Tuesday, May 26
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Informal PRESS AVAILABILITY session with Dr. Bonnie McGregor, Associate Director, USGS, in Briefing Room 111. Learn how the USGS is monitoring and studying sediment transport and pollutants in Boston Harbor; investigating coastal erosion due to El Nino effects on the West Coast; participating in additional Year of the Ocean (YOTO) projects; and other scientific topics of interest to the media.
Tuesday, May 26 - Thursday, May 28
Visit the USGS exhibit booth (319-321) across from the refreshment area and see new USGS products and posters on coastal hazards and other YOTO topics. Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY: The USGS seafloor mapping group from Woods Hole, MA., will demonstrate instrumentation used to acquire data from the seafloor along the East Coast of the United States and show how a real-time processing system used on board ship can produce CD-ROMs of the ocean floor topography.
Thursday, May 28
Invited Speaker: Dr. Robert M. Hirsch, Chief Hydrologist, USGS, gives a presentation on Small Watershed Investigations in the United States (H41G-01) at 8:35 a.m. in Convention Center Room 210.
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. PRESS CONFERENCE with panel of experts, including USGS scientists, on the Natural Restoration of Contaminated Aquifers in Briefing Room 111. Learn how the USGS is studying the reduction of pollutants in contaminated aquifers, such as on Cape Cod, by natural means.
Friday, May 29
Mopping Up Boston Harbor: Efforts by scientists to identify sources of contamination and detail the recovery of Boston Harbor will be included in a special session that will gather experts to discuss the biological, chemical, physical, geological, and social aspects of this urban estuary. At 2:50 pm, Robert Eganhouse of the USGS will present evidence that contaminants in sediments near a major combined sewer overflow may have originated from the more distant Nut
Contact: Kathleen Gohn
United States Geological Survey