NOAA HSRP Great Lakes Public Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, August 30 to September 1, 2016

Meeting Federal Register Notice: FRN Cleveland Meeting HSRP 28 June 2016 15365.pdf
Meeting Flier:
Location: City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone 216-621-0082
Tuesday, August 30 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, August 31     8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, September 1 8:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Photo Gallery:
Agenda: Public Agenda HSRP Cleveland Web Ver16 24 August 2016.pdf
Reference Materials and Links:
Speaker Bios: Bios Speakers Cleveland HSRP Meeting 23 AUG 2016 Final 4.pdf

Tuesday August 30, 2016


Opening Presentation: Mr. Josh Feldmann, Chief of Operations, Buffalo District, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

National Ocean Service’s navigation program updates:


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. Glen G. Nekvasil, Vice 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”
  • Captain George Haynes, Vice President, Lakes Pilots Association, Inc.
    “Great Lakes Weather and Commercial Navigation; A Pilots' Perspective”
  • 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

Wednesday August 31, 2016


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

Moderator: Ms. Deborah H. Lee, PE, PH, D.WRE, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA
  • 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"


National Updates
  • Ms. Helen Brohl, Director, Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS), U.S. Department of Transportation
“Update on CMTS”
  • Ms. Ashley Chappell, Coordinator, Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM) program
    “National Coastal Mapping Strategy (NCMS) and IOCM program”

2:30PM – 5:30PM

HSRP Discussion
Webinar Audio:
Transcripts: Day 1: Transcript: 0830NOAA-HSRP.pdf  0830NOAA-HSRP.docx
Day 2: Transcript: 0831NOAA-HSRP.pdf  0831NOAA-HSRP.docx
Day 3: Transcript: 0901NOAA-HSRP.pdf  0901NOAA-HSRP.docx
Committee Letter:
NOAA Response: Sullivan HSRP Response Letter 161202.pdf

Contact Information

For further information please contact:

NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel
1315 East-West Highway
SSMC3, N/CS, room 6127
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Revised: 3/7/2017