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USGS Storm Response — Hurricane Bonnie’s Effect on the Delmarva Pennisula
Released: 8/27/1998

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Gary Fisher 1-click interview
Phone: 410-238-4259

Four U.S. Geological Survey crews will be in the field on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore to collect water-quality samples at 16 stream sites in the Pocomoke, Wicomico, Manokin, and Transquaking River basins. The amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus that are carried from the land under high streamflow conditions will be measured as one piece of information that may be helpful in shedding some light on the causes of possible future Pfiesteria outbreaks in these areas.

Additional USGS field crews will measure the level and flow in selected rivers and streams that are affected by Bonnie’s expected heavy rains.


A water-quality sampling crew will be in action in Salisbury

When: Friday, Aug. 28, 1-5pm--call (410)238-4259 or (410)238-4209 to confirm time

Where: North Prong Wicomico River at Salisbury, Md.
Isabella Street near Lake Street, Salisbury, Md.

Directions: From southbound U.S. Route 50, turn left (east) at West Isabella Street. Continue on Isabella Street for several blocks. Cross Lake Street, cross the bridge, and park at the fire station immediately on the left.

Parking: Park in the lot next to the fire station

Site conditions to expect: wet, windy, possibly dark, high and fast streamflow, some traffic

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