WATER E-NEWS    Vol. 4 Issue 1     March 2005

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

UD Water Resources Agency (WRA)



In this month’s issue, online at



I.   DWRC News: Water Resources News: DWRC internships and more,

White Clay Conference, and AWRA news;

II.  Upcoming conferences;

III.   New information source in water resources


I.  DWRC Water Resources News: DWRC internships and more, White Clay Conference, and AWRA news.


Two weeks remain for undergraduates to apply for $3500 2005-2006 DWRC internships; the deadline is Fri. Mar. 25, 2005.

See photos of some of this year's interns and program details in the recent UDaily article:


For the brochure, application form, more photos and project titles in a summary of projects 2000-2005, visit:


Questions? Contact DWRC program coordinator Amy Boyd, aboyd@udel.edu (302) 738-6779.


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


"Water and our Changing Landscape: Perspectives from the Wild and Scenic White Clay Creek Watershed" is a day-long symposium taking place April 14th, 2005 at Clayton Hall, University of Delaware.  The program will explore impact of land management on our streams and drinking water supplies and offer tools to minimize the negative impacts within the White Clay Creek watershed and other watersheds in our region. Interested participants may include decision-makers, citizens, gardeners, recreational users, local historians, and students.  Noted consultant, author, and photographer Rick Darke’s artistic slide presentation will relate our region’s landscape to watershed conservation in the keynote address, “The Livable Landscape”.  Dr. Bernard Sweeney, Executive Director of the world-renowned Stroud Water Research Center, will present the historic and

scientific perspectives on the changing landscape’s impacts to water quality.  Both are gifted presenters that are knowledgeable in their fields but have a speaking style that is interesting and easy to understand. Additional presentations by the National Park Service and the White Clay Creek Watershed Management Committee will provide a national viewpoint on the White Clay’s National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation and feature local accomplishments to date. Finally, a panel of government, engineering, and non-profit representatives will discuss stormwater policy and management techniques that will allow municipalities, businesses, and homeowners to effectively respond to increased watershed development.


The $10 registration fee includes the luncheon and a chance to win free landscape plants. The symposium is hosted by the White Clay Creek Watershed Management Committee, which oversees the National Wild and Scenic River program for the White Clay, and the National Park Service and White Clay Watershed Association.  Co-sponsors include the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration Water Resources Agency, Delaware Water Resources Center at the University of Delaware, Delaware Division of Water Resources, Delaware Department of Transportation, Chester County Conservation District, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and United Water Delaware and Bethel. Other contributors include Artesian Water Company, City of Newark, Delaware Nature Society, Kennett Township, New Castle County Conservation District, and Stroud Water Research Center.


Visit http://www.whiteclay.org to register.  For information contact Linda Stapleford, 302-731-1756, 

lstaplef@msn.com, riveradministrator@whiteclay.org.


AWRA DE Section:  The newly forming Delaware section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA,http://www.awra.org) has met and established bylaws approved on Feb. 3rd.  The next meeting will be Thursday, April 28th, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the University of Delaware.  The specific meeting room has not been determined, but a notice will be sent out prior to the meeting.  All are welcome.  Contact Martha B. Corrozi, Watershed Analyst, Institute for Public

Administration, University of Delaware, DGS Annex, Newark DE 19716, mcorrozi@udel.edu, 302-831-4931 to be added to the mailing list and for AWRA Delaware information.




Web conferencing:  Free Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUASHI) cyberseminars are offered for spring 2005.  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/cyberseminars/current.html for further details.


3/31/05 Deadline for abstracts and workshop proposals submitted for the National Water Research Symposium - "Balancing Water Law and Science" to be held October 10-12, 2005 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. For information, visit http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu.


04/14/05 (See above.) White Clay Creek day-long Symposium, U. of Delaware Clayton Hall.


05/26/05 "Water Festival 2005" Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, DE.  Interactive booths and monetary contributions to offset costs are needed; contact Michelle Kutch immediately at 302-831-3137, 302-831-1473, or email mkutch@udel.edu.  This cooperative endeavor of the Brandywine School District, University of Delaware, and Delaware Department of Natural Resources, and numerous other conservation organizations and agencies is open to all 7th grade teachers and students participating in the statewide watershed curriculum in Brandywine School District. The daylong event, scheduled for between 8:45 AM and 1:30 PM, is offered in the spirit of enhancing, celebrating and culminating students’ awareness and appreciation of Delaware’s watersheds and water resources. Set-up time is between 8:00am and 8:30 am.  Small student groups will be arriving at 8:45am and begin rotations at 9:00am.  They will spend approximately 10-15 minutes at your station.  The last student group should be moving through your station at 1:30pm.  Please have an interactive component to your display.  Students should be asked questions about your field and how it relates to Delaware Watersheds.  No electricity is available at the site but a 6 foot table, with covering, 2 chairs will be provided.  Complementary Boxed lunches will be available.  A map

and parking passes will be mailed approximately a week before the event.  This year’s festival goals are to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of Delaware Watershed issues in their own community and influence students’, chaperones’ and teachers’ behaviors to protect and conserve their water resources.


07/19-22/05 "Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological, and Economic Challenges":  9th Watershed Management Conference, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Williamsburg, VA.  Held every 5 years since 1965; 2005's focuses on the East Coast.  Local point of contact is Dr. William Ritter (william.ritter@udel.edu). For details, visit





The following is from USGS Weekly Highlights for February 21-25, 2005:

Does the United States have Enough Water? The short answer is nobody really knows.  According to a just released government report, scientists do not have a clear picture of how much fresh water is available.  Monitoring and assessment of water storage and flow in rivers, lakes, snow packs, soil, and aquifers is incomplete.  The report, "Science and Technology to Support Fresh Water Availability in the United States" was released to the public on February 14.  It was prepared by the

Office of Science and Technology Policy, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, co-chaired by USGS Associate Director for Water, Robert Hirsch.  The report reflects input from water research and technology directors from about a dozen federal agencies.  To obtain a copy of the report go to

http://www.ostp.gov/NSTC/html/recentnstcdocs.html and click on "Science and Technology to Support Fresh Water Availability" or go directly to http://www.ostp.gov/NSTC/html/swaqreport_2-1-05.pdf.


The Water Quality Information Center's listing of water-related conferences and calls for papers was recently updated.  The listing is at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/meetings.html.


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