Feds providing $3-million for undersea mapping of San Francisco Bay

Commerce department says project will create jobs, help coastal planning efforts

California is receiving $3 million in federal stimulus money for an undersea mapping project in the San Francisco Bay Area, federal officials have announced.

The award was part of about $32 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for related projects throughout the country.

The research surveys will map the sea floor, measure water depth, identify storm debris and wreckage, and identify coastal seabeds and fragile aquatic life, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which includes NOAA.

The Commerce Department said the projects will create jobs, support marine commerce and trade, and help coastal planning efforts.

The Bay Area surveys will encompass about 112 square miles as part of a multi-year effort to create the first comprehensive maps of the state's seafloor and marine resources, according to the department.

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Posted by Talk
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Let's just add to the bill our kids will need to pay. How many new jobs will this project create?

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Let me get this straight. We cannot pay our teachers nor keep our schools going but Barack wants to map the floor of the bay?

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Posted by Jacques
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Aug 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Can't wait to see who gets the contracts for these projects.

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Posted by Dr. Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

This is indeed a worthy project. Not only will it create jobs for specialists but the information is invaluable. Since I love to deep sea fish, I hope they will uncover information re: where the fish hand out!



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Posted by nemo
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm

These surveys need to be done periodically because the bay's floor changes continously. The info will be mainly for shipping lanes to avoid another oil spill or worse like last year. Then it pays for itself.

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Posted by Talk
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

Hopefully the plan provides to award the contract to a US company! Wish the car plan had done likewise!

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