Conference on hydrology of volcanics in the western States

                           UNITED STATES
                    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
                         GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
                     Water Resources Division
                        Washington 25, D.C.

In reply refer to:                               March 6, 1957
                                                 Code 4051 0001


To:       District Chiefs and Staff Officials, Ground Water Branch

From:     Assistant Chief, Ground Water Branch, Washington, D.C.

Subject:  Conference on hydrology of volcanics in the western

Comments received from field offices in response to Ground Water
Branch memorandum of January 18, on plans for a conference on
hydrology of volcanics and alluvial deposits, indicate that it
would be advisable to have two conferences, one on volcanic rocks
in September 1957 in the Northwest and the other on alluvial
deposits in the western States.  Among the suggestions received
from the field, Messrs.  Mundorff and Newcomb have submitted
outlines for the conferences and field trip which seem to be very
good.  Therefore, I am asking Mr. Mundorff, with the assistance of
Mr. Newcomb and others who can participate, to work on a plan for
a conference and field trip during the week of September 8-13,
inclusive.  The field trip, tentatively, is scheduled to start at
Idaho Falls and end at Pendleton, Oregon, with papers and
discussions on the evenings as the field trip progresses.  The
first day will be devoted to papers and discussions at Idaho
Falls.  A session of informal task and discussions on the field
trip will be held on the last day.  The trip can be made in
chartered busses, as was done on the limestone conferences.  Each
person who makes the trip will pay his part of the cost of the
transportation and claim that item on his expense voucher for the

It will be appreciated if each of you will let us know immediately
whether you see any serious conflict with the proposed dates for
the trip.

It was suggested to Mr. Mundorff that we would send to him all the
suggestions thus far received from the field offices.  However,
the memoranda from the field contain comments on alluvial deposits
which would not be pertinent for the conference on volcanics.
Accordingly, it seems simpler for you to restate your topics and
suggestions which would be helpful on a conference on volcanics to
be held in the Northwest, and send that information directly to
Mr. Mandorff, with a copy to this office.  As soon as Mr. Mundorff
prepares a tentative schedule for the field trip and a list of
topics to be discussed, we will include that information in a
memorandum to each field office concerned, so that they can offer
additional comments and suggestions if they so desire.

Each field office should send to the Washington office, with a
copy to Mr. Mundorff, a list of persons who should attend and
participate in the conference and the field trip.

                                  (s) A. G. Fiedler

Distribution:  A, B, GS, GFO