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OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD AT EXPANDED U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FACILITY

 OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD AT EXPANDED
 U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FACILITY
 In celebration of its recent expansion, the Environmental Management Technical Center (EMTC), 575 Lester Avenue, Onalaska, Wis., will host an open house on Saturday, July 25, 1992. A brief dedication program will begin at 10 a.m. Congressman Steve Gunderson will cut the ribbon to the EMTC's new entrance, and the public will be invited to tour the facility immediately following the ribbon-cutting. The center will be open until 1 p.m.
 The EMTC is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (service) facility which administers the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) for the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS). The LTRMP provides river managers with information to maintain the UMRS as a viable multiple-use large river ecosystem. According to EMTC Program Manager Bob Delaney, "Our researchers are dedicated to making sure the river's future is protected. Evaluating past and present patterns and trends will aid efforts to plan for the future of this vital ecosystem."
 In cooperation with its state partners, the service collects and analyzes scientific data on the UMRS. Field stations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin collect data on water, sediment, fish, vegetation, land cover, land use, and invertebrates along reaches of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Using state-of-the-art computer technology, the EMTC analyzes these data to determine system-wide trends and develop management strategies.
 Through a congressionally mandated collaborative effort with the service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corp) provides overall LTRMP management, constructs habitat rehabilitation projects and coordinates program funding.
 The recent expansion nearly doubled the office and laboratory space at the EMTC, which houses corps and service employees, a state of Wisconsin research team, and university students and professors involved in the LTRMP. "We now have a world-class staff of scientists and computer technology specialists," said Delaney.
 Exhibits and demonstrations of EMTC activities will be featured at the open house. LTRMP Hovercraft and other river vehicles, netting, and electrofishing gear used in collection activities will be on display outside the building. Inside, EMTC scientists and technicians will discuss their river research projects, data base management and automation activities. The geographic information systems and remote sensing laboratory will be open for inspection.
 As an agency of the Department of the Interior, the service protects, preserves, enhances, and restores fish and wildlife resources in the nation. The EMTC is in the service's Region 3, which has responsibility for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
 CONTACT: Susan Holmes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 612-725-3519.
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