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WED Scientist To Participate in ICP-Waters Meeting

John Stoddard, a researcher at NHEERL’s Western Ecology Division (WED) Freshwater Ecology Branch in Corvallis, OR, has been the U.S. representative to the International Cooperative Programme (ICP)-Waters for the past 20 years. This year, he will participate in the 27th Task Force Meeting of the ICP on Assessment and Monitoring of Acidification of Rivers and Lakes in Sochi, Russia, October 19-21. The primary purposes of this meeting will be the discussion and approval of ICP’s new trend report and a report on the effects of nitrogen deposition on oligotrophic surface waters. Also, while there, Dr. Stoddard will make a presentation on the ongoing monitoring activities at WED.

Dr. Stoddard’s continued involvement with ICP-Waters will help assure that (1) any use of Long-Term Monitoring (LTM) project data by the ICP or its members will be technically appropriate and consistent with EPA interpretations of the data, (2) no ICP report compromises LTM data quality standards, (3) use of LTM data does not violate any agreements with EPA cooperators about the confidentiality of their data, and (4) the international scientific community involved in the ICP is fully aware of the current scientific knowledge being applied in the Temporally Integrated Monitoring of Ecosystems and LTM projects.

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