USGS Participates in Oceans Day 2002
The USGS participated in the third annual Oceans Day celebration held on February 13 at the State
Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee, FL. The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) organized the event
for the marine research institutions and commercial interests that focus on Florida's oceans.
Dennis Krohn (St. Petersburg) and Jane Eggleston (WRD, Tallahassee District Office) staffed the
USGS booth and met with the public and Congressional staff.
Jane Eggleston speaks to a visitor at the USGS exhibit in the Florida Capitol Rotunda.
This year the Florida legislature met earlier than usual. The legislators must draw new district boundaries
because Florida acquired two new Congressional seats in the 2000 census. The Oceans Day 2002
committee was aware of the redistricting meeting and had made a special effort to provide well-placed
notices of the Oceans Day exhibit throughout the Capitol. Because of the technical nature of issues facing
the legislature, people were especially interested in USGS products and asked many questions. Brochures
on how to obtain aerial photographs and satellite images from the USGS were particularly popular.
Jane Eggleston spent the entire day at the display and was invaluable in providing assistance and
knowledge of water programs.
University of South Florida
in this issue:
African Sahel Dust
Radio Interview Explores African Dust
Florida Coastal Storm Defenses
Oceans Day 2002
Black History Month
Environmental Academy Web Site
Regional Science Fair
Congressional BriefingSea Otter Research
Law of the Sea
Bill Dillon Retires
John Hughes Clarke"Imaging Water Mass Variability"
March Publications List