|The states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire pooled their resources to hire Alpine
Ocean/Seismic Survey, Inc., to obtain vibracores at forty six sites of scientific interest. Each state contributed all or a portion of their
FY 1983 MMS monies to the pool and each received a number of cores commensurate with their contribution (CT.- 14,
Rl 6, MA- 14, NH - 12). The four states were fortunate enough to be able to work with the New England Governor's Conference, Inc., which acted as the contracting agent for this project.
Although equipment/weather problems caused some delays the scientific objectives of each participant were met (44 cores were obtained) and the project was a success. The pooling of individual state resources proved to be a very effective way to obtain a platform and product that the states singly could not have afforded. Each state determined its level of involvement, and the joint effort was a turn-key type contract that provided a mechanism for obtaining cores. Each of the participating states still has an individual responsibility to live up to its subagreement with MMS (in terms of deliverables, etc.).
The cores are being curated through the good offices of the United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
(USGS, Office of Marine Geology also provided funding to operate seismic reflection equipment during the cruise). For further information see attachments and/or contact Ralph Lewis, Long Island Sound resource Center, University of Connecticut, Avery Point, Groton, Ct. 06340 or at the Connecticut
DEP, NRC, Street Level, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106