Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary
Frank Quimby 202-208-7291
|For Immediate Release: October 28, 2003
Dave Ozman 303-202-4744
Water 2025 Science and Technology Workshop
The Department of the Interior will hold a national workshop on Nov. 4, 2003 to develop science and technology recommendations for Interior's Water 2025 initiative that can help Western communities develop practical solutions to chronic water shortages.
"The workshop will bring
together scientists from across the country to share science-based tools,
techniques, and strategies that can help to conserve the West's precious
water supplies and develop alternative sources to meet the region's
future needs," Secretary Norton said today. "Interior's U.S.
Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation are convening the workshop
to address the critical water management decisions facing communities
across the West in the next 25 years."
Interior leaders participating
in the workshop include Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Bennett
Raley; Reclamation Deputy Commissioner Mark Limbaugh; USGS Director
Chip Groat; and USGS Associate Director for Water Resources Bob Hirsch.
Representatives of the National Weather Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and other federal agencies
also will take part in the conference.
Panel discussions will focus
on desalination science and technology; invasive vegetation and water
management; predicting surface water availability; data networks and
monitoring science; and climate variability and its impact on water
resources and habitats.
Norton launched the Water
2025 initiative earlier this year to focus public attention on the water
supply crises facing many western communities because of explosive population
growth, the emerging need for water for environmental and recreational
uses, and the national importance of the domestic production of food
and fiber from western farms and ranches.
Water 2025 establishes a
framework to cooperatively address these challenges and help to avert
major conflicts among competing users of water. Interior held nine conferences
around the West this summer to discuss the proposal and many participants
expressed a desire for a science forum to consider technical issues.
The one-day workshop will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado. For more information, contact Jim Peters, the USGS workshop coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop information also is available on the Water 2025 website at www.doi.gov/water2025/.
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