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Welcome to the 2014 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "Start with Science"

Previous Congressional Briefings

Second in the 2014 series

Streamgages ≈ Follow the Flow — May 2, 2014

Water is key to life. Floods, droughts, pollution—all threaten our health, happiness and prosperity. Streamgages provide critical information that the public, emergency responders, and resource managers need to protect, manage, and sustain our Nation's surface waters. Come hear how the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are helping.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.

1334 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.


UDFCD logo Kevin Stewart
Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District

strcrp logoJanet Thigpen
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board, New York

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board

NOAAErnie Wells
NOAA National Weather Service & National River Forecast Services Leader

National Weather Service Advance Hydrolic Prediction Service

Kass Green & Associates LogoTony Willardson
Executive Director, Western States Water Council

Western States Water Council

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Speaker Biographies


Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart is a registered professional engineer who manages the Information Services and Flood Warning Program of the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in Denver, Colorado. This regional flood control district serves 2.7 million people that live and work in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area.


Janet Thigpen

Janet Thigpen is the Flood Mitigation Specialist for the three-county Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board in New York. She has implemented a regional Flood Assistance Program since 1996, providing technical, planning, and grant writing assistance for diverse flood damage prevention activities, including floodplain management, stormwater management, watershed and land use planning, hazard mitigation planning, property protection, structural flood control, stream management, flood warning, flood hazard mapping, and flood recovery.


Ernie Wells

Ernie Wells is the NOAA National Weather Service National River Forecast Services Leader. As the national River Forecast Services Leader for NOAA’s National Weather Service, Mr. Wells is responsible for development and coordination of service concepts, operational policies, and procedures for the hydrologic services provided by 13 river forecast centers in the National Weather Service.


Tony Willardson

Tony Willardson is the Executive Director of the Western States Water Council. Organized in 1965, the council brings about effective cooperation among Western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources.

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