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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 4 2006

Current News

USGS Scientists Speak at Federal Interagency Conferences: USGS scientists Greg Smith (Director, National Wetlands Research Center) and Charlie Demas (District Chief, Water Resources of Louisiana) spoke at the opening session of the Joint 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference and 3rd Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference held April 2 – 6, 2006 in Reno, NV. Smith spoke on the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the biological resources of the Gulf Coast while Demas discussed water quality and sediment changes caused by the storms. The joint conferences addressed the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of sedimentation and the development and use of models for surface water quality and quantity issues. (Susan Horton, 337-266-8655, Lafayette, LA)

USGS Scientist Attends Restoration Meeting: USGS scientist Bob Keeland attended the Annual Symposium and Membership Meeting of the Coastal Plain Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, April 5-7, 2006, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. Keeland serves as Chapter treasurer. A focus of this meeting was on restoration in post-Katrina Mississippi. (Bob Keeland, 337-266-8663, Lafayette, LA)

USGS Sponsors Gulf Coast Field Briefings: On April 11-13, 2006, USGS will hold a two and one-half day series of field briefings and tours for Congressional Staff interested in the storm-impacted Gulf of Mexico coast. The group will tour the Gulf Coast area with briefings provided by USGS National Wetlands Research Center, the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center, and Federal, State, and non-governmental partners. Briefings will highlight the past, present, and future science needed along the Gulf. The briefings and tours will address: (1) the natural resources and assets that the Gulf Coast provides to the Nation; (2) the resources, infrastructure, and natural/human landscapes that have been destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; (3) the role of wetlands and natural environments in coastal planning and protection; and (4) both the risks and new opportunities related to post-storm Gulf Coast environments. (Greg Smith, 337-266-8501, Lafayette, LA)


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