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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 12, 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. Work is continuing on delineated high-resolution land/water information for LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    Other oil spill-related activity:

    • On-site geospatial support to the Venice Operational Center has been halted as personnel were evacuated from the Operational Center in preparation for the forecast inclement weather. Personnel will return to Lafayette for data downloads and back-ups. Future work awaits a Coast Guard request for continued need.

    • Scott Wilson, Tom Doyle, Greg Steyer, Chris Wells, and Clint Jeske will meet with Mark Hester (Univ. of Louisiana, Lafayette) and Laura Sullivan and Marla Steinhoff (NOAA) to discuss involvement of NWRC in marsh sampling for the Shoreline Working Group.

    • Chris Wells, Greg Steyer, and Tom Doyle will meet with representatives from Entrix, Louisiana state representatives, NOAA, and Mark Hester to talk through the salt marsh assessment plan.

    • Chris Wells and Jacoby Carter attended a SAV Working Group meeting at Jean Lafitte National Park Service Office, New Orleans, to discuss status of Tier 1 studies, and the development of Tier 2 studies.

    • Chris Wells met with Laura Sullivan of the Shoreline Working Group to help design analysis of collected data and determine best type of imagery for assessing injury.

    • The Waterfowl Working Group is developing an immediate response pilot study to assess carcass detections of birds in the marsh areas to determine the feasibility of a large-scale study.

  • NWRC Director Receives IABC Silver Inkwell Award: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell has received a 2009 Silver Inkwell Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators Washington, D.C. Chapter in the Communications Plans and Campaigns/Online Communication Program Category for her work on the “USGS 2008 Managers Meeting Suite of Products.” IABC/DC Metro is the largest IABC chapter in the United States and the second largest worldwide. (Janine Powell; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Notable Congressional Activity

  • Congressional Research Service Staff Visit NWRC:  The USGS National Wetlands Research Center hosted three members of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) staff, Claudia Copeland, Lynne Corn, and Harry Upton, on August 9, 2010.  Presentations of USGS oil spill-related science activities were provided by Center managers and scientists in a briefing session and walking tour of the laboratory facilities. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Supervisor Jim Boggs and Gulf Coast Joint Venture Coordinator Barry Wilson also welcomed the visitors and shared information of their office missions and partnership with USGS.  The Congressional Research Service is a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress. The CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

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

  • In La., signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes (Associated Press; August 11, 2010) “Louisiana accounts for about 30 percent of the nation's coastal marsh and about 90 percent of its marsh loss, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.” (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644) The Associated Press: In La., signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes

  • NOAA and NWRC play environmental role in response to Gulf oil spill (The Leading Edge; Summer 2010) “At our U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) project, IAP personnel also are gearing up in response to the Gulf Oil disaster.” (Marshall Holstrom; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8565)

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