Thursday, September 9, 2010

Congressional Briefing on Nutrients in the Nation's Streams and Groundwater

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners will host a Congressional briefing on nutrients in the nation's streams and groundwater on Friday, September 24 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in SVC Room 201/200 of the Capitol Visitor’s Center in Washington D.C.. The briefing is cosponsored by Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and will be free and open to the public.

In the keynote presentation, USGS will describe nutrient concentrations in the nation's water resources, key sources of nutrients, potential effects on humans and aquatic life, and changes in concentrations since the early 1990s. USGS partners will then describe examples of how federal and state agencies are using the information to manage and regulate nutrients in surface and groundwater.  Questions and discussion will follow the presentations.

The entrance to the Capitol Visitor's Center is on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Attendees should allow extra time for security and can tell security personnel at the Center entrance that you are on official business in Room SVC 201/200 to avoid waiting in line.  A photo ID may be required.  Inside the Capitol Visitor's Center, follow signs to the Senate Meeting Rooms.  Persons who intend to attend should RSVP to Laura Parsons at EESI (

For more information, please contact Pixie A. Hamilton at or (804) 261-2602

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