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Delaware Spotlight

Storm harden water level station installed at Quonset Point in August 2014

The Delaware office remains a NOAA centric office focused on Operation, Maintenance, Repair, and Management contracts for the NOAA CO-OPS PORTS networks. Presently the office has five staff members based in Dover, DE, one technician in Gloucester, VA, and one technician in Jacksonville, FL. Woods Hole Group Delaware personnel continue to perform operations and maintenance activities for NOAA PORTS systems. In July of 2014, Woods Hole Group was awarded the “Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the East Coast Observing Systems” contract from NOAA. This contract is a for a period of five years that covers the Narragansett Bay, New London, New Haven, New York-New Jersey Harbor, Delaware Bay, Upper Chesapeake Bay, Lower Chesapeake Bay, and Charleston PORTS networks. Woods Hole Group staff will continue to provide NOAA with unparalleled service for their PORTS system providing both routine and annual maintenance, along with major repairs for the majority of the NOAA PORTS stations along the East Coast of the US.

In June of 2014, Woods Hole Group was awarded the “Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the Western Gulf of Mexico” contract that included Lake Charles PORTS, Houston-Galveston PORTS, and the Texas NWLON network. This contract is also for a period of five years. These stations will be managed by Woods Hole Group, but operations will be performed by our strong IDIQ partner from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Conrad Blucher Institute. The two contract awards represent a large commitment from NOAA, and are indicative of the level of satisfaction NOAA has with the Woods Hole Group.

Over the past few months, Woods Hole Group was awarded contracts to repair multiple stations damaged during Hurricane Sandy. These stations include Quonset Point water level and current meter station in RI, Conimicut Light water level station in RI, The Narrows current meter station in NY, Bergen Point water level in NY, Brandywine Light Shoal water level station in DE, and Brown Shoal current meter station in DE. Work is either in progress or completed at these stations, and will be completed by the end of the year. The aim of the rebuild for each station in addition to restoring data flow, is to harden these stations above highest observed storm surge during Hurricane Sandy. Installation of the new metrological station on the USCG Mariner’s Harbor Tower in Staten Island, NY was finally approved, and will be installed by the end of the year. The new station is funded by the USACE NY and NY/NJ PORT Authority. Data will be hosted by NOAA as part of the New York/New Jersey Harbor PORTS system. This involves installing dual met sensors on a 200 feet tall USCG communications tower with the sensors installed at 160 feet, along with a new set of data collection and transmission equipment.

New Microwave water level sensor installed adjacent to conventional Aquatrak water level sensor at Conimicut Light in August 2014

The operation and maintenance phase of Jacksonville PORTS network that Woods Hole Group installed for the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX), in partnership with NOAA, has been ongoing since April 2014 when the JXPORTS was declared operational and public dissemination of the data started. The Jacksonville PORTS network is the second largest behind the Chesapeake Bay PORTS network consisting of eighteen stations along the St. Johns River, including six water level stations with associated sensors, three visibility stations, seven current meter systems, one conductivity-only station, and one air gap station. The data are available on the NOAA PORTS webpage. Woods Hole Group will continue with Operations and Maintenance of this PORTS network for at least the next three years. At this time all stations are fully operational and producing high quality data for the St. Johns River maritime community and future port stakeholders in Jacksonville. The Delaware office continues to provide support for the ongoing Philadelphia Water Department project, providing field support for the long-term current monitoring stations, short-term current meter deployments, and the dye tracer study. Since May 2014 Woods Hole Group DE personnel have taken the lead on the installation and routine maintenance of two continuous YSI dissolved oxygen monitoring systems for this project.

The Delaware office also provided field assistance for the Mullica River portion of the Newtown Creek Sediment Toxicity Test Work Plan during the initial pilot study in August, with continued support during the remainder of sampling events this fall.

Woods Hole Group Delaware office will continue to work closely with the Falmouth, MA and Houston, TX offices supporting the NOAA PORTS contracts and additional projects throughout the remainder of the year.

Submitted by:

Clinton Hare, PhD
Mid-Atlantic Manager/Oceanographer

Contact Information:
Woods Hole Group – Delaware
100 Carlson Way, Suite 9
Dover, DE 19901

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