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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Contact: Gabrielle Bodin
Phone: 337-266-8550
Fax: 337-266-8541
For Release: August 12, 2004

Sen. Breaux to Visit National Wetlands Research Center

Rep. Chris John and Sen.John breaux at NWRCWhat: Congressional visit to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center, located in the Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Topic: U.S. Sen. John Breaux will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center to discuss pending legislation to extend the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA; also known as the Breaux Act) into 2019.

The Center provides field and laboratory research to study wetland loss and uses its geographic information systems technology to help plan and monitor restoration projects under the Act. Sen. Breaux, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Chris John, will inspect some of the 2500 maps the Center produced this year for the Breaux Act task force and discuss related projects.

USGS Scientist John Barras and James Johnston talk to Sen. Breaux about Louisiana's wetlandsWhere: USGS National Wetlands Research Center
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

When: 3:15 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2004


Visuals: Maps; video of extent of Louisiana wetland loss from 1930s to present and projected into the future.

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