Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor waiting authorization from Congress for deepening.

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ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Nadia Lombardero

 

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Ms. Lombardero is ANAMAR's owner and President. She has been working with various governmental agencies and managing a variety of large, complex environmental projects since 1991. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology from the University of Florida. Her areas of expertise include sediment chemistry and toxicology, organic chemistry, QA/QC protocols, business administration and business development, project management, laboratory and field audits, and analytical data interpretation. 

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • Since 2000

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Owner, President

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Helping people

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • Field surveys- I enjoy the outdoors and the challenge

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • Being Donald Duck

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • A veterinarian

Q: Finish this sentence: "Something you may not know about me is...."

  • I love climbing trees and playing arborist.

Q:  Describe what you were like at the age of 10.

  • Way too serious and studious

Q:  Who is your favorite musician or band?

  • Too many to name, depends on the day and my mood

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Just lost my beloved kitty of 20 years...Bianca

Q:  If you could take a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • Tibet

Q:  What are 3 of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

  • Cooking
  • Climbing (almost any type of climbing)
  • SCUBA diving

Q:  If you could be an ocean dweller for a day which type of sea creature would you be?

  • Dolphin

Q:  What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • Establish scholarship funds and help educate people about the need to sustainably protect our environment.

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ANAMAR Biologist, Jason Seitz’s Publication on Taxonomic Resolution of Sawfish Rosta Published in Endangered Species Research (ESR)

 

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A synopsis of Jason Seitz and Jan Jeffrey Hoover’s evaluations of two large private collections of sawfish rosta (saws) has been published in the latest issue of ESR, an online-only international and multidisciplinary open-access journal on endangered species research.

Click here to read the article.

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Word of the Day: Intexticated

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Intexticated is a term coined to refer to an individual who is distracted by texting or composing an email on a handheld device while walking or driving, and is therefore unaware of the surroundings. As a result, this person may move and/or react as if intoxicated, which is why the term combines the words "texting" and "intoxicated."

The definition above is verbatim from an article published on Techopedia and can be found here.

In other words:

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive While Intexticated.

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Plastic Consumption in Burrow-Nesting Seabirds

 

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Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS) the “Dinnerbell”

Research conducted at the University of California offers new evidence as to why burrow-nesting seabirds are driven to consume plastic. During these studies, scientists began to focus on DMS, a highly sulfuric infochemical formed during the enzymatic breakdown of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in marine phytoplankton. Scientists noted that in pelagic ecosystems, the amount of DMS increases while zooplankton are grazing on phytoplankton, which in turn triggers foraging responses throughout the marine food chain.

Marine Exposure on Plastic

Through a series of analyses, scientists tested the sulfur signature of the three most common types of plastic beads before and after marine exposure: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and polypropylene (PP). Using solid-phase microextraction (SPME), gas chromatography (GC), and a sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD), scientists concluded that plastics that weren’t exposed to saltwater had no DMS (sulfuric) signature; however, a DMS signature was detected on every sample that had been exposed to saltwater for 1 month.

Plastic Ingestion in Seabirds

Scientists began to compare plastic ingestion in seabirds that are DMS-responsive and seabirds that are nonresponsive to DMS and noted that DMS-responsive seabirds have a significantly greater plastic ingestion rate than birds that are nonresponsive to DMS. Scientists also studied plastic ingestion rates in both burrow-nesting seabirds and surface-nesting seabirds and noted that burrow-nesting seabirds illustrated a significantly higher frequency of plastic ingestion. In turn, the data combined suggest that burrow-nesting seabirds (such as the procellariform seabirds or the albatross) have a higher frequency of plastic ingestion because they are DMS-responsive.

More information concerning this study can be found in Science Advances Magazine at http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/11/e1600395.full

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In Celebration of International Women's Day, ANAMAR Commends The ‘Black Mamba’ (an All-Female Unit Working in South Africa) For Their Successful Anti-Poaching Efforts

 

