Delaware Water Resources Center

WATER E-NEWS Vol. 1 Issue 3 Oct. 2002


To colleagues in the water resources community, from Tom Sims,

director, Delaware Water Resources Center. 


Welcome to newcomers now receiving this water resources monthly e-newsletter.  Those interested in joining this originally UD-faculty based listserv are invited to contact Amy Boyd at  Send us *your* water resources news, and we will make every attempt to publish these in future e-newsletters, postings on the DWRC site at and in our spring/fall publication, WATER NEWS.


OCTOBER WATER RESOURCES NEWS consists of 6 news items with links regarding National Water Quality Monitoring Day, upcoming conferences, and new sources of helpful information and training.  


1) FLASH: In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Clean Water Act, Friday, October 18, 2002 has been designated national “Water Quality Monitoring Day”.  Details:   For test kits visit:  For info on other nationwide USGS National Water Monitoring Day activities, visit


2) New Website:  USGS point-and-click “WaterWatch” is found at providing instantaneous data on the entire nation’s current streamflow conditions in near real time. High flood-flows and low drought-flows are depicted on maps with color-coded representing conditions at about 3,000 streamgages. For more information on the variety of information available on the site, visit:


3) Conference: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) annual conference Nov. 3-7, Philadelphia PA.  60 poster sessions, 75 sessions, 3 area field trips, 5K fun run, career night, etc. Details / online registration:


4) Other conference reminders:

*  Call for papers deadline is Oct. 15 for the joint UCOWR/NIWR/ASCE-EWRI Conference "Water Security in the 21st Century" Jul. 30 - Aug. 1, 2003, Washington D.C.  Details:


*  Also:  Oct. 21-23: DNREC Delaware Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater “Race for Clean Water” Conference, Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center.  Details:


5) USGS Findings:  Six articles highlighting findings from the first decade of studies conducted by the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) are found in the AWRA’s “IMPACT” (July 2002, Vol.4, No.4) online at (caution: large 3MB .pdf file), or print version in limited numbers available from Articles include:

  *Assessing the Quality of the Nation's Water Resources

  *Water-Quality Patterns in Some of the Nation's Major River Basins and Aquifers

  *A National Look at Water Quality

  *Assessing Five National Priorities in Water Resources

  *Changes in Water Quality Over Time

  *Estimating Water-Quality Conditions in Unmonitored Water Resources


6) Free Nutrient Management classes: UD NM certification class schedule and details for Fall/Winter is found at:  Delaware Nutrient Management Commission info may be found online at