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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 30, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Prepares for Tropical Weather: On August 26, USGS NWRC began preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac. The incoming tropical storm is forecast to make landfall at the end of the Mississippi River Delta, near Venice, Louisiana, on late Tuesday (August 28) evening or early Wednesday (August 29) morning. NWRC’s Science Response Vehicle was readied. During previous events, the SRV has functioned as a secure mobile mapping center for field teams working on hurricane response. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Bangladesh Planning Official Visits NWRC: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will host Dr. M. Fazlul Bari, head of the Physical Infrastructure Division for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on September 4. Discussion will include issues relevant to water resources planning such as water supply, quality, monitoring, and flooding. Dr. Bari is a member of the Bangladesh Planning Commission, the central planning organization for his country, and is visiting England, Canada, and the United States to meet with officials and exchange ideas about urban development and planning. Dr. Bari earned a Ph.D. in water resources and environment from West Virginia University, a M.S. in engineering (WRE) and a B.S. in engineering (civil) from Bangladesh University. While at NWRC, Dr. Bari will present a seminar on mangrove systems of Bangladesh. (Wylie Barrow; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8668)

  • NWRC Hosts Louisiana Feral Hog Meeting: USGS NWRC will cohost a meeting on feral hogs with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana State University AgCenter on September 5 and 6. NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will welcome the group and Geographer Steve Hartley will serve as the local host. Federal, State, university, and non-governmental representatives, as well as land managers and private hunters will identify current impacts and control activities in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast, develop a plan to document damage, manage control, and form a feral hog working group to increase public awareness and coordinate State efforts. (Steve Hartley; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8543)

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