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Water-Resources Information Reports are a discontinued series of reports. When used, they contained hydrologic information of local interest.


NAWQA Communication Strategy for Circular
1291: Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Ground
Water, 1992-2001
(released March, 2006)

1. Conducted formal external review of the Circular (two formal USGS peer reviews, 15 external reviews);

2. Briefed federal agencies and others on major findings and implications (Department of the Interior [DOI], U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA’s] Office of Water and Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA];

3. Posted the Circular and companion materials on an internal website so USGS scientists (such as Water Science Center Directors) could become familiar with findings and implications;

4. Worked collaboratively with communications staff at EPA and USDA during release (exchanged press releases);

5. Briefed DOI external and public affairs stakeholders on key findings and communications plan;

6. Held congressional briefing;

7. Posted USGS Circular and companion materials on the NAWQA homepage;

8. Distributed Circular and companion materials to agencies and stakeholders (printed and electronic versions);

9. Derivative articles written to communicate information about specific issues of interest to selected organizations; and

10. Continued distribution through conferences, workshops, follow-up meetings, and briefings.

SOURCE: P. Hamilton, personal communication, June 25, 2010.

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