Friday, August 12, 2011
Overlapping Missions? USGS and NRCS
Here's a study of nitrates in rivers in the Mississippi basin, showing no consistent decline over the last 28 years (1980-2008). What struck me is, while reported via a USDA agency (extension.org), the study itself was done by USGS. Turns out there's something called The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Action Task Force. I guess NRCS is a part of it--there's an Ann Mills on the task force, though because the URL behind her name is screwed up I wasn't able to check on her. The Task Force has EPA, Corps of Engineers, Interior (USGS), Commerce (NOAA), USDA (NRCS and extension), and the National Tribal Water Council. Quite a group of agencies.