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Hurricane Response Team Honored by Secretary Norton at Symposium in Reston
Released: 12/6/2005 1:30:22 PM

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Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will host a special ceremony to recognize employees who played a significant role on the 2005 USGS Storm Response Team and in the rescue, relief, and science efforts during and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to a science symposium that will cover the impacts of these events.

"Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have given us all a lesson about the destructive force of natural hazards. USGS is committed to rapidly providing our scientific expertise for the recovery efforts. This is not only a scientific endeavor, but a matter of public safety and public health," said USGS Acting Director P. Patrick Leahy.

Who: Interior Secretary Norton Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Mark Limbaugh USGS Acting Director P. Patrick Leahy USGS Eastern Region Director Suzette Kimball

What: USGS Hurricane Recognition and Hurricane Science Symposium

When: December 8, 2005 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. – Recognition Ceremony 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Science Symposium

USGS National Center Auditorium
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Virginia

The Hurricane Science Symposium Agenda:

  • The human side: Pictures from Katrina and Rita
  • The devastating effects on the coasts and wetlands
  • The water quality in Lake Pontchartrain, LA, MS, & AL
  • Biological effects and landscape change
  • The impact on plant and animal life
  • What happened to the wetlands?
  • What happened to the wildlife refuges, parks, and levees?
  • Satellite imagery of the storms

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