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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 3, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist Organizes Symposium for World Aquaculture Society Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jill Jenkins organized a symposium for the World Aquaculture Society 2011 Meeting in New Orleans on March 1, 2011 titled “Synthesis of Ploidy Issues in Aquatic Species: The Role of Biotechnologies for Populations.” Jenkins also presented “Application and Relevance of Testing Ploidy Status in Asian Carp at Four Days through Post-Mortem” during that symposium. (Jill Jenkins; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8607)

  • NWRC Attends Corps Partnering Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Scott Wilson attended the Partnering Meeting sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District in Baton Rouge, La., on March 1 – 2, 2011. Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Deputy Director Matthew Andersen joined Wilson for the second day of the meeting. Approximately 200 people attended all or part of the day to hear how engineering, environmental, political, and public partners may work together in the advancement of common goals for Corps projects in southern Louisiana. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Study Published on Estimating Inundation Patterns in Detention Wetlands: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor/GIS Specialist Nicholas Enwright recently published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Studies, “Estimating inundation patterns in detention wetlands:  methodology and application to North-Central Texas.” The objective of the study was to develop and apply a method for estimating hydroperiods in proposed detention wetlands. They applied the method to a riparian mitigation project in north-central Texas. The approach used in the study incorporates field measurements of hydrologic variables, historical observations, and digital elevation data - all processed in a geographic information system (GIS) linked to a dynamic water budget model. (Nicholas Enwright; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8613)

  • ULL Students Tour NWRC: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Heather Baldwin provided a tour of the Center to students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Environmental Sciences class on March 2, 2011. (Heather Baldwin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8504)

  • NWRC Director Participates in Urban Waters Pilot Project Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed participated in a federal coordination meeting hosted by EPA for the Urban Waters Pilot Project for the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area on March 3, 2011, in New Orleans. This effort is to better coordinate federal actions in concert with community based organizations and state, local and regional governments to improve environments and economics of under-served urban water areas.  The Urban Waters Federal Partnership will be formally announced by EPA, DOI and USDA, nine other Federal agencies, and the White House Domestic Policy Council at the end of March 2011. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Agency Work on Presidential Initiatives

  • President's Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Branch Chiefs Gregory Steyer and Scott Wilson attended the Louisiana listening session of the President's Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force in New Orleans on February 28, 2011. USGS personnel from Miss. and Fla. were also present. The Task Force is chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and the Task Force Executive Director is John Hankinson. Task Force members are from federal and state agencies from all of the five Gulf States. Approximately 300 people attended all or part of the Monday meeting that included technical presentations on the health of the Gulf and its resources, a description of the President's charge to the Task Force, and afternoon and evening listening sessions where members of the public were invited to share their concerns with the Task Force. The Task Force is charged with development of a Gulf of Mexico Action Plan to be delivered to the President by the first of October. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Participates in Science Coordination Team: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Branch Chief Gregory Steyer attended a working meeting of the Science Coordination Team (SCT) of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on March 1, 2011. The SCT is tasked with developing scientific guidance for the Task Force. Turnipseed, Andersen, and Steyer are each on different working groups within the SCT to support the development of science in the Gulf of Mexico Action Plan due for delivery to the President in October. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Climate and Society Column: What the Gulf Coast Could Share with Guatemala on Storm Resilience, Part III (Favstocks; February 28, 2011) “After Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in 1998, researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette worked with the National Wetlands Research Center and USAID to assess ecological damage and guide the recovery of mangrove forests, seagrass beds, estuarine systems, and marine life populations in Guatemala and Honduras.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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