Getting to Know the Black Mamba

The Black Mamba is a private anti-poaching unit (APU) founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa with initial duties to protect the Olifants West Region of South Africa’s Balule Nature Reserve. It has since expanded to protect all of the Balule Reserve. The Balule Reserve is on the western side of South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, a park that is home to many protected species such as rhinos, elephants, lions, zebras, pangolin, buffalo, giraffe, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, and many more. The Mamba consists of 26 women from disadvantaged communities bordering the park. They have undergone 6 weeks of paramilitary training and wildlife education and now work alongside 23 armed guards and an intelligence team to protect 40,000 hectares (approx. 154 sq. miles). Typical tasks include walking several miles a day patrolling perimeter fences, searching for signs of poachers, reporting animals that have been poached, searching for and dismantling traps, installing wildlife tracking collars, and helping care for animals that have been injured or were separated from their mothers. Typical working conditions can be physically demanding, with temperatures typically reaching upwards of 100°F. The Mambas also work among potentially dangerous wildlife and hostile poachers. Their job doesn’t stop when they leave the Reserve Mambas also conduct the Bush Baby Environmental Education Program, an environmental awareness program that is currently integrated into several local primary schools that reach several hundred students. The program’s objectives are to educate the youth about their surrounding ecology and give them a better understanding of conservation by raising awareness of their environment and instilling better environmental problem-solving skills that will serve them well as environmental caretakers for South Africa’s future.

 

The Black Mamba Success Story

Six months prior to formation of the Black Mambas APU, 16 rhino fatalities occurred within the Balule Reserve. Within 12 months after the Mambas began patrolling, the reserve had only three rhino fatalities. Since this APU formed, the Balule Reserve has reported a 76% decline in snaring and poisoning activities. The success of the Black Mambas has not gone unnoticed. Last year the Mambas received the Champions of the Earth award , the UN’s highest environmental honor awarded to those showing tremendous courage in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. This year the Mambas will receive the Innovation of Conservation award from the UK charity Helping Rhinos. The award is given in recognition of the Mambas’ “inspiring and innovative approach” that has yielded such positive results in protecting the rhino. The UN and Helping Rhinos aren’t the only organizations to recognize the Mambas’ success. South Africa’s National Parks Authority is planning to replicate the Black Mamba model, with plans for another team of six female rangers.

 

Why Has Poaching Become a Problem?

In an article with The Guardian, Felicia Mogakane, a Mamba member, states:  

“Firstly, poaching was for bushmeat. People say ‘we don’t have jobs so we must go inside the reserve and poach some impala so that we can sell it and get some money to buy groceries for our family’. In most cases now, people come in for rhinos, because they want to get rich, drive some fancy cars, and build a nice house.”

In the same article with The Guardian, Siphiwe Sithole, another Black Mamba member, states:

“Some of the people who are doing these things went to school with us … you come to ask yourself ‘why are they doing this? Why has this person turned his mind to become a killer? To destroy our nature?’ It feels very sad and what they are doing is very wrong.”

“Before we started it, people were not aware, but now we teach the kids and they go back home and send the messages to their parents. They might know now that if they continue to do this we might end up without any rhino.”

 

How Can We Help?

Each Mamba receives a salary but also relies on donations from organizations such as Sponsor a Black Mamba for compensation. There are also other donation campaigns as well as several sponsors and partners that aid in keeping proper funds available for the Black Mambas to continue having necessary equipment in the field and enough funds to continue offering their environmental education courses to the youth. Giving money is one of many ways to support these trail-blazing women with their efforts in conservation. Perhaps simply sharing their inspirational story may give rise to other courageous conservation efforts.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.blackmambas.org/

http://balule.krugerpark.co.za/Balule_Travel_Guide-Travel/Balule_Travel_Guide.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/26/the-all-female-patrol-stopping-south-africas-rhino-poachers

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ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Paul Berman

 

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Mr. Berman has a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Florida. He worked in an environmental laboratory from 1986 until 2008, when he joined the staff at ANAMAR full time. He has extensive knowledge and experience in physical and chemical analyses in water quality testing, data review and validation, quality assurance/quality control, laboratory standard operating procedures, laboratory auditing, project management and environmental regulations. 

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • 10 years

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Quality Assurance Officer

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Knowing that it is beneficial to a lot of people, helping both economic development and the environment.

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • Charleston Post 45 Widening and Deepening, since it was a very big and important project.

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • I only had one other real job before ANAMAR, I was an analyst, QA Officer and Project Manager at an Environmental Laboratory in Gainesville.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • An astronaut

Q:  Finish this sentence: “Something you may not know about me is…”.

  • I was in the Gator Marching Band in college.

