The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its web site with several documents related to its ongoing watershed assessment of Bristol Bay. These include a draft watershed assessment outline, presentations and diagrams from the Intergovernmental Team Meetings it held last week.
The meetings were held in order to talk with scientists and technical staff from other federal, state and tribal governments in Alaska. "The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the status of EPA's Bristol Bay assessment with government partners and find out if there is additional technical or scientific information that should be incorporated into our work," said Judy Smith, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator.
The information presented at the meetings represents "a sample of where EPA is currently at in the evaluation, assessment and information gathering process," said Smith. "We have a lot of work left to do on the assessment, but we are making progress, especially on pulling together information about the current conditions of the watersheds."
The EPA is using conceptual diagrams as a tool during the watershed assessment and explains that "these diagrams can be useful tools throughout an assessment, from structuring and clarifying initial brainstorming, to providing a framework for data collection and analysis, to organizing and presenting results."
Members of the Intergovernmental Technical Team
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