Please accept this reminder for the New Orleans’ meeting of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Federal Advisory Committee, the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP).  The meeting will begin tomorrow morning, Tuesday, August 27th and complete on Thursday, August 29th the meetings are open to the public and will be hosted at the Monteleone Hotel at 214 Royal Street (New Orleans) with a daily start at approximately 0830 hours.


The opening session scheduled from 0900 hours to 1030 hours on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 features introductory and welcoming remarks from:


  1. Mr. Ed Saade the President of USA Fugro and the HSRP Chairman;
  2. Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, the Director of the Office Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA and the HSRP designated Federal Official;
  3. Ms. Nicole LeBeouf, Acting Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service and NOAA;
  4. Read Admiral Tim Galludet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator;
  5. Lt. Governor William H. Nungesser (“Billy”) confirmed;
  6. Colonel Stephen Murphy, Commander New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
  7. Captain Kristi Luttrell, Commander Sector New Orleans (Captain of the Port) Sector New Orleans 8th U.S. Coast Guard District;
  8. Mrs. Brandy Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; and
  9. Ms. Claire Trokey, Legislative Director for Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed.


The meetings are open to the public and members of the navigation community are encourage to participate, especially based on relevant meeting topics.


Please see the attached draft agenda and below for more detailed information, additional information is available on the NOAA HSRP’s website by click the following link:


HSRP Announcements


HSRP Background:


In October 2003, Secretary of Commerce Don Evans established the Hydrographic Services Review Panel as directed by the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-372. The Panel is composed of a diverse field of experts in hydrographic surveying, vessel pilotage, port administration, tides and currents, coastal zone management, geodesy, recreational boating, marine transportation, and academia. Advice from this panel will assist in addressing NOAA’s strategic plan to improve the nation’s marine transportation system and NOAA’s plans to support commerce with world-class products and services that will help ensure safe, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation.


The HSRP Federal Advisory Committee public meeting will focus on topics related to navigation services. There will be updates from the three HSRP working groups (WG) including the Planning and Engagement WG, Technology WG, and Arctic Priorities WG, review and discussion of proposed priorities for the HSRP, issue papers and recommendations to NOAA, comments and suggestions regarding regional, state and national priorities. There will be updates from the National Ocean Service program offices related to navigation services – National Geodetic Service, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, the Office of Coast Survey as well as the University of New Hampshire’s Joint Hydrographic Center and Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The agenda times and speakers are subject to change so please reference the most recent draft online.


If I can be of assistance or answer any questions do not hesitate to contact me, thank you.


Best Regards,


Sean M. Duffy, Sr.

Executive Director

Big River Coalition


Phone    (504) 833-4190 x 805

Cell       (504) 338-3165

Fax        (888) 254-4553




NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel   

August 27-29, 2019, New Orleans, LA


NOAA HSRP NOLA Agenda 82319.pdf

NOAA HSRP public meeting:

Attached please find a link to a recent draft agenda for the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee. You are encouraged to attend in person and there is also a webinar for those not in the area.



The Monteleone Hotel, 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130



We’ll be happy to put you on the email list for the New Orleans meeting and provide updates.

While the meeting is public and all are welcome, we’d welcome an RSVP so we can save you a seat and for planning purposes. Can you please RSVP as possible to and



*Draft meeting agenda:

(* The times and speakers are subject to change – please pull the most recent agenda from the web.)



The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that provides NOAA with independent advice on improving the quality, efficiency, and usefulness of NOAA’s navigation-related products, data, and services. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator about its navigation (i.e. nautical charts and ENCs), physical oceanographic (i.e. tides & water levels), geospatial, positioning, and shoreline programs, products, and services. There are two public meetings each year in different port regions at which we seek public comments from stakeholders and partners.



Public comments on the meeting topics are encouraged in writing in advance, in person at the meeting, or in writing via the chat function during the webinar: and



Please plan to log in at least 15 minutes in advance to allow the updates to be installed and for trouble shooting as necessary. Please register in advance for the HSRP Public Meeting webinar at:




HSRP Recommendations:

HSRP Panel member bios:

Federal Register Notice for the HSRP New Orleans meeting:


CONTACTS for further information: and


Sincerely, Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee

Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, N/CS

1315 East West Hwy., ssmc3 #6413 Silver Spring, MD 20910

NOTE NEW phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Fax 301-713-4019 – notify first

HSRP public meetings

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