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Cat-Brian
  • Cat-Setzer

Q:  If you could time travel, to what place AND time would you go and why?

  • July 20, 1969, to see the moon landing of Apollo 11.

Q:  If you could own a plot of land anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  • I already own it in High Springs, FL., where I live.

Q:  If you could be an ocean dweller for a day which type of sea creature would you be?

  • A dolphin or maybe a kraken, depending on the day!

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • I would pay off my house!

Q: What's your favorite childhood memory?

  • High school band competition my sophomore year.
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ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Tessie Cake

Tessie Cake is the Chief Canine Officer at ANAMAR. She specializes in the development of visitor relations with office guests and diligently enforces routine employee exercise breaks. Although Tessie is a buddy to all she takes her job very seriously and shows no favoritism when tasking out commands for idle hands periodically throughout the day; especially, during faculty meetings.

Q: How long have you been hanging around ANAMAR?

  • Papa has brought me in to work daily since about 2008, when I ran away from his house near Gainesville and ended up about 60 miles away near the ocean in Cedar Key.

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • CCO (Chief Canine Officer)

Q: Which ANAMAR employee belongs to you?

  • They all do!

Q: What breed are you?

  • Something black and white, possible border collie except that I have no herding instinct whatsoever and I see no reason why I should try to catch a Frisbee.

Q: How old are you?

  • No one really knows how old I am but the vet thinks I am about 13.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do while in the office?

  • Sleep
  • Demand to go out
  • Check for handouts in the kitchen
  • Sleep
  • Demand to go out
  • Check for handouts in the kitchen

Q: Finish this sentence: “Something you may not know about me is…”

  • I’ve been shot before and I have a piece of buckshot lodged in my abdomen.

Q: Describe what you were like as a puppy?

  • I wandered around lost in Arizona where I broke my front shoulder and got shot before some nice lady found me in a grocery store parking lot, took me home, nursed me back to health and brought me to Florida.

Q:  What are some of your favorite hobbies in your down time away from the office?

  • Exploring new places so far from home that papa has to come find me and bring me back.
  • Chasing those evil squirrels.

Q:  What treat should someone bring as an offering to strengthen your buddy ship?

  • Salmon is my favorite but anything that isn’t a vegetable product will do!

Q:  How do you think your papa would describe you in 6 words?

  • She who doesn’t listen to me.

 

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Gainesville Hosts 3rd Annual “Great Invader Raider Rally”

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This Saturday, January 28, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the City of Gainesville will host the 3rd annual “Great Invader Raider Rally”. The rally is a 1-day volunteer-powered event to remove trash and non-native invasive plant life from around Gainesville’s city parks. The first portion of the event will be the clean-up effort and will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 am in pre-selected natural areas around Gainesville. The second portion of the event will be the celebration and will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Morningside Nature Center. The celebration will feature live music from local band “Wax Wings” as well as prizes from local businesses to honor the top volunteers of 2016. All volunteers in this event must be registered. Registration ended January 27 with a whopping 913 participants registered! As a thank you, all participants will receive a commemorative Raider Rally t-shirt designed by local artist Molly Kempson and will feel gratified in knowing that local plant life now has a better chance to prosper.

The “Great Invader Raider Rally” is part of the “Gainesville Greenway Challenge” (GGC), a community/volunteer based invasive species removal effort, with participants meeting the first Saturday of every month. GGC funding is provided by a grant from Environmental Solutions for Communities, which is a $15 million 5-year initiative launched in 2012 by Wells Fargo Bank and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

“We are excited to have 913 volunteers to help remove extensive amounts of Coral ardisia tomorrow morning! With this many volunteers we can really put a dent in the invasive species population, which will allow our native ecosystems to thrive once again!”

-Kentucky Costellow

Recreation Leader

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department

City of Gainesville

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ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: Terence “Terry” Cake

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Terry Cake is the Senior Engineer and Vice President of ANAMAR. He has been working in the fields of water resources, environmental engineering, and permitting with federal, state, and local agencies since 1992. He has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. His areas of specialization include hydrology, surface water quality, water and wastewater treatment, environmental biology, coastal and estuarine ecology, geology, environmental chemistry, surveying, dredged material management, permitting and compliance, technical writing, data and business management and project management.

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • Since 2003

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Vice-President, Senior Engineer, Project Manager

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • Field work and winning contracts!

