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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 17, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is assisting with response to the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Science Response Vehicle has been deployed and is operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center. NWRC continues to produce maps to support the oil response effort, including delineated land/water information to the LA SCAT team/ La Oil Spill Office. NWRC has delivered a total of 38 delineated land/water quads to the LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office.  (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

    Other oil spill-related activities include:

    • Field trips in support of NRDA marsh bird surveys are scheduled for June 17 and 18 around Marsh Island. (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    • Field sampling to support NASA UAVSAR mission at Bayou LaFourche is scheduled on June 16 and the Sabine area on June 17. (Elijah Ramsey; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

    • Planning deployment of SET platform and other baseline measurements at Big Thicket National Park in Texas.  (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

    • Provided comments on draft NRDA mangrove protocols. (Ken Krauss/Karen McKee/Richard Day; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8500)

    • Karen McKee is the NWRC lead representative to the NRDA Shoreline working group. Provided comment on draft NDRA Shoreline protocols. (Karen McKee/Greg Steyer; Lafayette, La./Baton Rouge, La.; 337-266-8500)

  • NWRC Branch Chief Receives National Publication Award: The National Association of Government Communicators awarded Tom Doyle's SIR 2009-5130, “Modeling Flood Plain Hydrology and Forest Productivity of Congaree Swamp, South Carolina” an Award of Excellence. Victoria Jenkins and Natalie Trahan (IAPWS) of the Enterprise Publishing Network, Lafayette Publishing Service Center, edited and designed the publication and also accepted the award at the NAGC Awards celebration on May 17, 2010, in Washington, D.C.  (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337 266-8647)

  • NWRC Branch Chief To Participate in Workshop for CEQ Gulf Coast Roadmap: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle will attend an Ecosystem Services Valuation Workshop in Bay Saint Louis, Miss., sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Harte Research Institute, and Northern Gulf Institute for the Council on Environmental Quality Gulf Coast Roadmap Initiative and Science Team on June 16 – 18, 2010. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Director To Participate in LMVJV Management Board Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell will participate in the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board Meeting being hosted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Humphrey, Ark., June 21 – 22, 2010. Powell will attend as South Central Area Regional Executive Max Ethridge’s proxy. (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC To Host Summer Scholars Program: Fifty 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from throughout the state will participate in special programming at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 23, 2010. Students will tour the facility and then get and in-depth looks at biological sampling (John McCoy, NWRC scientist), bird migration and radio telemetry (Heather Baldwin, IAP World Services biologist), habitat mapping (Chris Wells, NWRC geographer), botanical photography (Larry Allain, NWRC botanist), and Louisiana’s coastal wetland issues (Gabrielle Bodin, IAP World Services outreach project leader). The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Center for Gifted Education’s Summer Scholars Residential Program is for gifted, talented and leadership potential students. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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

  • On June 11, 2010, Lisa Ritter with National Geographic Magazine Maps contacted Chris Cretini and Scott Wilson requesting a sequence of satellite imagery that tracks the patterns of the spill and maps of Gulf of Mexico currents and bathymetry. The request was forwarded to Mike Hutt with GIRT. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • On June 14, 2010, Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) contacted NWRC asking about the effect the spill could have on species of migratory birds that fly north to Canada. Clint Jeske is responding to the request. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • On June 15, 2010, Francois Duckett of the Associated Press contacted NWRC about obtaining a high resolution version of a map, “Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana After the 2005 Hurricanes: A Historical Perspective (from 1956). The map was provided to him. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • On June 15, 2010, George Warner of The Nation magazine contacted NWRC to inquire about updated land loss figures for Louisiana’s coast. Brady Couvillion provided the requested information. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • On June 9, 2010, Maria Alcon of NBC News requested a map of wetlands and barrier islands and location of the oil. She was referred to maps located on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Web site. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

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