WATER E-NEWS    Vol. 3 Issue 1    Jan. – Feb. 2004

Delaware Water Resources Center (DWRC) http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/

UD Water Resources Agency (WRA)              http://www.wr.udel.edu/


Featured in this issue of our monthly Water E-News:

I.   2004 Undergraduate Internships in Water Resources from DWRC and more;

II.  Graduate student, post-doc and professional opportunities;

III. Project funding and awards programs;

IV. Upcoming conferences; and

V.   New water resources reports.



New Co-Sponsor and Stipend level for DWRC 2004 internships: Apply by Mar. 19, 2004.      The Delaware Water Resources Center announces that the UD College of Arts and Science has joined the roster of co-sponsors funding DWRC undergraduate internships in water resources for 2004-2005.  Co-sponsors returning from last year’s program include the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Geological Survey, UD Water Resources Agency, UD Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Marine Studies, and also the UD Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. All undergraduate students enrolled at *any* institution of higher learning in the state of Delaware are eligible to apply, except for those graduating in the Spring of 2004.  All students must have the active support of a faculty advisor and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The new 2004 stipend has been increased to a maximum of $3500.  Students typically work ten weeks full-time during the summer and additional hours during the fall and winter as the individual project demands. Academic credit for the internship is also possible but must be coordinated with the student’s faculty advisor. Interns must submit a written report on their project and participate in a poster session at an undergraduate research conference in the spring of 2005. The application deadline for DWRC internships is March 19, 2004. Details on current and past projects, current faculty advisors, application materials to submit, and report and poster requirements, can be found at the DWRC website: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs.html.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Projects, Summer 2004

Two programs are announced:

*  Applications are due Feb. 15, 2004 for the Kent State University Water Resources Research Institute Lake Erie Ecosystem Watershed Project, to  be conducted June 6 – July 31, 2004.  The stipend is $2500, housing allowance $1100, and travel benefits to-from Kent State University are up to $500.  To apply and for more information visit http://dept.kent.edu/wrri/.  

*  Applications are due Mar. 30, 2004 for ten projects in GIS and soil/water resources at the University of Oklahoma June 7 – July 30, 2004. Student participants will receive a $270/week stipend, lodging, some meals and travel expenses to/from Stillwater, OK.  Students must be U.S. citizens in their junior or senior year and will be selected on the basis of their GPA and experience/coursework involving soil or water resources and GIS.  For details and application visit www.geog.okstate.edu/reu/.


ASA/CSSA/SSSA Undergrad Science Policy Internship

ASA/CSSA/SSSA Online Awards Program / Careers Postings

American Society of Agronomy www.agronomy.org

Crop Science Society of America www.crops.org

Soil Science Society of America www.soils.org

Do you know of undergrad/grad students with an interest in science policy? Forward this announcement and encourage them to apply by March 5 for the Societies’ Science Policy Internship (a paid, 3 to 6 month position). This has been an excellent opportunity for students to get experience working on a wide array of science and policy matters. The internship features flexible start and end dates at the societies’ Science Policy Office in Washington, DC. For info: www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/sci_pol_intern.html  

The Societies have dozens of scholarships and awards (including the prestigious award of Fellow) available to eligible undergrad/grad students, professionals, international researchers, and other scientists. March 5 is the deadline to submit nominations, including the online receipt of 3 reference letters.  Visit: www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/awards/ The Societies also have a careers / job posting site at http://www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/career/.


See http://ag.udel.edu/iseq/internships.htm for more environmental undergraduate internships.



2004 Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR http://www.ucowr.siu.edu/) Dissertation Awards: Applications are due Thurs. Feb. 5, 2004 for these awards annually recognizing two outstanding Ph.D. dissertations on water issues, one in each of the following categories: (1) Water Policy and Socio-Economics, and (2) Natural Science and Engineering.   The award consists of: a certificate and $750 cash award; reimbursement up to $1,000 for travel expenses and registration fee waiver to attend the UCOWR annual meeting in Portland, OR, July 20-22, 2004.  To apply, contact the lead delegate for the University of Delaware, Dr. C. P. Huang of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (huang@ce.udel.edu).