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • San Juan 103, because of the added challenge and variety of working in Puerto Rico.

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • Unusual: Chicken farm worker
  • Interesting: Consulting Engineer in Cairo, Egypt

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • An astronaut

Q:  Who is your favorite musician or band?

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • Dog-Tessie the ANAMAR CCO (Chief Canine Officer)

Q:  If you could take a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • Antarctica

Q:  What are 3 of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

  • Air boating, travel, fishing/diving

Q:  If you could time travel, to what place AND time would you go and why?

  • Orange Lake, Florida pre-Columbus – just to see what it looked like then.

Q:  What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • A new airboat

Q:  What is your favorite childhood memory?

  • Working on tractors with Grandpa

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Partner with Fishbrain APP Users to Track Florida Nonnative Freshwater Fish

 

In an effort to utilize the age of technology, FWC has partnered with the U.S. Florida Fish Wildlife Services and Fishbrain app with hopes to invite the 250,000 anglers currently using the app in Florida to help monitor 15 types of nonnative freshwater fish found in Florida waters.

The Fishbrain APP is a $5.99 IOS, Android friendly application designed to allow anglers from around the world to track their catches as well as to share useful intel with other users.

The use of a phone APP to collect scientific data among scientists and ordinary people is becoming increasingly popular and foolproof as inevitably technology only advances in automated recognition while our phones also have the capability to access and store other useful data such as GPS, date, time, tides and even the weather. Although the increase of such technological methods of collecting and storing data will likely benefit conservation, perhaps obsolete will be the old fashioned need to carry a clipboard and nostalgic will be the smell of sharpening a pencil, and gone will be the sloppy jittery jot of a scientist’s handwriting on actual paper.

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife news article can be found here:

http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2016/december/20/fishbrain/

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Happy Holidays

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ANAMAR would like to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!

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ANAMAR Employee Spotlight Questionnaire: John Kearney

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John is ANAMAR’s wonderful Controller/Accountant. He keeps us all sorted out in the billing department!

Q: How long have you worked at ANAMAR?

  • Almost 3 years

Q: What is your title at ANAMAR?

  • Controller

Q: What do you like most about your job?

  • The pleasant atmosphere. The staff are friendly and cooperative.

Q: What has been your favorite project/task at ANAMAR and why?

  • All of my tasks have been my favorite!

Q: Before working at ANAMAR, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

  • All of my jobs have been usual and interesting. I could tell of interesting and unusual assignments but it would take much more space than allotted.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • I remember in the 8th grade saying I wanted to be a lawyer. Well, I guess I wanted a profession, so becoming a CPA was a pretty good choice for me.

Q:  Describe what you were like at the age of 10.

  • I was a kid and like most kids, I tried to have fun! I liked playing baseball a lot at 10.

Q:  Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pet/pets and what are their names?

  • One dog, a beagle we adopted her. She was used to teach veterinarians. She was shy when we got her, but now she has changed. She does not bark at all. We have had her for 5 years, she is 7 years old.

Q:  If you could take a free vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • Well this one is on my bucket list now but it would be nice if it were free: a river cruise on the Danube and Rhine rivers in Europe!

Q:  If you could time travel, to what place AND time would you go and why?

  • I would go to Jerusalem and neighboring towns at the time of Jesus Christ. I would like to see his preaching, the miracle we read about in the Bible including the crucifixion. It would be awesome to be able to return to our current day and tell the stories from a first person point of view.

Q:  If you could be an ocean dweller for a day which type of sea creature would you be?

  • A six gill shark. I could go to the deepest parts of the ocean and still be one of the strongest creatures so I can protect myself.

Q: If you could be any type of animal for a day what would you be and why?

  • A bald eagle so I can fly high and see so much of the earth.

Q: What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

  • I would buy a golf course, make it nice and enjoy golf with my regular crew.

Q: What's your favorite childhood memory?

  • My favorite childhood memories are the rounds of golf I played with my father and brother. We were always competitive, my father always won (he was good). As adults we had a chance to beat him, but not many times for me. I hope they have found a course in heaven and that I may be able to play with them again, if I make it!

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Water for People: Terry Cake’s Story of Volunteering in India

When ANAMAR’s vice-president Terry Cake returned from his travels to West Bengal, India, he returned with so many photos and interesting stories that we decided to share them on ANAMAR’s blog.

