NOAA 2005-R405
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Contact: Ben Sherman
1/26/05
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NOAA STARTS NEW CHARTING AND HYDRO SURVEYING OF THE ATCHAFALAYA

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced today that the Office of Coast Survey has started a large hydrographic surveying and charting effort in coastal Louisiana aimed at updating charts of the Atchafalaya River, Bay and nearby offshore waters. The survey effort, which will include new shoreline and hydrographic surveys, started this week and will continue for several months. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“This charting effort is part of NOAA’s continuing mission to maintain and produce accurate and reliable navigational charts of the United States,” said Captain Roger Parsons, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “This new survey and charting effort is part of NOAA’s plans to survey and update charts of critical areas of the Gulf of Mexico.”

NOAA will use the R/V Davidson, a 175-foot survey vessel, and two field launches and will utilize sidescan sonar surveying technology. New aerial photography will also be acquired to update the shoreline of the Atchafalaya area and to the charts for this area. A Navigational Response Team hydro survey field party, also part of the Office of Coast Survey, will join the effort and survey areas in and around the Port of Morgan City and the navigation channels of the Atchafalaya River.

Two NOAA tide and water level stations, now operating in the Morgan City and Atchafalaya Delta, will provide tide and water level records as part of the survey effort.

The Office of Coast Survey, a component of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, has a long history as the oldest scientific organization in the United States, dating to 1807. Today the Office of Coast Survey is known for the useful and necessary navigational products that are required for the safe and efficient maritime commerce in and out of our nation's ports.

NOAA’s Ocean Service is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving, and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. The NOAA Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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