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NEW ENGLAND COASTAL BASINS LIAISON COMMITTEE
October 1997 meeting invitation letter
Water Resources Division
September 10, 1997
Dear Liaison Committee Member:
The first meeting of the Liaison Committee for the New England Coastal Basins Study Unit of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program will be held on October 9, 1997 at the Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (the hotel is located right next to Exit 5 off Interstate 95). The meeting will begin at 9:30 am and conclude by 4:00 pm. An agenda and registration form for the meeting are enclosed. I have also enclosed a copy of the NAWQA Fact Sheet for the New England Coastal Basins Study Unit that was printed earlier this summer. This Fact Sheet gives an overview of NAWQA study activities and the physical and cultural characteristics of the study unit.
During the past year study team members have been involved in a number of study planning activities. These include preparation of a draft Environmental Setting Report, compilation of a variety of water-quality and GIS data bases, and generation of lithochemical terrane maps that group geologic units based on rock features that may influence ground-water quality. The Environmental Setting Report describes the study unitís physical and cultural features, surface and ground water resources, aquatic resources and ecoregions, how the environmental settings influence water quality, and what settings are important for use in stratifying the study unit. The results of these, as well as other on-going activities and future study plans, will be presented at the meeting. In addition, we have scheduled two speakers from outside the USGS, Dan Farrow of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Doug Heath of the US Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss work that is relevant to regional assessments of surface- and ground-water quality in New England. Their presentations will be of interest to us all.
The last part of the meeting will be break-out sessions for the studyís four Technical Advisory Groups; a group exists for surface-water quality, ground-water quality, aquatic ecology, and GIS data bases and activities. The purpose of the advisory groups are to allow for more detailed discussions about water resource issues, to foster collaborative working relationships between the NECB study and other agencies, and to help us define the important water-quality issues in the NECB study unit. Anyone on the Liaison Committee is welcome to participate in the Groups and break-out sessions at the meeting. The focus of the break-out sessions at the meeting will be to discuss the important water-quality issues and data bases within the study unit.
The remainder of 1997, and 1998, will be a busy time for the study. We need to define those issues that we want to address during the study and develop a 3-year monitoring plan. In addition, field data collection activities are to be initiated next summer. Therefore, your input is important now for the ultimate success of the study.
If you are planning to attend the meeting, please return the enclosed registration form by October 2 in the self-addressed envelope provided. Overnight accommodations are available at Howard Johnson; to make hotel reservations, call 603-436-7600.
We look forward to seeing you next month. If you have any questions, give me a call at 603-226-7809 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.