Activities

The USGS Coalition organizes and engages in numerous activities that support the work of the U.S. Geological Survey.  Each year, the Coalition hosts a reception and exhibition on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress are recognized for their leadership.  The Coalition has also sponsored science briefings for policymakers.

2014

The USGS Coalition honored Senators Lisa Murkowski, Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Dean Heller at its annual reception on September 16, 2014.  The Senators received the 2014 USGS Coalition Leadership Award in recognition of their strong support of the USGS through their work on the Crtical Minerals Policy Act of 2013.  For more information, read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Senator Heller accepts the 2014 USGS Coalition award. Right: Ron Fabish accepts the award on behalf of Senator Murkowski from Elizabeth Duffy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Kelly Knutsen, staff member for Senator Udall. Right: Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the USGS.

2013

The USGS Coalition honored Representatives Ken Calvert and Peter DeFazio at its annual reception on September 17, 2013.  The Representatives received the 2013 USGS Coalition Leadership Award for their sustained efforts to champion the scientific programs of the USGS.  For more information, read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Rep. Calvert accepts the 2013 USGS Coalition award from Kasey White of the Geological Society of America. Right: Rep. DeFazio speaks after accepting the 2013 USGS Coalition award.

2012

The USGS Coalition honored Representatives Steven LaTourette and Betty McCollum at its annual reception on September 12, 2012.  The Representatives received the 2012 USGS Coalition Leadership Award for their sustained efforts to champion the scientific programs of the USGS.  For more information, read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Rep. LaTourette accepts the 2012 USGS Coalition award. Right: Harvey Thorleifson presents the award to Rep. McCollum.

2011

The USGS Coalition honored Senator Jeff Bingaman at its annual reception on September 21, 2011.  The award recognizes Senator Bingaman for his long-term support of the USGS and for his leadership on legislation and policies on natural resources, public lands, and energy for current and future generations.  For more information, read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Jeff Bingaman accepts the 2011 USGS Coalition Leadership Award.

2010

The USGS Coalition honored Representatives Jim Moran and Mike Simpson at its annual reception on September 20, 2010. For more information please view the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Rep. Moran accepts the 2010 USGS Coalition award. Right: Coalition co-chair Robert Gropp presents the award to Rep. Simpson.

The Coalition sponsored a congressional briefing organized by the USGS on September 10, 2010.  "Science for the Future of the Chesapeake Bay" featured presentations by representatives of the USGS, Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service.

2009

The USGS Coalition honored Senators Diane Feinstein and Lisa Murkowski at its annual reception on September 14, 2009. For more information please view the press release.

2008

The USGS Coalition honored Representatives Norm Dicks and Ralph Regula at its annual reception on September 15, 2008. For more information please view the press release.

2005

The USGS Coalition was awarded the 2005 John Wesley Powell Award.  This award is given to organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the USGS mission.  The USGS Coalition was recognized for "increasing awareness of the Bureau and its activities to officials of both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal government."

The USGS Coalition hosted seventeen Congressional staff on a day-long exploration of USGS science in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Held in Havre de Grace, MD on June 6, 2005, the event featured presentations by USGS scientists on the role of USGS science in understanding and restoring the Bay watershed. Congressional staff also had the opportunity to sail the Bay on the Skipjack Martha Lewis with USGS scientists onboard to discuss the health of the Bay. Before we set out, everyone had to help hoist the sails.