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USGS Participates in Earth Day Celebration

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Patricia Metz and Lari Knochenmus speak with visitors
Patricia Metz (left) and Lari Knochenmus (USGS, Tampa, FL) speak with visitors.
On April 19, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) participated in the Earth Day celebration held at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL.

Exhibitors included the Sierra Club (event organizer), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Hillsborough County Agricultural Extension Service, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, radio station WMNF 88.5FM, the Greyhound Rescue League (who adopt dogs), and the Tampa Parks Department (who provided the location).

The USGS exhibit offered folders of puzzles and games for children, Earth Day 2003 pins, USGS pencils, and information packets on various projects at the USGS offices in St. Petersburg and Tampa.

A steady stream of people attended the event, many of whom stopped to observe real-time water-quality data from monitors placed in the nearby Hillsborough River that record temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and pH every 15 minutes. Although most of the USGS displays centered on the Hillsborough River, the Tampa Bay Study was also highlighted.

In addition, a scale model demonstrated ground-water flow and contamination and saltwater intrusion of water-well systems. Overall, the day was a success, and the public had a firsthand look at some of the work being done by the USGS.

Related Web Sites
St. Petersburg Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, FL
Earth Day 2003 Events
Sierra Club

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