USGS-Iowa Hosting Meeting in Milford, 10/14

The USGS invites you to the Milford Community Center for an afternoon to discover the many ways USGS is involved in your community and the State.   Joins us for all, or part of the afternoon.  

      Thursday, October 14th - Milford Police Department, 1021 - 10th St, Milford, IA  

              2:00 - 4:00 - Presentations by USGS, National Weather Service & U.S. Army Corps of Engineer personnel.

              4:00 - 5:00 - Open Forum - see instrumentation and equipment up close, talk to staff members one-on-one and learn about utilizing the USGS website,
              5:00 - 6:00 - Future Cooperative Opportunities - join us for a discussion regarding upcoming projects in the Iowa Great Lakes region.  

Learn how
Streamgaging information is used for domestic, commercial, recreation and flood forecasting applications; how StreamEst, a completely new scientific approach, is developing flow and water-quality statistics at ungaged stream sites; how Iowa’s Water Quality is monitored and defined for effective management; the importance of Groundwater Studies including information collected from the Climate Response Network about climate variability’s affect on groundwater levels.

Discover the possibilities provided by the latest in
Airborne Electromagnetic technology used to assess and define shallow groundwater resources in 3-D and new equipment capable of high resolution Lake-bed Mapping; the latest information about Emerging Contaminants and the potential for effects on environmental and human health.

Sign up to receive
Water Alerts – the river will send you a text or email; USGS Corecast - audio and/or video notifications bringing you straight natural science insight; or learn where to follow the USGS on Twitter, Flickr & Facebook and about the many Educational Resources available for students, teachers and anyone interested in our natural resources.

And we will answer questions about the services your USGS provides -
Please feel free to email your questions to us in advance, submit them at the meeting or ask during the discussions.  Here are a few of the questions we have addressed in the past and will address at these meetings:

* Why do we need the USGS, doesn't the National Weather Service or TV have all of this information?

* Isn't there a lot of duplicated effort in the Federal Government?

*Why can't Iowans do this work instead of the Feds?

*What's so special about the USGS?

*Why does it cost so much?

*What is cfs?

*What does gage height mean?

*Why monitor all the time - isn't a staff plate or a stick good enough?

* Why measure discharge - don't we just need to know how high the river is?

* Why do you have to keep monitoring for more than 10 years, isn't that enough?

Some of the equipment used by the USGS scientist will be available for you to see - water professionals will be on hand to demonstrate and/or explain the functions of each.  

Also in attendance will be representatives from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who will discuss their mission and their cooperative endeavors with the USGS.  

Contact Kaylene Carney or 319-358-3612(d) or 319-430-6452(c) with questions or for further information.  

There is no registration fee.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - Time 2:00 - 6:00
Old Milford City Hall (one block west of Highway 71 on 10th St.)
1021 10th Street
Milford, IA

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact


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