Terry was part of a team of volunteers specifically chosen by ‘Water for People’ based on their professional experiences, backgrounds, and interests. His assignment was to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of existing water, sanitation, and hygiene-related systems. This is Terry’s story:

 

 

 

 

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What Is Side Scan Sonar?

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This blog was copied from an article that was originally posted on NOAA’s Ocean Service Education page. The image above is the side scan sonar towfish ANAMAR used in a survey off the coast of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

What Is Side Scan Sonar?

Side scan sonar creates a picture or an image of the sea floor.  It measures the strength of how "loud" the return echo is and paints a picture.

Hard areas of the sea floor like rocks reflect more sound and have a stronger or louder return signal than softer areas like sand. Areas with loud echoes are darker than areas with quiet echoes. Objects or features that rise above the sea floor also cast shadows in the sonar image where no sound hit. The size of the shadow can be used to estimate the size of the feature.

Pictured below is a shipwreck ANAMAR found in the Atlantic a few years ago using sidescan sonar.

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Word of the Day: Lightering

Word of the Day: Lightering

Definition

Lightering (also called lighterage) is the process of transferring cargo between vessels of different sizes, usually between a barge and a bulker or oil tanker. Lightering is undertaken to reduce a vessel's draft in order to enter port facilities which cannot accept very large ocean-going vessels. Lightering can also refer to the use of a lighter barge for any form of short-distance transport, such as to bring railroad cars across a river. In addition, lightering can refer to the process of removing oil or other hazardous chemicals from a compromised vessel to another vessel to prevent oil from spilling into the surrounding waters.

 

History

Lightering was practiced for all types of cargo for centuries. The practice became more widespread with the 19th century introduction of steamships too large to enter some of ports they intended to serve, in which case lightering became necessary to reduce the vessels' draft sufficiently to enter the port. Dredging, advances in dock construction, and containerization have reduced the frequency of the practice in dry bulk shipping after the middle of the 20th century. However, the practice remains in common usage in the oil tanking industry ("wet" cargo trade).

This article was copied from an article on Wikipedia® and the photo is courtesy of wikimedia commons. distributed under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License

Here’s a recent article in which the process of lightering occurs.  http://maritime-executive.com/article/lightering-underway-after-mississippi-barge-allision

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Georgia Ports Authority Purchases Four More Cranes as Part of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

Georgia Ports Authority Purchases Four More Cranes as Part of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

The Port of Savannah is in the process of preparing for larger vessels anticipated to be brought in by the expanded Panama Canal.  Key portions of this preparation include deepening of the Savannah Harbor federal shipping channel from -42 feet to -47 feet, and purchasing four more cranes to expedite the ship offloading process.  ANAMAR is working with several USACE districts to help prepare East Coast ports for these larger vessels.  Check out this Dredging Today article to learn more about the Savannah Harbor Expansion.

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Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

 

NOTE:  ANAMAR had the privilege of performing MPRSA Section 103 testing of the new work material to be dredged.  This consisted of sediment sampling and analysis, including physical, chemical, and biological (bioaccumulation, bioassay) testing.  Additionally, ANAMAR produced the NEPA document for the necessary expansion of the Charleston ODMDS.

Charleston Harbor is currently in the final pre-construction stage of the deepening process. Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy has signed off on a Record of Decision stating that Charleston has fulfilled all of the pre-construction requirements.  Charleston awaits authorization from Congress to move forward.

Check out this Dredging Today Article to learn more!

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Word of the Day: Parbuckle

 

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1.
a kind of tackle for raising or lowering a cask or similar object along aninclined plane or a vertical surface, consisting of a rope looped over apost or the like, with its two ends passing around the object to bemoved.
2.
a kind of double sling made with a rope, as around a cask to be raisedor lowered.
 
 
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Happy Holidays!!!

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Expansion of the Jacksonville Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Is Finalized

USACE Jacksonville and EPA Region 4 identified the need to either designate another Jacksonville ODMDS or expand the current 1‑square nautical mile (nmi2) site. ANAMAR was contracted in 2009 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for this multi-year, multi-faceted site designation project. Congratulations to all the people who worked on this project! The final rule will go into effect on November 13 designating the new 4.56‑nmi2 area.

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