Congress Seeks to Privatize Some USGS Water Activities by Kris Christen. Chemistry.org, American Chemical Society. Reprinted from Environmental Science & Technology, June 8, 2005.
More of the data collection and analysis work conducted through the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) cooperative water program could be privatized under language in the U.S. House of Representativeâ€™s Department of the Interior fiscal year 2006 appropriations bill. Supporters of the privatization language say that it would stop USGS from competing with the private sector, but many environmental managers fear that important data collection efforts would be weakened.