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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, Sept. 9, 2005

I. Department/Bureau News

B. Current


USGS Humanitarian Efforts for Katrina Evacuees
: USGS staff and IAP World Services contractors at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) continue to give their time, talents and support to the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina victims. Shortly after the storm, USGS volunteers joined with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and Ducks Unlimited for search and rescue in New Orleans including distributing water and supplies at a Slidell, LA, nursing home. In Lafayette efforts were coordinated by Debbie Norling. Staff members donated food, clothing and $3000 to assist with the shelter set up in the nearby Cajundome where several thousand evacuees are living. Staff and contractors have opened their homes and office spaces at NWRC for friends and families as well as displaced scientists from universities and other DOI agencies who were affected by Katrina. The NWRC Web site contains links for volunteer opportunities and information for evacuees (http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/hurricane/katrina-humanitarian.htm). A blood drive at NWRC is planned for Sept. 16 and staff are looking into ways to pool volunteer efforts into one large response by NWRC. (Debbie Norling, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8654)

II. Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientist Jacoby Carter was interviewed by National Geographic News for a Sept. 9 story about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the nutria population. See article at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0909_050909_nutria.html

On Sept. 8, USGS scientist Tommy Michot was interviewed by The Independent (Lafayette, LA) about the USGS search and rescue effort in the New Orleans area and the impact of Katrina on the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast barrier islands and marshes.


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