Lakes-L Blog New USGS Briefing

New USGS Information and Congressional Briefing on Nutrients in the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater – September 24, 2010, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Washington D.C.

Nutrients in the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater—A Continuing Issue 

Access new USGS information on Thursday, September 23 at: 

Attend a Congressional Briefing (free and open to the public) on Friday, September 24 in Washington D.C.

Details about the Congressional Briefing The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), along with cosponsors Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), invite you to a briefing on nutrients in streams and groundwater across the United States. According to reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nutrient pollution has consistently ranked as one of the top three causes of degradation in U.S. streams and rivers for decades.

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 describe examples of how cooperating federal and state agencies are using the information to manage and regulate nutrients in our water resources.

Discussions will touch on many environmental issues, including those related to (1) developing nutrient criteria for surface water bodies, (2) reducing nutrients to receiving waters, (3) setting realistic expectations for water-quality improvements following nutrient reduction strategies, and (4) managing elevated nutrients in drinking water from surface-water intakes and wells.

When: Friday, September 24, 2010, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Where:   Capitol Visitor’s Center, SVC Room 201/200, Washington D.C.

The entrance to the Capitol Visitor’s Center is on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Please allow extra time for security and tell the security personnel at the entrance that you are on official business in Room SVC 201/200 in order to avoid waiting in line.  Photo ID may be required.  Inside, follow signs to Senate Meeting Rooms.  Please RSVP to Laura Parsons ( ).


·        Neil Dubrovsky, Chief,  NAWQA Nutrient National Synthesis, USGS

·        Bob Miltner, Aquatic Biologist, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

·        Ephraim King, Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology

·        Jeanette Brown, President-Elect of the Water Environment Federation and

      Executive Director of the Stamford Connecticut Water Pollution Control Authority (Moderator)

Questions and discussion will follow the presentations.

For more information:   Please contact Pixie A. Hamilton, , (804) 261-2602

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