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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 9, 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. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

    Oil spill-related activity:

    • Coastal marsh surveys will start this week in Louisiana. Wetland biologists are working with the NRDA Shoreline Team to implement the shoreline (coastal marsh) assessment plan for Louisiana. Field sampling is expecting to take four weeks. (Thomas Doyle)

    • Marsh bird surveys are being conducted using a helicopter flying at low altitude. Surveys will continue through mid-September. Clint Jeske is a co-investigator with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigators. (Clint Jeske)

    • NWRC is awaiting the final paperwork to begin low-altitude surveys of seagrass in Louisiana and Mississippi using the NWRC plane. This effort is coordinated with the Aerial Imagery Technical Working Group. (Chris Wells).

    • NWRC is working closely with the Aerial Imagery Technical Working Group Chairman on development of an overarching aerial collection mission.

    • Jim Grace will participate in the DOI Strategic Sciences Working Group which is led by Gary Machlis of the National Park Service. This group provides guidance to the DOI agency leads.  The meeting will be the week of September 20. (Jim Grace)

  • Students from J. Wallace James To Visit NWRC: Approximately 150 fourth grade students from J. Wallace James Elementary, an Arts and Technology Academy in Scott, La., will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on September 14, 21, and 28, 2010. The students will view a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and will tour the center to see scientists at work. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC To Host Gulf Restoration Science Planning Meeting: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host a Gulf Restoration Science Planning Meeting in Lafayette, La., September 15 – 16, 2010.  Participates will include Sonya Jones, David Bornholdt, and representatives from Coastal Marine Geology, Louisiana Water Science Center, and other USGS centers. (Allison Shipp; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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