Friday, November 9, 2012

Briefing on New Findings on the Effects of Urbanization on Streams

The Northeast Midwest Institute and Water Environment Federation, along with Congressional hosts Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) will present a briefing on new US Geological Survey (USGS) findings about the impacts of urban development on streams and their aquatic life. The briefing will be on Friday, November 30, from 10 to 11:30 AM EST in Room SVC 201-00 of the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

The USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program recently released the results of a study designed to better understand the effects of urban development on streams and aquatic life in different regions of the country. The study findings point to priorities and strategies that can protect and restore urban streams for drinking water, recreation and aesthetic pleasure. At the briefing, USGS will describe the study and results, including differences observed in nine metropolitan areas; the reasons for these differences and the implications for stream protection and restoration. USGS will also describe a new innovative tool that can assist decision makers at all levels of government in evaluating how improvements to one or more stream conditions can increase the likelihood of reaching stream goals. For more information regarding the study and how to RSVP to attend the event, see this briefing announcement (PDF file).

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