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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 19, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NAS Site Wins 2011 Best Tool Award:  The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Web site won the 2011 USGS Best Tool Award.  NWRC’s Advanced Applications Group works closely with research scientists collecting this data and is responsible for the back-end database, spatial data query engine, alert system, and all Web mapping functions.  The award specifically cites development of the NAS point distribution maps.  (Craig Conzelmann; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8842)

  • Albion College Students Visit NWRC: Environmental science students and faculty from Albion College (Albion, Mich.) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center May 18, 2011.  Branch Chief Tom Doyle hosted the group and informed them about issues related to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being performed at NWRC.  (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Government Documents Council Meetings:  The Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council and the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents Depository Program held their spring meetings at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on May 13.  Linda Broussard, NWRC Librarian, is the Government Information Users Representative on the Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • Research on the Sanjiang Plain, China:  NWRC Scientist Beth Middleton is working with the Chinese Academy of Science on wetland restoration from May 21 - June 7 in the Sanjiang Plain, China.  She is collaborating with Jiang Ming and Guodong Wang on research related to seed banks, sedge tussock restoration, and
    elevation assessment.  (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • Mississippi-Atchafalaya Flood 2011:  D. Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Director; Tom Doyle, Chief, Wetland and Forest Ecosystem Branches; and Chris Wells, Geographer, flew two reconnaissance flights over the Morganza-Atchafalaya floodway, Bonnet Carre Spillway, and the Atchafalaya River Basin on May 16 and May 18.  Low-oblique video footage and high-resolution color photography were collected during the flights.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Member of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Committee:  NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed met with representatives of the NRCS Louisiana State Technical Committee (LASTC) on May 18.  The interagency committee includes Federal, State, and local agencies along with NGOs.  LASTC members discussed current NRCS Farm Bill initiatives as well as opportunities to cooperate on conservation issues.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Collaborates with University’s Institute of Coastal Ecology and Engineering:  D. Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Director, and Tom Doyle, Chief, Wetland and Forest Ecosystem Branches, met May 20 with officials from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Institute of Coastal Ecology and Engineering (ICEE) and representatives from Deltares.  The discussion focused on future collaboration to foster coastal ecosystem restoration research.  NWRC will work together with a wide variety of researchers from multidisciplinary fields of study.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • NWRC Continues Efforts in EPA’s Urban Waters Pilot Project:  NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed participated in a Federal coordination conference call on May 19 for the Urban Waters pilot project in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area.  This project is part of a National effort to better coordinate Federal actions in concert with community based organizations and State and local governments to improve environments and economics of under-served urban water areas.  NWRC will develop a presence in the University of New Orleans’ Coastal Education and Research Facility located near the Chef Menteur Pass in eastern New Orleans.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Participates in Department of State Lower Mekong Initiative:  NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson participated in a call with the Department of State Lower Mekong Initiative on May 13 to discuss proposed USGS information products for the Forecast Mekong Program.  Current work under development includes a fact sheet, a general information product, a visualization DVD, and several other products.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Supports FEMA’s Search and Rescue Preparations:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed to place 5 small boats, motors, trailers, and operators on call for potential use in FEMA search and rescue missions in response to flooding on the lower Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers.  (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • On May 12, 2011, Christine Maynard with the New York Times inquired about NWRC’s work concerning the Mississippi River Flood and about contacts who may be able to assist her with various aspects of the event. She was given appropriate contacts and referred to Jennifer LaVista who is on detail at the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center.  (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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