Friday, September 30, 2011

Briefing on New USGS Water Quality Management Tool

The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Water Environment Federation invite you to an October 28 briefing in Washington, DC on new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) findings that provide vital information on major sources of nutrients to streams, on how nutrients move downstream, and on nutrient loading to rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries. USGS announced the roll-out of the new tool in a September 6 press announcement, “New Science to Help Water Managers Target Areas to Improve Water Quality."

The briefing will run from 10 – 11:30 AM (including time for questions and answers), and will be held in the House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing room (2167 Rayburn House Office Building).

At the briefing, USGS will describe the information available through these models and a new NAWQA online decision support system based on them.  The system can be used by anyone to access this important information for any stream reach or geographical area.  It can also be used to evaluate various nutrient reduction options that target one or multiple sources and predict the resulting water quality improvement.  This capability makes it an excellent tool to help local, state, and national decision makers design efficient, cost-effective nutrient reduction strategies for any area of the country.  

Also at the briefing, officials from Minnesota and Tennessee will describe how their states are using these and other models to reduce excessive nutrients and the essential relationship between ongoing water-quality monitoring and accurate, effective models.

Speakers at the briefing will include:
  • Alan Vicory, Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, moderator
  • Steve Preston, USGS NAWQA Hydrologic Systems Team  
  • Saya Qualls, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Water Pollution Control.
  • Wayne Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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