Lori Sprague


Lori Sprague is currently the coordinator of the Surface-Water Status and Trends team in the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Project. The goals of the team are to (1) determine current conditions and long term trends in water chemistry and aquatic ecology in the Nation’s streams and rivers, (2) evaluate the geographic distribution of improving and deteriorating water-quality conditions Nationwide, (3) determine the potential impact of these conditions on the health of humans and aquatic life, and (4) identify the major causes of long term trends in water quality.  See https://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/swtrends/ and https://nawqatrends.wim.usgs.gov/swtrends/ for more information.  Lori is also the USGS representative on the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force coordinating committee.  The Task Force works to understand the causes and effects of eutrophication in the Gulf of Mexico; coordinate activities to reduce the size, severity, and duration of the seasonal hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico; and ameliorate the effects of hypoxia.  See https://www.epa.gov/ms-htf/ for more information.