On January 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’ (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey announced the Hydrographic Surveying Matching Fund opportunity pilot program. The new program aims to encourage non-federal entities to partner with NOAA on jointly-funded hydrographic surveying, mapping and related activities of mutual interest. NOAA would match partner funds and rely on its existing contract arrangements to conduct the actual surveying and mapping activities. NOAA is requesting that interested entities submit proposals by February 26 to email@example.com. For more information, click here, or contact Ashley Chappell, NOAA Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Coordinator at 240-429-0293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to NOAA, the goal of the pilot program is to acquire more ocean and coastal hydrographic surveying for mutual benefit, including for safe navigation, integrated ocean and coastal mapping, coastal zone management, coastal and ocean science and other activities. The program relies on NOAA's hydrographic expertise, appropriated funds, and its authority to receive and expend matching funds contributed by partners to conduct surveying and mapping activities. Through the pilot program’s fund matching opportunity, NOAA hopes to expand collaborative partnerships and mapping efforts while also serving to increase funds available for NOAA hydrographic contracts.
Counties rely heavily on coastal surveys and mapping data to develop effective hazard mitigation plans, especially coastal counties that are susceptible to major flooding events. Through the Digital Coast Partnership, NACo works closely with NOAA to ensure accurate and reliable date is available to county officials. Resources like Digital Coast provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training and information needed to make data truly useful.