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USGS hovercraft with sediment coring rig
New USGS hovercraft-mounted sediment coring rig.
On November 16 and 17, approximately 100 scientists representing all USGS divisions met in St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore to present updates on current Chesapeake research and learn about issues to be included in the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The conference was organized by Scott Phillips and included 19 posters and presentations by 24 scientists and managers. Steve Colman, Pattie Baucom, and John Bratton attended from Woods Hole to present two talks and a poster on geochemical and geochronological results from analysis of Chesapeake sediment cores collected from 1996 through 1999. These talks were part of a larger session on ecosystem change in Chesapeake Bay moderated by Tom Cronin.

One of the highlights of the meeting was video footage of the new USGS hovercraft-mounted sediment coring rig in action. This new coring platform was acquired primarily through the diligent efforts of Wayne Newell. John Haines made the trip across the bay from Reston to get a crash course in USGS Chesapeake science. Invited keynote speakers included William Matuszeski from the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and Bonnie McGregor, the new USGS Eastern Region Director.

Much initial Chesapeake work is moving into an integration phase, even as design and implementation of second-generation models and sampling programs are beginning. This is being paralleled by updating of the original 1983 and 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement documents with a new agreement to be signed in 2000 by representatives of the six signatory partners: the U.S. EPA (representing the federal government including the USGS), Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission. For more information on Chesapeake science, see the redesigned USGS Cheasapeake Bay Web site or the Chesapeake Bay Program Web site.

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