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September 17, 2010
Kara Capelli (571) 230-6601 kcapelli@usgs.gov

Briefing on High Levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Across the Nation

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What: USGS will brief Congress, the media and the public on nutrient concentrations in the Nation's water resources, key sources of nutrients, potential effects on humans and aquatic life, and changes in concentrations since the early 1990’s.

Why: A new nationwide USGS study shows excessive nutrient enrichment is widespread in streams, exceeding nutrient criteria recommended by the EPA in most agricultural and urban watersheds.


Who: Neil Dubrovsky; Chief, Nutrient National Synthesis, USGS
Bob Miltner; Aquatic Biologist, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Ephraim King; Director, USEPA Office of Science and Technology
Jeanette Brown; President-Elect of the Water Environment Federation and Executive Director of the Stamford Connecticut Water Pollution Control Authority

Where: Capitol Visitor’s Center, SVC-201/200, Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Visitor Center is on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building. Once inside, follow signs to the Senate meeting rooms.” To facilitate quick entrance, please RSVP to Laura Parsons (lparsons@eesi.org) and tell security that you are on official business in SVC 201.

When: Friday, September 24, 2010
9:30 a.m.

Sponsors: Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Chair, Senate Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Water Environment Federation
USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program


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