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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 21, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • USGS Joins Other Federal Agencies To Brief Vietnamese Delegation: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Cindy Thatcher attended a meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2010. Dr. Greg Smith, Director of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, also attended. The meeting was entitled "Environmental management practices for coastal protection and climate change adaptation:  U.S. Government briefing for Vietnam Environment Administration Director General, Dr. Bui Cach Tuyen and delegation." Representatives from several federal agencies including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service were also present. The Vietnamese delegation was interested in how the United States coordinates among the federal and state agencies that have regulatory jurisdiction over water resources, particularly in terms of hydropower dams. (Cindy Thatcher, Reston, Va., 703-648-6065)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • USGS Meets with CEO of Mekong River Commission Secretariat: USGS Central Region Director Stan Ponce and USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Cindy Thatcher will attend a meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2010, with Jeremy Bird, Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (based in Vientiane, Laos PDR).  USGS Water Science Center Director Charlie Demas will attend via conference call. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the “Forecast Mekong” project, a component of the DRAGON Partnership and Secretary Clinton’s Lower Mekong Initiative. (Stan Ponce, Denver, Colo., 303-202-4740) 

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Delta research and global observation network (DRAGON) partnership (Environmental Earth Sciences, January 13, 2010) “Out of a catastrophe was born a global community of practice of scientists, managers, and educators working together to address the effects of climate change and sealevel rise on the world’s great river deltas.” (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media -Broadcast and Film

  • Farmland back into wetland (The Environment Report, January 15, 2010)Research ecologist Hardin Waddle and his colleagues at the U-S Geological Survey wanted to know how frogs and toads were faring in ditches and creeks on farmland versus restored wetlands.” (Hardin Waddle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8671) The Environment Report: Farmland Back Into Wetland

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