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From: Gaye Farris
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 28, 2008

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  • Mock Hurricane Drill.  In preparation for a potential real Tropical Storm or Hurricane Gustov, the USGS National Wetlands Research Center conducted its second hurricane drill this season and invited Columbia Environmental Research Center staff stationed in Corpus Christi to join in.  NWRC prepared for the hurricane by readying its science response vehicle, evaluating employee call-in procedures,  testing networks and backup fiber optics to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and securing equipment and personnel in the field.  Additionally, the contract staff at NWRC conducted a simultaneous drill (Gaye S. Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8550)

  • Louisiana Coastal Area.  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Gregory Smith attended a meeting of the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) science board in New Orleans on Aug. 27, 2008.  The group is an outgrowth of a meeting in 2002 of State and Federal participants who established a study team that would produce a single in-depth restoration plan for coastal Louisiana.  The resulting near-term plan identified large-scale projects such as river diversions, marsh creation, barrier island restoration and protection, and hydrologic restoration as solutions to environmental degradation applicable throughout Louisiana’s coastal zone.  Current planning for coastwide protection uses LCA studies extensively.  (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

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