On 17 September 2007, the USGS Coalition held its 4th Annual Capitol Hill reception. The event is an opportunity for supporters of the USGS, from government and the scientific community, to recognize the important research conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The science agency for the Department of the Interior, USGS personnel work in nearly 400 offices located across the nation in every state. Increasingly, the USGS is working at the forefront of interdisciplinary research. To this end, the agency maintains partnerships with more than 2,000 federal, state, local, and private agencies.

Once again this year, well over 150 individuals from Congress, executive branch departments, and non-governmental organizations attended the reception. Among members of Congress attending the event were Colorado’s Representative John T. Salazar (D, 3rd) and Texas’ Representative Ciro D. Rodriguez (D, 23rd), both of whom spoke briefly to reception participants.

Now an anticipated fall event, the USGS Coalition Capitol Hill Reception was initiated four years ago as part of the USGS Coalition’s efforts to raise congressional awareness of the important research conducted by USGS scientists.

The USGS Coalition is an alliance of 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the unique combination of biological, geological, hydrological and mapping programs of the USGS. The USGS provides independent, high-quality data, information, research support and assessments needed by federal, state, local and tribal policymakers, resource and emergency managers, engineers and planners, researchers and educators and the public. The Coalition supports increased federal investment in USGS programs that underpin responsible natural resource stewardship, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, and contribute to the long-term health, security and prosperity of the nation.

AIBS was a founding member of the USGS Coalition, which now includes more than a dozen AIBS member societies and organizations. The Coalition is co-chaired by AIBS and the Geological Society of America. Coalition activities and initiatives are the result of the efforts of the staff of the various organizations that participate in the Coalition. Policy staff members from the Crop, Soil and Agronomy Societies planned the 2007 Congressional Reception. For more information about the USGS Coalition or to learn how your scientific society or organization can join the Coalition, please contact Robert Gropp at 202-628-1500 x 250 or Craig Schiffries at cschiffries@geosociety.org.


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