Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

February 1, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

I had the honor of seeing many in our hydrographic community last week at the Field Procedures Workshop in Virginia Beach. I was really impressed by the passion, broad perspective, can-do spirit, and inclusiveness of the gathering. I was pleased to see many of our private sector and interagency colleagues there as well.

For those who are interested, Hydrographic Surveys Division has posted all of the materials from the workshop on an internal google site.

This week I am at the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My goals are to better understand the current state and plans for inland rivers navigation, help integrate USACE control structure operations with the National Water Model, and build momentum toward integration of this model with our coastal hydrodynamic model in the tidal Mississippi.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith