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mpact the more than 25 million people who rely on this source for water and power. Science-based tools and information are needed to adapt to changing climate conditions in this region of growing population and limited water resources. For more information on the USGS model showing potential shortages from this basin, visit http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/proj.bib/Publications/2007/mccabe_wolock_2007.pdf. The USGS is hosting a congressional briefing on June 6 in Washington, D.C. on climate change impacts on the Colorado River. The briefing is open to the public. For more information about this briefing, visit www.usgs.gov/solutions or contact Jessica Robertson at 703-648-6624 or jrobertson@usgs.gov.

Mineral Production Data Reflect Economic Slowdown

The USGS releases minerals information essential to the U.S. economy and national security. The latest quarterly USGS data on U.S. mineral production reflect the domestic housing market decline over the past year. The USGS study shows significant declines in domestic production for a number of construction materials, including cement, gypsum, crushed stone, and construction sand and gravel. USGS mineral data are used by the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors in preparing its index of industrial production, a principal economic indicator. To see the report "U.S. Production of Selected Mineral Commodities," visit http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/mis.html. For more information on the USGS Mineral Resources Program, visit http://minerals.usgs.gov/. You can also contact Jessica Robertson at 703-648-6624 or jrobertson@usgs.gov.

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