Vol. 5 Issue 1

February 2006

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

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

In this month’s issue, online at http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/newsletters/feb06.htm : 


I.   DWRC News:

Mentors / Projects Needed;   Poster Session;   Scout Training at Ag Day;

II.  Jobs in Water Resources;   III.  Upcoming water conferences / events; 

IV.   New water resources information and training


I.  DWRC News: 


Mentors and Projects Needed: ‘06-‘07 DWRC UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Current project proposals: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs/2006-2007/DWRC06 Project Proposals.htm

Brochure and information about the 60 current and past projects funded since 2000, current faculty advisors, application materials, report and poster requirements: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs.html


Students having a 3.0 GPA or better enrolled at any Delaware institute of higher learning (except those in class of Spring ’06) may apply through Mar. 24th for DWRC’s undergraduate internships and earn up to $3500 at the rate of $10 per hour worked.  DWRC’s research and education opportunities are especially attractive to undergraduates seeking mentored experiences leading to publication and possibly a degree with distinction or senior thesis.  However, they must have the active support of a mentor who matches intern earnings 2:1, usually through a commitment of time to the project.  Advisors may mentor up to two students concurrently. 


If you would like to mentor a deserving DWRC intern and/or propose a project of up to 350 hours to be completed by Feb. 28, 2007, contact Amy Boyd at (302) 738 – 6779 or aboyd@udel.edu.


Friday, April 28, 2006:  Free DWRC 2005-2006 Undergraduate Internships research project Poster Session, part of larger session sponsored by UD Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., UD Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms A, B & C, Newark, DE.


Saturday, April 29, 2006: Free Boy Scout “Soil and Water Conservation” merit badge and teen Girl Scout “Eco-Action” interest project training programs at UD “Ag Day”, Townsend Hall, Newark, DE.  Taught by DWRC and Institute for Soil and Environmental Quality staff.  For ’06 flyer and highlights of the ’05 and ’04 programs, visit http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/publications.html. Space and program materials are limited. Contact Amy Boyd aboyd@udel.edu (302) 738-6779 to pre-register.




2006-2007 Delaware Water Resources Center undergraduate internships.  See I above.


The Clean Water Network (CWN) seeks a director for a national coalition of 1000+ organizations working to protect and restore our nation’s rivers, lakes, coastal waters and wetlands. Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience, proven coalition-building skills, and demonstrated leadership ability. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample (press release, fact sheet or action alert preferred) to: Christy Leavitt, Director Job Search, Clean Water Network, 1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005 Email: directorsearch@cwn.org



Graduate students in water science and technology: the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) offers $15,000 fellowships for 2006-2007 (visit http://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, 2006.


The Institute for Soil and Environmental Quality maintains a web page of undergraduate internships listed as "agricultural, companies, education, government agencies, non-profits, plant science, policy/campaigning, and summer research".  42 internships are currently listed.  Visit http://ag.udel.edu/iseq/internships.htm.


Delaware State University offers water-related undergraduate and graduate assistantships and undergraduate scholarships. Contact Dr. Dennis McIntosh, phone (302) 857-6456, fax (302) 857-6402, e-mail dmcintosh@desu.edu, or visit http://cars.desu.edu/faculty/mreiter/opportunities.htm.


For news about fellowships through the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, visit http://www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/scholarships.html, http://www.ocean.udel.edu/seagrant/education/fellowship.html  or

http://www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/external.html for external funding opportunities.




Watch http://www.deawra.org/Meetings/meetings.php for upcoming meeting news and Feb. 14 meeting minutes of the Delaware Section of the American Water Resources Association.


Friday, Feb. 17, 2006: 12th annual Delaware Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, Modern Maturity Center, Dover, Delaware.  Agenda / $30 Registration / Directions: http://ag.udel.edu/govconf/   Topics include: Nutrient management and nutrient crop management, water quality, watershed assessment, alternative uses for excess poultry litter.


Thursday, Mar. 16, 2006: Free lecture “Wild and Scenic White Clay Creek Watershed -- A Threatened Treasure", 7 pm, Ashland Nature Center.  John Jackson of the Stroud Water Research Center will present recent White Clay Creek Stream Watch data to project the creek’s future health.  Learn how we can protect this precious resource.  Coordinated by Delaware Nature Society and sponsored by White Clay Wild and Scenic Program with support from Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, National Park Service, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Stroud Water Research Center, UD Water Resources Agency, Delaware Water Resources Center, and the White Clay Watershed Association. RSVP (302) 239-2334 ext. 100 or via email ginger@delawarenaturesociety.org.  Directions: http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org


April 4-6, 2006: Getting both energy and water for the price of one: Colorado Water Resources Research Institute’s “Produced Water Workshop”, Fort Collins, CO.  Information: http://www.cwrri.colostate.edu. Anticipated audience: legislators, energy producers, water users, water supply planners, government agency staff, researchers, and industry representatives.


June 14-16, 2006: Annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic sections of the American Water Resources Association (NJ, NY, PA, DE and Philadelphia Sections), Montclair State University's New Jersey School of Conservation, Branchville NJ (near the PA/NJ/NY nexus).  Conference theme: "Stream Restoration and Protection in the Mid-Atlantic Region".  For information, visit http://awra.org/state/new_jersey/mac2006/.


August 6-11, 2006:  Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Madison, WI.  More information: http://www.mercury2006.org.




New Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library Dynamic Bibliographies. 

Complete list: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/dynamic.html showing effects of numerous best management practices on: Erosion and Sedimentation, Nitrogen, Pesticides, Phosphorus, and Fish and Wildlife.

General information: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/dynamic.html#about

Stream Restoration: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/dynamic.html#stream


New from USEPA:

1) Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters from EPA's Office of Water is a guide to watershed planning and management to help various organizations develop and implement watershed plans. Audience is communities, watershed groups, and local, state, tribal, and federal environmental agencies.  The 414-page handbook is intended to supplement existing watershed planning guides that have been developed by agencies, universities, and other nonprofit organizations. It’s more specific than other guides about quantifying existing pollutant loads, developing estimates of the load reductions required to meet water-quality standards, developing effective management measures, and tracking progress once the plan is implemented.  Find it online: http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/watershed_handbook or order a free copy from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications by calling 800-490-9198 or e-mail: ncepimal@one.net, mentioning EPA document number EPA 841-B-05-005.

 2) Three Management Measures Handbooks: Urban Area, Forestry, and Wetlands and Riparian Areas.  http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/categories.html.  These major technical documents discuss control of nonpoint source pollution. 

3) New Section 319 Success Stories:  http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/Success319/

4) Nonpoint Source News-Notes Issue #77, January 2006: http://www.epa.gov/newsnotes.  30 interesting timely news articles, helpful web sites and calendar.  Email lyris@lists.epa.gov if you wish to subscribe, with the following in the subject line or body of the message: subscribe news-notes [your name]

Note: Replace [your name] with your first and last names.


Sierra Club Student Coalition offers Summer Programs (SPROG) for Environmental Leadership Training.  Visit http://www.ssc.org.


Saturday, April 29, 2006: Free Boy Scout “Soil and Water Conservation” merit badge and teen Girl Scout “Eco-Action” interest project training programs.  See I.  above.

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