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NOAA starts 2013 post-Sandy surveys at Statue of Liberty
NRT5 surveys the waters around Liberty Island, helping the Park Service prepare for re-opening the American icon.

NOAA kicked off its spring season for post-Sandy hydrographic work on April 11, as a navigation response team -- equipped with high-tech surveying equipment -- began a search for underwater storm debris and mapped the depths surrounding Liberty Island.

Coast Survey's Navigation Response Team 5 was one of the first in-water responders to help re-open the Port of New York and New Jersey immediately after Hurricane Sandy hit last year. They are returning now at the request of the National Park Service, which is working to re-establish safe navigation and docking at the Statue of Liberty, in preparation for its planned re-opening on July 4, 2013, and at Ellis Island.

Dr. David Conlin, chief of the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center, expressed his appreciation for the special survey.

"The Park Service needs highly qualified hydrographic assistance as we move forward with repairs to Liberty Island's permanent docks and as we make sure surrounding waters are safe for passenger ferries and private vessels," Conlin explained. "We are very pleased that Coast Survey is stepping up to help re-open this icon for the American people."

Equipped with multibeam echo-sounding technology and side scan sonar, NRT5 will locate storm debris and identify areas that have depths suitable for the installation of temporary floating docks. If NRT5 finds a danger to navigation, they provide the information to Coast Survey cartographers. If warranted, Coast Survey will publish a Notice to Mariners, and distribute the NM to the U.S. Coast Guard. The team will deliver survey results (including any pertinent images) to the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center.

April 23, 2013

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