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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, November 1, 2012  

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  • Modeling Integration Workshop: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Greg Steyer and Geographer Brady Couvillion attended a modeling integration workshop, October 29-30, hosted by The Water Institute of the Gulf. Participants discussed modeling tools for evaluating restoration and protection projects. Feedback from this, and similar workshops, will be used to develop a modeling work plan in support of the 2017 edition of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. The master plan is used as a guide for achieving realistic progress in restoring coastal habitats and protecting communities based on science and engineering expertise. (Greg Steyer; Baton Rouge, La.; 225-578-7201)

  • ASCE Nautical Depth Technique Guidance: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a conference call on November 5 with members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Task Committee on Nautical Depth. The technical committee will discuss new guidance on issuing nautical depth techniques to the transportation community. Nautical depth defines the area that is safe for navigation. When ships enter muddy waters, such as harbors, the navigability needs to be guaranteed. In areas with a continuous inflow of sediment, regular dredging usually occurs. The committee evaluates the use of active and passive nautical depth in U.S. channels and harbors and informs the engineering community as to the merits of adopting nautical depth as a means to reduce maintenance dredging costs in coastal and estuarine ports and channels. Turnipseed is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Hurricane Sandy Assistance Readied: The National Park Service contacted the USGS NWRC to request that six boats, six certified motorboat operators, and six field persons be readied and placed on alert to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts if needed. Team members were identified and prepared for deployment, but were not called out. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Ocean Commotion 2012: USGS contractors, Cole Ruckstuhl and Susan Testroet-Bergeron with Five Rivers Services, participated in Ocean Commotion 2012 hosted by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program on October 30 at the Louisiana State University campus. Ocean Commotion attracts about 3,000 elementary and middle school students, teachers, and chaperones who learn about Louisiana’s coast and sea from about 65 exhibitors. The primary purpose of Ocean Commotion is to give students the chance to learn about and touch the products of the sea and coast—the aquatic animals, plants, and minerals—upon which Louisiana's citizens are so dependent. With their exhibit on "Touch the Wetlands," USGS helped accomplish that mission. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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