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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 2, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Land Change Map Presentation to Natural Resources and Environment Subcommittee: NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed addressed a combined House and Senate Subcommittee of the Louisiana Legislature on the morning of June 2, 2011. The subject of the presentation to the combined Natural Resources and Environment subcommittee was a new land change map for coastal Louisiana, USGS SIM 3164. A press conference was held afterward at the Louisiana State Capitol. This product provides data to support better understanding of the timing and causes of wetland loss critical for forecasting future landscape change. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Mississippi-Atchafalaya Flood 2011: NWRC management continued to participate in conference calls with the USGS Storm Team regarding historic river levels. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Hurricane Preparedness: NWRC conducted an all-hands hurricane preparedness meeting on June 1, 2011. Five Rivers (contractor) representative Jay Vincent and NWRC staff located in Baton Rouge participated by telephone. The meeting also covered response to immediate weather emergencies, such as high winds, in addition to hurricanes. A handout describing storm response was distributed. On June 3, NWRC and Louisiana Water Science Center staff participated in an emergency response exercise, dubbed Hurricane Jean Pierre, by calling in to the off-site employee tracking center. (Matthew Andersen; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Hosts the Sabine River Compact Administration Spring Meeting: NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Thomas Doyle welcomed members of the Sabine River Compact Administration (SRCA) to their spring meeting held in Lafayette on June 2-3, 2011. The SRCA administers the Sabine River Compact to ensure that Texas and Louisiana receive their equitable share of quality water from the Sabine River and its tributaries as apportioned by the Compact. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Staff Participate in GCPO LCC Spring 2011 Meeting: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Thomas Doyle and Landscape Ecologist Michael Osland participated in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) Landscape Conservation Cooperative and Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV) Spring 2011 Meeting, June 7-9, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Presentations and discussions focused on reviewing the history of the LMVJV and the newly established GCPO LCC to solidify the organizational foundation, prioritize conservation planning, establish operational guidelines, and strengthen the scientific capacity of the Cooperative to ensure the sustainability of natural and cultural resources within the GCPO geography. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Changchun China Presentation: NWRC Research Ecologist Beth Middleton gave a lecture at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, on June 4, 2011 entitled "Succession, cattle grazing and fire in northern fens." (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

  • Planning Meeting: NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Branch Chief Thomas Doyle participated in a conference call with the USGS Mississippi WSC Studies Chief, Richard Rebich, to discuss collaborative activities between the centers. Discussion focused on carbon sequestration studies and an upcoming Webinar on the USGS SPARROW hydrologic water quality model. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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

  • A reporter with the Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.) interviewed NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed on June 1, 2011 regarding NWRC's new USGS Scientific Investigations Map, "Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana from 1932-2010." (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • On May 31, 2011, reporters with the Huffington Post interviewed NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed about wetland loss in Louisiana and NWRC's research activities during the historic Mississippi River flood. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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