Delaware Spotlight

Newly installed wind monitors at Mariners Harbor, NY. 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.

WHG personnel continue to perform operations and maintenance activities for NOAA PORTS systems in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions under the “Operation, Maintenance, Repair & Management of the East Coast Observing Systems” contract from NOAA. WHG is about to complete the first year of the newly awarded five year contract that covers the Narragansett Bay, New London, New Haven, New York-New Jersey Harbor, Delaware River and Bay, Upper Chesapeake Bay, Lower Chesapeake Bay, and Charleston PORTS networks. WHG staff continues to provide NOAA with unparalleled service providing both routine and annual maintenance, along with station upgrades and emergency repairs for the PORTS along the East Coast of the US.

WHG continues to work with our IDIQ partner from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) servicing PORTS and NLWON station for NOAA under 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. These stations will be managed by Woods Hole Group, but day to day operations are being performed by our partners at CBI.

Newly installed visibility station at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, MD.

During the past six-months, WHG was awarded and has worked with NOAA to install multiple new visibility stations and air gap stations. Two visibility stations were installed within the Narragansett Bay PORTS system in Fall River, MA and Prudence Island, RI with a third station pending installation in RI. In the Upper Chesapeake Bay, a visibility station was installed under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, MD, and an air gap station was installed on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Dundalk, MD. An additional visibility station to be installed close to the Francis Scott Key Bridge is pending following final station design and review.

The installation of the new meteorological station on the USCG Mariners Harbor Tower in Staten Island, NY was completed in early May 2015 and data dissemination was started by NOAA in late May. The new station is being funded by the USACE NY and NY/NJ PORT Authority. The data are be hosted by NOAA as part of the New York/New Jersey Harbor PORTS system. The data are available on the NOAA PORTS webpage. The new meteorological station consists of two wind monitors installed at 160 feet on the 200 feet tall USCG communications tower.

The operation and maintenance phase of the Jacksonville PORTS network WHG 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. WHG will continue with Operations and Maintenance of this PORTS network and is presently working with JMTX to extend the operations and maintenance program. 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 and short-term current meter deployments. In additional, WHG DE personnel worked with Falmouth office to provide field assistance for the Newtown Creek Sediment Toxicity Test Work Plan last fall into the beginning of 2015. More about the PWD program is in our feature article.

The WHG 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
100 Carlson Way, Suite 9
Dover, DE 19901

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