USGS Coalition Honors Reps. Dicks and Regula
at Congressional Reception
Representatives Norman Dicks (D-Wash.) and Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) were honored for their enduring support for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with the first USGS Coalition Leadership Awards, presented at a Capitol Hill ceremony on 15 September 2008. Rep. Dicks is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and Rep. Ralph Regula is former Chairman of that subcommittee. More than 150 people from Congress, federal agencies, and scientific organizations participated in the event.
"The U.S. Geological Survey is one of the nation's premiere science agencies. It benefits every American every day," said Craig Schiffries, co-chair of the USGS Coalition and director for geoscience policy at the Geological Society of America. "Representatives Dicks and Regula are being honored for promoting the important science sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and for providing the agency with the funding required to address many of our nation's most pressing challenges."
Schiffries cited Rep. Dicks for his career-long advocacy of science as the foundation for governmental decisions relating to land management and natural resource policy. In accepting the award, Rep. Dicks commended the USGS and highlighted its role in helping the nation prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity along the Pacific Rim.
Rep. Regula was cited for fending off a proposal to abolish the U.S. Geological Survey in the 1990s. Instead of being abolished, the USGS was expanded to incorporate the National Biological Service and parts of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. This expansion enabled the USGS to conduct integrated scientific studies that address biology, geography, geology, and water resources.
USGS Director Mark Myers praised Reps. Dicks and Regula and thanked the USGS Coalition for its work. He emphasized that the USGS leverages its resources and expertise in partnership with more than 2,000 organizations.
The USGS Coalition is an alliance of 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the unique combination of biological, geological, hydrological and mapping programs of the USGS. The Coalition supports increased federal investment in USGS programs that underpin responsible natural resource stewardship, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, and contribute to the long-term health, security and prosperity of the nation.
GSA is a founding member of the USGS Coalition and co-chairs the group with the American Institute of Biological Sciences.