September 14, 2017


Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wa) are the recipients of the 2017 USGS Coalition Leadership Award. The pair was honored at a Capitol Hill ceremony and public reception on September 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"The USGS Coalition is pleased to recognize Representatives Amodei and DelBene for their support of science that furthers the mission of the U.S. Geological Survey," said Julie Palakovich Carr, Co-Chair of the USGS Coalition. Palakovich Carr also serves as AIBS Public Policy Manager. "Our award winners recognize the value of scientific research in making informed decisions about natural resources."

"The U.S. Geological Survey has a unique capacity to deploy truly interdisciplinary teams of scientific experts," said Elizabeth Duffy, Co-Chair of the USGS Coalition. "The research done by the USGS impacts the lives of each American every day through reduced risks from natural and human-induced hazards, assessments of water quality and other critical natural resources, improved ecosystem management, and accurate geospatial data and maps."

Representative Amodei was recognized for his commitment to addressing invasive species and for his support of investments in science to inform natural resources management. Amodei is the sponsor of legislation that would improve planning for and treatment of invasive species on federal lands. Congressman Amodei is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and represents Nevada 2nd congressional district.

"When it comes to protecting our nation's ecosystems, halting the spread of invasive species is critical in preventing damage to our environment, economy, and infrastructure, and I applaud the USGS on the important role it plays to combat this issue through fact-based research and data," said Amodei. "I'm honored to accept this award, and will continue working with my colleagues in the House to advance responsible, commonsense reforms that will help conserve our nation's natural resources for future generations."

Representative Amodei receives the USGS Coalition Leadership Award from coalition co-chair Julie Palakovich Carr.

Representative DelBene was recognized for her support of the USGS natural hazards mission and for her ongoing commitment to natural resource stewardship. She is the sponsor of the "National Landslide Preparedness Act," which would create a National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program within the U.S. Geological Survey. Representative DelBene is serving her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Washington's 1st congressional district.

"The important work of USGS not only helps preserve and protect our natural resources but also saves lives," DelBene said. "I'm honored to receive the USGS Coalition Leadership Award and look forward to continuing to work together. Congress can and must do more to ensure we fund their research efforts to prevent future natural disasters from becoming national tragedies."

Representative DelBene speaks after receiving her award.

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