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  • July 03, 2017 12:41 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The Real Time GPS Network operated by LSU C4G has added Ship Island to the Network to increase the real time coverage in the Gulf and nearshore waters for coastal surveying, hydro surveying, coastal restoration and coastal protection projects as well as state, federal and local infrastructure projects. 


    As the attached graphics show, coverage of the GPS CORS based Real Time Network has expanded significantly for SE Louisiana, Coastal Mississippi and coastal/nearshore and offshore areas. 


    In addition to the ability to survey and work in real time with the RTN and GPS CORS network, LSU C4G should be introducing in the near future the use of the New Real Time RTXnet Processor using Precise Point Positioning (PPP). This new positioning resource should significantly enhance and expand out the areas able to be surveying using the C4G networks and real time resources. 

  • May 30, 2017 9:26 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    THSOA SE Chapter to participate in the The Gulf Chapter of WEDA meeting on Nov 7-9, 2017 at the Riverview Hotel in downtown Mobile, AL.

    More information will be posted on the WEDA website https://www.westerndredging.org/index.php/regionalchapters/gulf-chapter and distributed out via email in a few months.

    Stay tuned.

  • May 16, 2017 8:28 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is pleased to announce its first one-day open house in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference (held this year in Washington, DC, at Marriott Wardman Park). This one-day event will focus on nautical cartography, highlighting the field of charting and GIS. It will offer nautical cartography-themed posters, presentations, tours, and exhibits.

    Participants will include industry partners, government agencies, and charting offices from around the world. This event is open to the public.

    The four main themes for this year’s open house include: From Hydrography to Cartography, Nautical Products, Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure and Databases, and Innovative Cartography.

    Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Location: NOAA’s Science Center (1301 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

    Registration: Send your name and organization to nauticalcarto2017@noaa.gov to expedite entry into the NOAA building.

    For further details about the open house, please click here.

  • March 28, 2017 4:10 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    April 5th-7th 2017, the Southeast Chapter will be exhibiting at the 56th Annual Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors Convention  at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.


  • March 08, 2017 9:18 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    March 2017 Technical Meeting

    The Hydrographic Society of America - Southeast Chapter would like to invite you to join us for our March Technical Meeting. Our speakers will be Kevin Tomanka and Jake Dumaine with Offshore Analysis and Research Solutions (OARS). They will be giving a presentation on NaviSuite Uca (Plug and play 3D software for productive dredging operations) and the ScanFish ROTV

    Sign up here: https://thsoa.org/event-2490206

    Event Details

    Date: Wednesday March 15, 2017
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Pat's Fisherman Wharf Restaurant
    1008 Henderson Levee Rd, Henderson, LA 70517


    Members: $20.00
    Non Members: $30.00
    Students: $10.00
    (The entry fee is waived for Students, if you sign up for membership.)

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  • February 09, 2017 12:43 PM | Deleted user

    February 2017 Technical Meeting

    The Hydrographic Society of America - Southeast Chapter would like to invite you to join us for our February Technical Meeting. Our speakers will be Mindy Joiner, Kyle Waits and Lisa Landry with xylem. They will be giving a presentation on HydroSurveyor and a demonstration on the CastAway.

    For more information or to register to this event, please visit: https://thsoa.org/event-2462407.

    Event Details

    Date: Wednesday February 15, 2017
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Pat's Fisherman Wharf Restaurant
    1008 Henderson Levee Rd, Henderson, LA 70517


    Members: $20.00
    Non Members: $30.00
    Students: $10.00
    (The entry fee is waived for Students, if you sign up for membership.)

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  • January 24, 2017 2:20 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The Southeast Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Underwater Intervention 2017, February 21-23, 2017 at the Morial Convention Center Hall B1, New Orleans Louisiana.

    Come by and say HI

  • January 23, 2017 9:49 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Southeast Chapter 2017 Scholarship Awards

    Congratulations to this year's Southeast Chapter scholarship winners

    Lauren Quas - The University of Southern Mississippi
    Jerome Small - Florida Atlantic University
    Eric Didion - University of Florida
    Joseph Reid Jones - Troy University
    Jeffery Obelcz - Louisiana State University

  • November 29, 2016 8:10 AM | Deleted user
    Article by Ryan Kailath at wwno.org

    Louisiana spends heavily on building wetlands and levees to protect its eroding coast. Over the next three years, the state plans to put nearly $300 million into land-building alone. But as the true picture of sea level rise comes into view, officials may need to explore a less popular option: retreat from the coast.

    Louisiana’s eroding coastline poses some very real threats to industries like oil & gas and the fishing industry. But there are also more than 10,000 people simply living along the disappearing coast. Until now, restoration has been their existential hope. Alongside the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), there are more than a dozen non-profits focused on coastal restoration. Only one group acknowledges another option in it’s name.