Graduate students in water science and technology: the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) offers $15,000 fellowships for 2004-2005 (visit www.nwri-usa.org or contact 714-378-3278).  Applicants must be enrolled fulltime at a U.S. university or college but need not be U.S. citizens; applications are due March 1, 2004.


March 5: deadline for ASA/CSSA/SSSA Online Awards Program nominations, see II. above.



Reminder: $250,000 WATER RESOURCES NATIONAL Competitive GRANTS Applications are due March 1, 2004.  The RFP is found at https://niwr.org/competitive_grants/2004_104G_RFP.   Closing date for proposals to be filed on the web site by principal investigators is 5 pm EST March 1, 2004.  The closing date for application approvals by local Institute Directors is 5 PM EST, March 12, 2004.  Local Institute contact is: Dr. Tom Sims, Director, Delaware Water Resources Center, 113 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-2103 (302-831-6757; FAX 302-831-6758; jtsims@udel.edu).


USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) 2004       $9.2 million (est.) National Integrated Water Quality Program RFA:   Applications due April 21, 2004.  Visit http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/04/rfa_com_grants_prg_04.htm   CSREES’ Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program provides funding for integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. This RFA aims to develop research, education, and extension projects aimed at improving the quality of water resources in agricultural watersheds nationwide.




Web conferencing:  Free Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUASHI) cyberseminars are offered for spring 2004:
02/27/04     Dave Tuck - NAPLogic, Inc. 
   "Time for a New Dimension in Capillary Pressure-Saturation Space"
03/05/04     David Tarboton - Utah State University
   "Terrain Analysis and Hydrologic Modeling using Digital Elevation Models and GIS"
03/19/04    David Goodrich - USGS-ARS-SWRC
   "Integrated Science and Decision Making: Cutting Edge Science to Address Real-World
   Watershed Issues"
04/09/04     Matt Moore - National Sedimentation Laboratory
   "What Role Do Ecologic and Hydrologic Research Play in the TMDL process?"
All lectures will be given over the web at 3 pm Eastern Time, and seminars are open to all interested parties. Each lecture will have a PowerPoint presentation shown over the web in conjunction with a conference call for narration. Although there is no cost for attending these seminars, advance registration is required (e-mail by 48 hours in advance to commgr@cuahsi.org). Please visit http://www.cuahsi.org for further details. 


National / International Water Resources Symposia:


Poster/Oral presentation abstracts are due March 1, 2004 for the symposium: "Nutrient Management in Agricultural Watersheds - A Wetlands Solution", May 24-26, 2004, County Wexford, Ireland, cohosted by the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science Department and the Teagasc Research Centre. Visit http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/nutrient/.


Poster Proposal forms (http://www.estuaries.org/objects/2004RAECFP.pdf) are due by March 1, 2004 for Restore America's Estuaries' Second National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, September 12-15, 2004, Seattle, Washington (http://www.estuaries.org/2ndnationalconference.php).  Questions, contact Steve Emmett-Mattox at Restore America's Estuaries, sem@estuaries.org, 703-524-0248.


Symposium: “Integrated Monitoring & Assessment for Effective Water Quality”, May 3-7, 2004, Newport, Rhode Island, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) program, EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Council of State Governments (CSG), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Visit: http://www.csg.org   (Keyword EMAP)




A guidance document describing EPA’s recommendations for watershed-based permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program is now available online at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/watersheds.  This approach is aimed at achieving new efficiencies and environmental results through the NPDES program.  The watershed approach to permitting provides a process for considering all stressors within a hydrologically defined drainage basin, rather than addressing individual pollutant sources on a discharge-by-discharge basis.


 “Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge; Final Agency Response to the National Research Council (NRC) Report on Biosolids Applied to Land and the Results of EPA's Review of Existing Sewage Sludge Regulations” is the U.S. EPA’s action plan announced Dec. 31, 2003 addressing the NRC's biosolids recommendations and stakeholder input received through the Biosolids Research Summit sponsored by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) in July 2003.  The plan lists 14 projects the agency expects to complete or begin within the next two to three years to strengthen sewage sludge use and disposal programs.    Read about it at: http://www.werf.org/Press/News_Events.cfm#actionplan.

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