Delaware Water Resources Center

152 Townsend Hall

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19717-1303

Phone: 302 – 831 – 1392, FAX -- 0605

DWRC Center Director:    Dr. Tom Sims  jtsims@udel.edu      Program Coordinator:    Amy Boyd aboyd@udel.edu

 

WATER E-NEWS    Vol. 1 Issue 4    November-December 2002

http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/newsletters/Nov-Dec02.htm

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

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

 

In this issue of our monthly Water E-News, we announce new undergraduate internships in water resources, graduate student and professional opportunities and project funding, upcoming conferences, and new information sources in water resources.

 

New DWRC Undergraduate Internship Program for 2003

The DWRC will offer both general and co-sponsored undergraduate internships in water resources for 2003-2004.  Co-sponsors to date and areas for internships include the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Animal and Food Sciences, Entomology and Applied Ecology, Bioresources Engineering, Applied Economics and Statistics, or Plant and Soil Sciences), College of Marine Studies (Marine Biology and Biochemistry, Marine Policy, Oceanography, or Physical Ocean Science & Engineering), College of Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering), Water Resources Agency (water resource policy), and Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (nutrient management and water quality). Application and program requirements remain as last year and may be viewed at http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs.html#2002InternshipInfo.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT, POST-DOC and PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Purdue University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Watershed Hydrologist Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track, academic year appointment ) available in January 2003 in the Department of Agronomy, The Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute, in West Lafayette, IN. For complete details see http://www.agry.purdue.edu.  Contacts are Dr. Ronald Turco rturco@purdue.edu or Dr. Craig Beyrouty beyrouty@purdue.edu.

 

Application postmark deadline is January 15, 2003 for the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society ‘s 2003-2004 Congressional Science Fellowships.  Scientists of all ages and career levels are encouraged to apply to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the lab bench by serving one year as technical advisor / national policy analyst on Capitol Hill.  Applicants need scientific qualifications, specifically a PhD in physics or a closely related field or compensating research experience, and also have demonstrated an interest in broader societal concerns and the application of science to their solution.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, APS members for the APS Fellowship, and current members of one or more of the ten AIP Member Societies for the AIP Fellowship.  For application details, please visit:

For AIP: http://www.aip.org/pubinfo. 

For APS: http://www.aps.org/public_affairs/fellow/index.html

For AGU: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy//sci_pol.html

For OSA: http://www.osa.org/aboutosa/awards/other/congress.cfm

 

The University of Maine is seeking one or more graduate students (MS or PhD level) to work on long-term studies of upland watersheds and the effects of acid deposition on the chemistry of lakes and streams in the northeast and Midwest.  Preferred start date is June 2003. Contact: Dr. Katherine Webster (Katherine_Webster@umit.maine.edu; phone 207-581-2542 and web site http://www.umaine.edu/WaterResearch/) for more information.  The University of Maine is also seeking a Post-Doc to work with a research group on a variety of Maine water-related issues.  This position is available immediately.  Contact Dr. Steve Kahl (kahl@maine.edu; http://www.umaine.edu/WaterResearch/; 207-581-3286) for more information.

 

Environmental/Social Change/Political career opportunities for college water resources seniors are offered to direct year-round environmental campaigns by Boston’s Fund for Public Interest Research in Boston.  Contact Audra Friend (617)747-4335 audraf@ffpir.org. www.fundcareers.org.

 

PROJECT FUNDING AND AWARDS
The National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR) National Competitive Grants RFP for 2003 will soon be available. To view last year's RFP, visit https://niwr.org/104G_RFP.  Abstracts of funded year 2000 projects funded totaling $1 million are at http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/00grants/nationalindex.html

 

The National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project (NDWRCDP) announces the availability of funding for two projects that focus on a Micro-Scale Evaluation of Phosphorus Removal

 

The EPA is encouraged by recent favorable House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee actions on its $21 million request for the Watershed Initiative.  Once the funds are appropriated, the Agency plans to select up to 20 watersheds throughout the country for grants to support promising watershed-based efforts toward cleaner water.  See the EPA’s Watershed Initiative site at http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiative  for details.

 

EPA and other partners announce the 2003 National Wetlands Awards.  Nomination forms are on the website http://www.eli.org/nwa/nwaprogram.htm.  The deadline is January l0, 2003.  For questions, contact Erica Pencak at 202-939-3288 or email wetlandsawards@eli.org.

 

Nominations are now being accepted for both the 2003 Stockholm Industry Water Award (www.siwi.org/siwa) and the 2003 Swedish Baltic Sea Water Award (www.siwi.org/sbswa).

 

LOCAL CONFERENCES

“Responsible Water Use in the Garden,” daylong event exploring water-wise gardening, co-sponsored by the Longwood Graduate Program and Winterthur’s Garden Division on Saturday March 29, 2003 at Winterthur.  Registration is due March 17 and the $105 fee ($45 for students with ID over age 12) includes all lectures on regional water supply, responsible water use and garden design and plant selection for conservation, tours of gardens and galleries, lunch and refreshments.  For information or a registration brochure, visit www.udel.edu/LongwoodGrad under “Symposium” or contact: Gerry Zuka, 302-831-2517 gerryz@udel.edu.

