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|Rex and Laura Take the USGS Web Sites
on the Road
...to the Friends of the River (FOR) Rivers Festival at Fort Mason on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 and 22, 1998.
Rex Sanders and Laura Torresan
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We set up a "booth" using some
display doors, a table, and two chairs.
Using a wireless modem attached to a Macintosh
PowerBook laptop, we were able to successfully display the
Access USGS--San Francisco Bay and Delta
web site and the
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow
web site. We hung up posters of these two web sites, as well as various
maps of Yosemite (just as an example of what different kinds of
the USGS produces).
We provided a handout listing USGS river information on the internet; and one listing most of the USGS Western Region Web servers with contact names, phone numbers, and addresses. ESIC provided us with California topographic map index maps, which are free, and they were a very popular item. Also on display was the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project's multi-volume report "Status of the Sierra Nevada," which is now only produced on CD-ROM by the USGS. We did actually get four specific requests for a copy of the CD-ROM.
Saturday was the busier of the two days, when we constantly had at least one visiting "customer" chatting cheerily with us, asking questions, and looking at our maps and Web sites. We usually had a small group gathered.
This is the first year the USGS has made a presence at the FOR Rivers Festival, and we really were a big hit! We counted about 220 inquiries over the two days, out of an average weekend attendance of around 1400. We're looking forward to attending again next year.
Last modified: 9 March 1998 -- Laura Zink Torresan
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