    Simone Maloz is Executive Director of that nonprofit, Restore or Retreat. Despite the name, the group focuses on coastal restoration. The “retreat” part of the name was meant as a warning: restore, or else.

    Maloz says the name was meant that way 16 years ago, when the group was founded.

    “Back then it was a threat,” she says. “If we don’t do something now, we’re going to be forced to leave. And um, I think it’s become probably more of a reality than a threat.”

    Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but especially since then, Louisiana has been all in on protection and restoration. And until this year, officials believed there was a scenario under which they could halt, or even reverse, coastal land loss.

    But now, “the rate of land-building will never match the rate of land loss,” says Karim Belhadjali, Deputy Chief of the CPRA.

    That means Louisiana is losing land faster than any government agency or well-intentioned nonprofit can ever hope to build it back. At best, they’ll be able to staunch the bleeding. Belhadjali doesn’t yet know how much time his agency can buy the coast, but hopes to have a better idea in January, when the new version of Louisiana’s five-year “Master Plan” is released.

    In the meantime, people living down the coast have some hard decisions to make. Simone Maloz says that in many ways, retreat has already begun.

    “You can literally see those census shifts, that people are moving north,” she says. “You know, maybe they wanna live closer to their grandchildren in Thibodaux, right? Oh, their kids go to school in Houma, so they wanna move up the bayou. But those are the people that have the means to move.”

    But as the climate continues changing, those without the means to move will find themselves increasingly in harm’s way. Even if a hurricane never hits Louisiana again, the coast is still sinking, and the seas are still rising.

    Yet in six community meetings that state officials held last month, the word ‘retreat’ never came up. Unsurprisingly, it’s a politically toxic subject of conversation.

    “There are no politicians on any of these coastal areas that wanna talk about people moving away,” says Ed Richards, an LSU law professor who works on coastal climate change and adaptation issues.

    He says that while retreat is a valid solution, it’s largely off the table when it comes to state policy. The focus on restoration and protection—seen as fighting the good fight—is much more politically viable.

    “As long as the religion of Louisiana is that we can fix this,” says Richards, “We don’t get to the next part, where you make that existential choice: wash away or move.”

    And, he adds, there’s plenty of money to be made in the coastal restoration and protection industries, whereas retreat can hollow out local property values and tax bases.

    Liz Koslov, a Ph.D candidate at New York University who studies climate-related retreat, says that people are scared to broach the topic for good reason. The idea is politically uncomfortable because it’s personally uncomfortable. Nobody wants to abandon their home. Even saying the word itself feels like a failure.

    “We think of retreat as meaning giving up,” Koslov says. “That’s it, it’s over, you’ve lost the war.”

    But there’s another way to think about it, Koslov says. Break down the word itself. “Re-” means “back to the original place, again, anew.” And to “treat” means to heal, or cure. Instead of connoting loss, Koslov says, retreat can mean letting neighborhoods go back to nature, for the greater good.

    She’s been conducting field research on Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy. After the Oakwood Beach neighborhood there took on seven feet of water, the community got together, went to the state and asked to have their homes bought out, torn down, and turned back into wetlands.

    Retreat is the only solution that aims to move people out of harm's way.
    Credit Ebbwater Consulting

    The key, Koslov says, is that the community asked for it. If the state had come offering buyouts up front, the community likely would have resisted.

    “But the fact that they came up with the plan themselves,” Koslov says, “And they heard about it from people they trusted, people they saw as like them, who were their neighbors—it made it have a very different dynamic.”

    Community organizing may be the only way to get retreat taken seriously in South Louisiana, according to Koslov. And she adds that while home buyouts may cost more upfront than building land and levees, they are cheaper in the long run. As the people of New Orleans well know, levees need constant, expensive maintenance to remain effective. Retreat is the only solution that aims to move people permanently out of harm’s way, Koslov says.

    But Louisianans still aren't sold. Karim Belhadjali, with the CPRA, says weighing these costs is difficult. They’re crunching numbers and will have a better picture when the new Master Plan comes out in January.

    And Simone Maloz, of Restore or Retreat, adds that unlike in Staten Island, Louisiana’s coast is a working coast. People often earn their living on the water, or even feed their families via subsistence fishing.

    So for now, the state’s coastal focus is still on letting people remain. Over 90% of Louisiana’s Master Plan budget is devoted to restoration and protection. And Restore or Retreat isn’t pushing the idea of moving, either.

    “There is an element of reality, sure,” says Maloz, “In that not all these coastal communities can be saved. But that doesn’t mean you give up trying!” Building levees and wetlands can buy the coast some time while the people who live there figure out what to do next.

    Until now, the threat of coastal land loss has been met with a choice. But the people of South Louisiana may have to accept that an either/or choice is will soon be off the table. The future will involve both restore and retreat.

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