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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 24, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC on Steering Committee for “Summit 2011: State of the Gulf of Mexico”: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Gregory Steyer will participate in the organization of Summit 2011:  State of the Gulf of Mexico with Larry McKinney, Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute Gulf of Mexico Studies, and others.  The summit is tentatively planned to be held in Houston, Texas, December 4 – 8, 2011, and will address several high level issues with regard to the future health of restoration and protection in the Gulf of Mexico Region.  The NWRC Director will serve on the steering committee for the conference. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Attends 72nd Annual Louisiana Wildlife Federation Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, USGS Global Climate Change Coordinator Virginia Burkett, and NWRC biologist Clinton Jeske attended the 72nd Annual Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) meeting held in Alexandria, La., March 18 – 20, 2011.  The weekend meeting, attended by more than 100 participants, included an entire day of discussions of environmental resolutions being considered by the LWF.  Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne was the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet, which recognized 2010 - 2011 conservation efforts across the State of Louisiana. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Geographer Presents Information on Bank Erosion of Navigation Canals: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer Stephen Hartley will present information concerning a recently released joint USGS/BOEMRE study, “Bank Erosion of Navigation Canals in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico.” The presentation will take place at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Information Transfer Meeting in New Orleans on March 24, 2011, as part of their Shallow Sediment Transport Session. (Stephen Hartley; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8543)

  • NWRC Ecologist Gives Progress Report Presentation on BOEMRE-Funded Salt Flux Study: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Ecologist Gregg Snedden presented summary of completed tasks, remaining tasks, and preliminary results related to a recently funded USGS/BOEMRE study, “Forcing Functions Governing Salt transport Processes in the Houma Navigation Canal."  The presentation occurred at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Information Transfer Meeting in New Orleans on March 22, 2011, as part of their Coastal Impacts Session. (Gregg Snedden; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7583)

  • NWRC Observes National Women’s History Month with Annual Art Gallery: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will honor National Women’s History Month with their fourth annual art gallery to take place March 28 – April 1, 2011. More than 80 regional female artists will display their work at the showing with the theme, “Our Story Through Art Is Our Strength.” An opening reception will be held the evening of March 28 and the gallery will be open to the public during business hours that whole week. The library is also exhibiting a special book collection to observe National Women’s History Month. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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