WATER E-NEWS   Vol. 6  Issue 1  February 2007

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/feb07.htm:

 

I.    DWRC News: Mentors / Projects Needed; Poster Session

II.   Jobs in Water Resources: DWRC 2007-2008 Internships – Mar. 23 deadline

III. Upcoming Water Conferences / Events: Feb. 20 deadline for open space workshop 

IV. New Water Resources Information and Training: New Databases Available

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I.  DWRC NEWS

 

Mentors and Projects Needed: 2007-2008 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 ’07) may apply through Mar. 23 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. 29, 2008, contact Maria Pautler at (302) 831-0847 or mpautler@udel.edu.

 

Friday, Apr. 20, 2007: Free DWRC 2007-2008 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.

 

 

II. JOBS IN WATER RESOURCES

 

2007-2008 Delaware Water Resources Center undergraduate internships.  See I above.

 

 

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 and Earth 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.

 

 

III. UPCOMING WATER CONFERENCES / EVENTS

 

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007: Free assistance for residents to manage community open space, “Community Spaces, Natural Places,” 10 am-12:15 pm (Snow date: Mar. 10), The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Rd., Newark, DE. The White Clay Creek National Wild and Scenic River Program, with the National Park Service and the Delaware Coastal Programs, are offering a free workshop on open space management. Learn from experts and local case studies how you can save your community time and money. Learn how to eliminate the cost of mowing and maintaining turf grass, create an attractive community amenity, help protect drinking water supply, restore wildlife habitat, and reduce the spread of invasive plants, and receive financial and technical support .The workshop focus is Delaware’s White Clay Creek Watershed communities, but anyone may attend. Funded in part through a grant from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Delaware Coastal Management Program with financial support from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Additional funding is provided by the National Park Service Wild and Scenic Rivers System. See www.whiteclay.org for details. REGISTER BY FEB. 20. Contact Linda Stapleford, 302-731-1756, riveradministrator@whiteclay.org.

 

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

 

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2007: Free lecture, “Brandywine Creek – Protecting a Natural Legacy," 7:00 pm, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE. Discover the unique natural beauty and rich history of the Brandywine from Bob Struble of the Brandywine Valley Association. Hear about the importance of the Brandywine as a source of drinking water from Colleen Arnold of the City of Wilmington Public Works and Chuck Hertz of Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. Learn how the watershed can be protected by expansion of the urban tree canopy from Gary Schwetz, Delaware Center for Horticulture. Coordinated by the Delaware Nature Society and sponsored by Brandywine Valley Association, Brandywine Conservancy, City of Wilmington Dept. of Public Works, and the Delaware Water Resources Center with support from the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. RSVP 302-239-2334, ext. 100 or via email ginger@delawarenaturesociety.org.  Directions: http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org

 

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2007: Free “Master Well Owner Network Training Workshop” for private well owners, 9 am to 4 pm, Delaware State University, Dover, DE. This workshop will train you on various aspects of water quality, source water protection, and proper well construction and maintenance. Topics covered by the workshop include: private water system basics, proper well location and construction, wellhead protection and land use impacts, spring and cisterns, drinking water standards, water testing and interpretation, water treatment, and water conservation. For more information, visit http://mwon.cas.psu.edu/ or contact Dr. Dennis McIntosh, 302-857-6456, dmcintosh@desu.edu.

 

Mar. 26-28, 2007: NWRA Federal Water Seminar. Washington, DC. For more information visit

http://www.nwra.org/meetings.cfm.

 

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2007: Free lecture, “Brandywine Creek: A Culture of Conservation," 7:00 pm, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Brandywine Conservancy, Chadds Ford, PA. Take a virtual tour of the picturesque waterway with Bob Struble of the Brandywine Valley Association. Learn more about the rich legacy of preservation in the watershed and what it means to those who live there by Robert Lonsdorf of the Brandywine Conservancy. Find out how you can help support these efforts. Coordinated by the Delaware Nature Society and sponsored by Brandywine Valley Association, Brandywine Conservancy, City of Wilmington Dept. of Public Works, and the Delaware Water Resources Center with support from the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. RSVP (302) 239-2334, ext. 100 or via email ginger@delawarenaturesociety.org. Directions: http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org

 

May 18-22, 2007: River Networks 2007 National River Rally. Stevenson, Washington. For more information visit www.rivernetwork.org/rally.

 

Jun. 24-28, 2007: AWWA 125th Annual Conference & Exposition: Explore the Future of Safe Water at World’s Water Event. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information and/or to register visit http://www.awwa.org/ace07/.

 

Sep. 19-21, 2007: Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Sections of the AWRA (DE, NJ, PA and Philadelphia), “Green Opportunities for a Blue Resource: An Economic Perspective,” Newark, Delaware. For the conference announcement and call for sponsors visit www.deawra.org.

 

 

IV.   NEW WATER RESOURCES INFORMATION AND TRAINING

 

Water Related Databases on the Web: As Outputs of the Southern Regional Coordination Water Program Project, Alabama has created three nationally relevant Water Resource Web Databases. 
 
1) Glossary of 9923 Water Related Terms. Indexed alphabetically and searchable by key word(s) or phrases: http://www.aces.edu/waterquality/glossary/glossary.htm  
 
2) 2252 Water Related Web Links. Indexed by national themes and 105 sub-topics under five categories and searchable by key word(s) or phrases: http://www.aces.edu/waterquality/links/links.htm   
 
3) 3803 Questions and Answers (FAQs). Indexed by national themes and 105 Sub-topics and searchable by key word(s) and phrases: http://www.aces.edu/waterquality/faq/faq.htm  

The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program announces the availability USGS Fact Sheet (2006-3101), Data Delivery and Mapping Over the Web-National Water Quality Assessment Data Warehouse (accessible at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3101/.) NAWQA's Data Warehouse integrates data (more than 11 million records) on water quality, ecology, and hydrology across the Nation, providing one of the largest nationally consistent on-line collections of water-quality data and associated information that is available (accessible at:  http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/data). It contains and links, for example, information on: chemical concentrations in water, sediment, and aquatic-organism tissues and related quality-control data for 2,000 chemicals from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS); biological community data for about 16,000 algae, fish and invertebrate samples; 8,000 stream sites, 8,000 wells, and associated site and basin information; and daily streamflow and temperature information from NWIS for selected sampling sites. For questions about the NAWQA Data Warehouse, contact Sandy Williamson, Project Chief, NAWQA Data Synthesis: 253-552-1683, akwill@usgs.gov. For printed copies of the Fact Sheet, contact Carise Barbour: 703-648-5716, cbarbour@usgs.gov.

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

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