This year is the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which now includes biology, geography, geology, and hydrology programs. At the request and with the support of the USGS Coalition, United States Representative James P. Moran (D, VA-8th) and eleven cosponsors (listed below) have introduced bipartisan legislation, H.Res. 556, intended to demonstrate Congress? support for the USGS. The House Resolution (available at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_bills&docid=f:hr556ih.txt.pdf) provides scientists, educators, and others that utilize and benefit from USGS programs, such as the National Biological Information Infrastructure, Cooperative Research Units, real-time stream gauge data, and many others, to educate their U.S. Representative about the importance of the USGS to our national biological sciences research infrastructure, public health and safety, and economic growth.
To help advance this legislation, contact your United States Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.Res. 556, bipartisan legislation recognizing the importance of the United States Geological Survey. To make your request more powerful, briefly explain how USGS research and data products benefit you or your local community. For example, you might relate how USGS stream gauges help local emergency planners concerned about flooding or biologists working to understand fish ecology, or how the National Biological Information Infrastructure contributes to your research. More information about USGS biology, geography, geology, and hydrology programs in your state is available at www.usgs.gov.
Because of security-related delays with mail delivery to Congressional offices, you should fax or e-mail your request to your Representative?s Washington, DC office. You may send an e-mail to your Representative using the Write Your Representative function on the U.S. House of Representatives website at www.house.gov.
If your Representative is already a cosponsor of this legislation, send them a brief e-mail thanking them for their support of the USGS. Original sponsors of H.Res. 556: Reps. James Moran (D, VA-8th); Barbara Cubin (R, WY); Norman Dicks (D, WA-6th); Ron Kind (D, WI-3rd); Zoe Lofgren (D, CA-16th); Nick Smith (R, MI-7th); Sherwood Boehlert (R, NY-24th); Tom Davis (R, VA-11th); Anna Eshoo (D, CA-14th); Eddie Bernice Johnson (D, TX-30th); Ralph Regula (R, OH-16th); and C.W. Bill Young (R, FL-10th).
The Honorable (full name) House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (last name):
Note: when sending an e-mail it is wise to include the purpose of the e-mail in the subject line, but keep it clear (e.g., please cosponsor H.Res. 556 or please support USGS). Also, clearly indicate your name, address, city, state and 9-digit zip code at the top of your message.