 

OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Call for papers, posters, special sessions, workshops: Deadline Fri. Dec. 13.  Soil and Water Conservation Society 2003 annual conference, July 26-30, 2003, Spokane WA. http://www.swcs.org/t_what_callforpapers03.htm

 

The American Water Works Assn. is sponsoring their national source water protection meeting on Jan. l9-22 in Albuquerque, NM. http://www.awwa.org/conferences/SWP

USDA’s Water Quality Conference will present work accomplished since 2000 under the         National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP), Tucson AZ, January 12-15, 2003. Conference web site: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce/csrees/index.shtml.

 

USGS – AWRA specialty conference "Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality" (May 12-14, 2003, Kansas City, MO) will discuss pesticides, nutrients, and CAFOs.  See http://www.awra.org/meetings/Kansas2003/ for more details.

 

The First Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the 2003 World Water Week in Stockholm (August 10-16, 2003) and Stockholm Water Symposium (August 11-14) is now available. For details visit www.siwi.org/waterweek2003.

 

NEW WATER RESOURCES INFORMATION SOURCES

Nov. 2002 marked the first issue of the “Envirocast News” water e-newsletter.  This joint project of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) and the Center for Watershed Protection(CWP) is produced monthly in partnership with StormCenter Communications under an EPA-awarded agreement. For timely and informative environmental stories, information and resources relating to weather and watersheds-particularly the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – highlighting impact on our everyday lives, visit www.stormcenter.com/envirocast.

 

U.S. Geological Survey Water Education Poster Series on Wetlands, Water Use, Wastewater, Navigation, Groundwater, and Water Quality is now available, with each poster distributed in elementary and middle school student versions. http://water.usgs.gov/outreach/OutReach.html and http://www.usgs.gov/education/

 

Newly released reports:

 

EPA 2000 National Water Quality Inventory.  Visit www.epa.gov/305b/2000report.

 

USFS Watershed Restoration Partnerships FY01 Accomplishments.  Visit www.fs.fed.us/largewatershedprojects/ and click “Annual Reports”.

 

State of the Nation’s Ecosystems” from the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. www.heinzctr.org/ecosystems/index.htm

 

New Internet applications:

 

Local officials seeking to hire consultants for environmental services are encouraged to visit the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network's (LGEAN's) directory of environmental consultants at http://www.lgean.org/consultants.  For more information, contact Andrew Seth at 202/962-3622 or lgean@icma.org.  Searching for environmental consultants by keyword, service area, location, or name of consultant/company is supported, providing a description of company services, local government references, and contact information.

 

EPA is pleased to announce the new Watershed Academy Web-based training module, “Introduction to the Clean Water Act”, at: http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/cwa/, which provides 65 slides explaining the major CWA programs: 1) water quality standards, 2) antidegradation policy, 3) waterbody monitoring and assessment, 4) reports on condition of the nation's waters, 5 ) total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), 6) NPDES permit program for point sources, 7) Section 319 program for nonpoint sources, 8) Section 404 program regulating filling of wetlands and other waters; 9) Section 401 state water quality certification; and 10) state revolving loan fund (SRF).  For more information about EPA's Watershed Academy Web-Based Training and Watershed Management Certificate program go to http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/.

 

EnviroMapper for Water is an internet-accessible GIS application that dynamically displays information about US bodies of water at www.epa.gov/waters/enviromapper/v2new.html

 

The new USGS National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI) is a free, web-based database facilitating comparisons and sharing of water quality monitoring methods data, at http://www.nemi.gov. The NEMI database contains chemical, micro-biological and radiochemical method summaries and will be expanded to include biological and other methods.

 

The CSREES National Water Quality Program web site is now available at http://www.usawaterquality.org.  The new site builds upon the 10 Regional Water Quality web  sites (also accessible at the above URL), which were funded  through the CSREES National Integrated Water Quality  Program (NIWQP).  Links are provided to the existing four  National Facilitation projects funded through NIWQP. This is a unique opportunity to access information about existing water quality programs and activities across the states and associated territories. 

 

Florida Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

USDA and the state of Florida signed a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program agreement to restore up to 30,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land, including the Everglades;  reduce phosphorus runoff; increase water storage capacity in the Lake Okeechobee watershed; and reduce agricultural  pollutants in the lower St. Johns River and the Ocklawaha and Indian River Basin.  Visit http://www.usda.gov/news/release/2002/10/0464.htm for information.

 

WATER QUALITY MODELING EXPERT JOINS UD FACULTY

Dominic DiToro, a senior level scientist / engineer known world-wide for his expertise in water quality modeling, is joining the faculty of the UD Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January.  His web site is http://www.engineering.manhattan.edu/environmental/faculty/Dditoro.html

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DWRC’s Water E-News is published monthly by the Delaware Water Resources as a service to citizens interested in topics on  Delaware water resources.  Our address at the University of Delaware is 152 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19717-1303. Phone: 302- 831-1392; fax: 302-831-0605; Web: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/ Dr. Tom Sims, Director, email jtsims@udel.edu; Amy Boyd, Program Coordinator, email aboyd@udel.edu.