FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2002
Coalition members, Alabama Office of Water Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama Power Company, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Mobile Area Water and Sewer Systems and Cahaba River Society are sponsoring the workshop to share the research and information about living resources of the Mobile River Basin, one of the largest drainage basins in the United States. In addition, the participants will share information on current and future conservation needs of the Basin.
The workshop will feature speakers from industry, environmental groups, research interests and government agencies. It will culminate with a panel discussion on pollution trading, an emerging topic of public interest.
The workshop is open to the public for a $25.00 fee, which includes
speaker presentations, lunch on the first day, and a copy of the Mobile
River Basin Recovery Plan and other imperiled species information in
CD format; however, space is limited and pre-registration is required.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife
and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System which encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands
of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates
70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological
services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations,
restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife
habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation
efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds
of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment
to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286