Solution specific articles for Water & Environmental Resources.

Lynker Leads Project Exploring Impacts of Colorado’s Future Floods, Droughts, and Wildfires

Lynker scientists Graeme Aggett & Ryan Spies presented alongside State of Colorado staff on a project Lynker is leading titled “FACE: Hazards” or “Future Avoided Cost Explorer” at the 2020 Colorado Emergency Management Conference in Loveland, CO.

This project explores the impacts of future flood, drought, and wildfire on select sectors of Colorado’s economy. Lynker is working with DHSEM, CWCB, DOLA, and FEMA Region VIII to develop an analysis and visualization tool to help local officials recognize and adapt to these three major hazards facing Colorado.

Lynker Wins NOAA ProTech Weather Contract!

Lynker is proud to be a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Professional and Technical Services (ProTech) Weather Domain contract awardee. We now hold the ProTech Weather, ProTech Oceans, and ProTech Fish multiple award task order contracts.

Lynker staffs NOAA Booth at Largest US In-Water Boat Show

Lynker Employees Joe Linza, Katie Fitzenreiter, and Sam DeBow (L-R) at the 2019 Annapolis Boat Show

Lynker President Joe Linza stopped in to see Lynker employees RADM Sam De Bow (VP) and Katie Fitzenreiter (Oceanographic Data Specialist) who were helping staff the NOAA booth supporting The Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (COOPS) at the October 2019 Annapolis, MD Powerboat and Sailboat Shows.  These are the Nation’s Largest In-Water Boat Shows.  Lynker interacted with the recreational mariner community and answered technical questions about charting and tide products.  High praise was received for the work NOAA does to promote the safety of navigation.

 

 

  

 

There were significant high tides over the weekend and a tropical storm offshore, which pushed water up the Chesapeake Bay, resulting in a lot of people with soggy shoes and wet pant legs asking questions about the tides. The chart below displays the predicted tide (shown in blue) against the measured tides (shown in green).

Data courtesy of NOAA/NOS/COOPS

 

 

Lynker Attends First Annual Nic ECO at Duke!

Lynker HR attended Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment first annual Nic ECO (Explore Career Options) event last week. We met a lot of talented students interested in a career in the environmental field. We identified exciting potential candidates that Lynker is looking for to fill internships and full-time openings in the future.

 

NOAA Fisheries’ ESA & MMPA Programs Receives Award

The US Secretary of Commerce recognized NOAA Fisheries’ ESA and MMPA programs with a Gold Medal Award for their contribution to regulatory efficiencies and effectiveness in protecting and sustaining at-risk marine and ocean living resources. The Department of Commerce Gold Medal is the highest honor award of the United States Department of Commerce.  Since 1949, the Gold Medal is presented by the Secretary of Commerce for distinguished performance. Particularly noted, Lynker’s Dean-Lorenz Szumylo spearheaded the implementation of the ESA Section 7 Mapper, an interactive, GIS-driven visualization tool NOAA scientists, federal action agencies, and the general public use to help identify ESA-listed species and critical habitats along the East Coast.  Dean was previously awarded NMFS Team Member of the Year for his efforts regarding this tool.

The innovative Mapper tool provides a dynamic web interface used to locate areas where Section 7 Consultations are recommended due to the presence of ESA-listed fish, marine mammals, or sea turtles at various life stages, exhibiting specific behaviors (such as migrating, foraging, spawning, rearing, or calving). The Mapper currently covers consultation areas along major waterways and marine zones of the Greater Atlantic Region and is expanding to include the South Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico later this year. The tool allows users to draw a project site on a map, determine which consultation areas overlap, and generate a detailed report of ESA species found there. In addition to greatly expediting the process of determining whether further consultation with NOAA Fisheries is necessary, the tool has reduced the number of unnecessary consultation requests received and has improved the quality, accuracy, and reliability of data needed to support regulatory compliance.

Version 2 is now out and represents a major update to the underlying Section 7 Consultation Area data. In the new version of the mapper, users now have increased control over the map display.  They can toggle individual data layers on and off, rearrange the drawing order of data layers, and use a new tool that easily allows them to “swipe” away the data to view the underlying basemap.

