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To: Pat Schassburger
From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, Aug. 26, 2004

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Louisiana's Wetlands Are America's Wetlands: U. S. Senator John Breaux and U. S. Representative Chris John recently visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA, to discuss pending legislation to extend the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA; also known as the Breaux Act) into 2019. The Breaux Act was first authorized in 1990 to provide funding for wetland restoration projects to begin combating the annual loss of 25 to 35 square miles of Louisiana's coastal wetlands which affects the entire nation. For over 13 years USGS scientists have provided field and laboratory research as well as map products to help plan and monitor restoration efforts under the Breaux Act. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Nutria Goes to Court: USGS provided information on nutria for the Ninth Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition to be held Oct. 28 – 30 at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. The competition involves teams of law students from around the world who explore issues of international environmental law. This year's "problem" focuses on the nutria, an invasive, wetland plant-eating rodent from South America. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-26-8655)

Prepared by Susan Horton, 337-266-8655

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