tiative should build upon the USGS’s history, mandate, and capabilities. It should take advantage of key attributes of the institution, such as its

  1. mission as provider of unbiased science information,

  2. multidisciplinary staff,

  3. data collection and monitoring expertise,

  4. experience in science synthesis at many scales, and

  5. organizational structure that combines national research programs with state-, watershed-, and university-based cooperative programs.

In carrying out the initiative, the USGS should closely coordinate with other federal agencies involved in river science and related activities.

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