater – has unique navigational challenges, including environmental performance, seasonal system availability, water level variability, and surface transportation congestion. The panelists will examine how NOAA navigation services and products can help address these challenges, as well as the broader issues involving infrastructure, dredging, expansion of maritime tourism, and waterway management. 

Moderator:  Mr. James H.I. Weakley, President, Lake Carriers Association


·         Ms. Betty Sutton, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Transportation

“Draft Information System – An Innovation in Vessel Traffic Management”

·         Mr. Mike Piskur, Program Manager, Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers

“A Regional Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Maritime System”

·         Captain Dan Gallagher, President, Lakes Pilots Association, Inc.

“PORTs, AIS and Related Safety on the Great Lakes”

·         Mr. Michael R. Miller, Acting Chief, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft

                 “The Value of NOAA and Recreational Boating in Ohio” 

Wednesday, August 31, 9:45-11:45am:

Hydrographic Services: The Foundation of Great Lakes Water Resources Management and Restoration

The Great Lakes region faces unique challenges in water resources management and environmental restoration.  The dynamic nature of the climate and earth’s crust require state-of-the-science hydrographic services to provide the foundation for lake regulation, water balance accounting, navigation and sediment dredging and environmental restoration of the nearshore.  This panel will examine these challenges and discuss potential measures for improvement of services. 


Ms. Deborah Lee, Director, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory 

·         Mr. John T. Allis, Chief, Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Detroit District, and U.S. Chair, Great Lakes Coordinating Committee,  "Great Lakes Water Level Regulation and Forecasting"

·         Mr. Thomas R. Crane, Deputy Director, Great Lakes Commission

“Collaborative Efforts Addressing Regional Sediment Management, Dredging and Nearshore Restoration Challenges in the Great Lakes”

·         Ms. Jackie Adams, Environmental Scientist, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“EPA & GLRI: An Overview of the Use of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services”