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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, January 31 2006

I. Department /Bureau News

B. Current

USGS Scientist Speaks on Nutrient Reduction in Forested Wetlands: USGS scientist Stephen Faulkner will give an invited talk on Nutrient Reduction Processes in Restored and Natural Forested Wetlands of the Lower Mississippi River Valley (LMV) at the Sand County Foundation North-South Summit II, New Orleans, LA, February 1-3, 2006. The large-scale conversion of bottomland hardwood forests to agriculture in the LMV has contributed to increased nutrient runoff and associated impacts on aquatic ecosystems such as hypoxia (dead zone) in the Gulf of Mexico. Restoration of former forested wetlands in the LMV can be an effective tool for improving water quality; however, scientific data identifying the most cost-effective approaches is lacking. This workshop is part of an ongoing collaborative effort to improve water quality in the Mississippi Basin by bringing together diverse groups interested in improving sustainable agriculture and environmental performance that will help reduce nutrient discharges from agriculture. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8648)

II. Press Inquiries/Media

USGS provided an aerial image of New Orleans to the BBC in London for a documentary on Hurricane Katrina.


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