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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 8, 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 USGS Science Response Vehicle (SRV) continues to be operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center. Work is continuing on delineated high-resolution land/water information for LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office. NWRC will assist Ray Kokaly’s spectroscopy team with a site visit to LA CRMS sites to collect spectral data for the AVIRIS flight.  Gina Saizan from the LA Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office visited NWRC on July 8 for an informal meeting with researchers and management on the NRDA process and other science issues associated with the oil spill. NRDA marsh bird surveys are planned for July 8 and 9. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Sugar and Spice Summer Program Students To Visit NWRC: Approximately 45 fourth through sixth graders from Sugar and Spice Summer Program will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on July 13, 2010, to learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being conducted at the center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • ULL Upward Bound Program Students to Visit NWRC: Approximately 40 ninth through twelfth graders from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Upward Bound Program will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on July 14, 2010, to learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being conducted at the center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • Mario Masson, science journalist with CBC-MRC Francaise a Montreal, contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Tommy Michot on July 1, 2010, to ask questions about Louisiana’s wetlands. Masson is preparing a one hour program about Louisiana’s coast and the oil spill. Michot spoke with the reporter about the importance of Louisiana’s gulf ecosystems. The reporter and his producer would like Michot to accompany them as they film in the bayous and wetlands around Grand Isle, La., at the end of August. The request is under consideration. (Thomas Michot; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8664)

  • Dana Farrington, digital news intern with National Public Radio, contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Susan Bergeron on July 7, 2010, asking about basic information on Louisiana’s coastal land loss and possible relationships between land loss and the oil and gas industry. Bergeron sent her links to six online information products. (Susan Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Janice Valverde, reporter with the Bureau of National Affairs Daily Environment Report, contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Susan Bergeron on July 2, 2010, to inquire about how the Natural Resource Damage Assessment will be conducted in the Gulf as a result of the oil spill. Bergeron referred her to contacts in NOAA, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, and the Louisiana Governor’s Office. Contractor Gabrielle Bodin also referred her to the Joint Information Center. (Susan Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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