Lynker Work Cited in Capitol Hill Testimony

How will climate change impact winter sports in future years? The Washington Post recently used a 2017 study by Lynker’s Cameron Wobus and other researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder to answer this exact question. Read the article below, and learn more about the environmental, recreational, and monetary impact of reduced winter season lengths in Cameron’s study “Projected climate change impacts on skiing and snowmobiling: A case study of the United States.”

 

Could global warming spell the demise of winter sports? These athletes told Congress that’s their fear.

Top 4 Reasons Millennials Love Working at Lynker

Lynker offers a lot of great things to our employees like paid training and upward mobility, but a recent article by Comparably dug into what matters to the Millennial generation. Here are the top 4 reasons why Lynker is a great company for Millennials.

#1 Social Impact

It’s no secret here that Lynker’s work is focused on protecting our natural resources. When you get to work for a company that identifies protected species on fishing vessels, studies humpback whales, and saves sea birds the social impact is pretty clear.

#2 Flexibility

Our work takes us everywhere! Whether you’re in the Lynker bunkhouse in Hawaii, our hydrology location in Colorado, IT central near DC, or out on the ocean the definition of “office” remains flexible. Supported by Lynker Corporate staff, each and every employee has access to quality consistent support services from Human Resources and Payroll to Tech Support and Training.

#3 Benefits That Match Their Values

There are already so many deductions before you receive your paycheck. At Lynker, we make it one less by providing full-time employees with comprehensive healthcare for FREE. Free? Yes, free! Lynker pays all full-time employee healthcare premiums which includes vision and dental.

#4 Feeling like a valued contributor rather than a number at work.

We want to be the company that customers want to work with, and the one employees want to work for. We do this by rewarding enthusiastic passionate employees. Our employees are encouraged to take initiative to improve processes, share ideas, and actively contribute to their team. Employees receive recognition and praise for their contributions in many forms such as project-wide kudos emails, team lunches, and spot bonuses.

Lynker Visualizes Colorado’s Drought Plan: A Story Map

Lynker, as part of a project for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, has launched an interactive dashboard that displays drought vulnerability at the state and county level based on Colorado’s 2018 Drought Plan. To more easily visualize drought vulnerability throughout the state, Lynker created an Esri Story Map. The platform takes users through visual summaries of Colorado drought risk by sectors, using images and graphs to provide an interactive and engaging experience.

The complete interactive Story Map can be viewed here.

The opening screen of the Story Map provides an overview of County Drought Risk Scores across Colorado as well as a snapshot of drought vulnerability risk by sector. Similar to the 2018 updated Plan, the Story Map also drills down into content specific to different sectors: agriculture, recreation, socioeconomic, environment, energy, and state assets. State assets include state buildings and critical infrastructure (dams), land board revenue, state-based recreation and park visitation, aquatic species and habitat (fisheries), and protected state-owned areas.

Further information on Colorado’s 2018 Drought Plan is available at drought.gov.

Lynker Presents Independent Study of Pebble Mine Dam Failure

On Friday, March 1st, Dr. Cameron Wobus presented findings to the Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay from a Pebble Mine Tailings Dam Failure analysis that was conducted by Lynker. The study was developed after report scoping documents indicated there was likely to be inadequate tailings dam failure scenarios considered in the Army Corps of Engineers Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In all scenarios analyzed by Lynker, a tailings dam failure would directly impact hundreds of miles of anadromous waters.

Hydrologist Dr. Cameron Wobus is a broadly trained earth scientist with approximately 15 years of experience in geomorphology, hydrology, and environmental data analysis and modeling.

 

Dr. Wobus’ complete presentation can be found here. The Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay have also posted a recording of the presentation.

Colorado Drought Plan Update

In alignment with the State of Colorado’s commitment to address changing climate conditions, Lynker was contracted by the State to assist in updating Colorado’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan. Project deliverables included the production of a fully updated mitigation and response plan in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements for enhanced state hazard mitigation plans and the Emergency Management Accreditation Program standards. In addition, Lynker provided an updated drought vulnerability assessment which provides the necessary basis for an updated and comprehensive mitigation strategy. The plan is an element of meeting FEMA enhanced state plan requirements and will guide the State in determining risk and vulnerability of assets and how to mitigate impacts.  Critical to the update of the plan was an analysis of events since 2013, actions taken during those events, and incorporating the latest science and a review of monitoring and mitigation activities to improve integration of the relationship between climate change and drought in Colorado.