Vol. 5 Issue 2   

March 2006

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

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


This month’s issue, at http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/newsletters/mar06.htm

I.  DWRC News: Internship Deadline Mar. 24;

II.  New water resources information; 

III.  Water announcements  / events

I.  DWRC News: 


Undergrad applicants and mentors/projects are needed for DWRC’s 2006-2007 internship program.

Deadline is next week (Fri. 3/24).  For information, visit:  http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs.html.




(Illustration) From new DNREC/DGS report: Depth to water table.


New technical report, poster, and GIS-ready maps from Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) depicting characteristics of the water table:  This recently completed 2 ½ year project provides depth to the water table information that is valuable in many engineering, hydrogeologic, and environmental management and regulatory decisions.   Depth to water and elevation grids with 30-meter horizontal and 1-foot vertical resolution under dry, normal, and wet conditions are now available for download.  The report and poster, as well as grids covering Sussex County published as DGS Digital Product DP05-01, can be downloaded from http://www.udel.edu/dgs/pubform.html.  Grids covering Kent and New Castle Counties are in final draft form; download these from www.udel.edu/dgs/ftp/wtmap.  These grids will be published as digital products in the near future.  For print copies of the report and poster or more information, contact the DGS at (302) 831-2833, delgeosurvey@udel.edu).

(Contributed by Scott Andres, DGS)


Register and post information about your water resources organization on the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary's online discussion board new forums: "Upcoming Events" and "Outreach and Education Programs."  Visit these forums on their website:




Watershed hydrologist joins UD faculty:  Dr. Shreeram Inamdar (inamdar@UDel.Edu, (302) 831-8877) is a new Bioresources Engineering faculty member in the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  His research interests include identifying watershed hydrologic flow paths; the impact of riparian and wetland ecosystems; contaminants transport and fate; and modeling hydrologic and water quality.

Two presentations on the beauty of the White Clay Watershed: 

Please RSVP (302) 239-2334 ext. 100 or email ginger@delawarenaturesociety.org.  For information, visit http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/edu/white_clay_seminars.pdf.   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 (DNREC), 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.

1) 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.  For directions to the Ashland Nature Center, visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org.

2) (NEW) Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006: Free lecture Healing a Wounded Stream: Pike Creek Restoration”, 6 pm for Pike Creek Restoration Tour (limited to first 30 registrants) and 7 pm lecture with refreshments, Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Pike Creek Valley’s rapid suburbanization in the last 30 years has endangered the stream’s health and become problematic for surrounding properties and infrastructure.  Learn from DNREC’s project manager Steve Williams’ program on a recent restoration project of Pike Creek in the Wild and Scenic White Clay Watershed how we can bring healing to streams in our  landscape.  Ebenezer United Methodist Church is located at 525 Polly Drummond Road, 0.75 miles south of the intersection with Paper Mill Road.


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.


May 5-8, 2006: River Network’s River Rally 2006, Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH.  Join watershed organizers, agency representatives, volunteers, and staff and board members of river, watershed and tribal groups and choose from nearly 100 different workshops.  For information, visit http://www.rivernetwork.org/rally.


From the American Water Resources Association (AWRA):

May 6-10, 2006: AWRA Conference: “GIS in Water Resources IV”, Houston TX.  Visit: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Houston2006/index.html

May 15, 2006: Call for abstracts for Nov. 6-9, 2006 AWRA National Conference, Baltimore, MD.  For proposed topics, online registration, and more, visit http://www.awra.org/meetings/Baltimore2006/

June 14-16, 2006: Annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic sections of the AWRA (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/.


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