WATER E-NEWS Vol. 2
UD Water Resources Agency (WRA)
In this issue, on the web at
II. Student and Professional Opportunities in Water Resources;
III. Project funding and awards programs;
IV. New information sources in water resources;
V. Community Bulletin Board.
I. DWRC NEWS
The National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR) 2004 $250,000 National Competitive Grants RFP is now posted online.
(see III. Project Funding, below)
Over 160 registrants attended the Oct. 2 Delaware Water Policy Forum “Land Use Change and Water Quality” at the University of Delaware’s (UD's) Clayton Hall, co-sponsored by the Delaware Water Resources Center, the UD Institute for Public Administration’s Water Resources Agency, the Delaware Geological Survey, Center for Inland Bays, and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. For Forum highlights, see the upcoming Fall 2003 DWRC WATER NEWS, which will be posted on the DWRC site at http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/newsletters/fall2003.pdf. The Forum proceedings will be posted on the Water Resources Agency site at http://www.wr.udel.edu/publicservice/WaterForum03Home.html.
II. GRADUATE STUDENT, POST-DOC and PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Visit http://www.nwri-usa.org/ for National Water Research Institute fellowships supporting graduate research in water science and technology. NWRI prefers to award fellowships to doctoral candidates, but outstanding students in master programs have been selected in the past. Application deadline is Mar. 1 and notification July 1, annually.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (http://www.aaas.org) is accepting applications for fellowships for scientists and engineers to spend a year working on the staffs of members of Congress or congressional committees. See http://www.fellowships.aaas.org/2004.05_booklet.pdf.
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III. PROJECT FUNDING AND AWARDS
$250,000 WATER RESOURCES NATIONAL COMPETITIVE GRANTS
The National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR) National Competitive Grants RFP for 2004 is now posted at https://niwr.org/2004_104G_RFP. Successfully funded projects from 1996-2003 are now listed at http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/projects.html. The NIWR’s site at https://niwr.org/NIWR/ will open for RFP applications on
EPA Watershed Initiative Call for Watershed Nominations Deadline
IV. NEW WATER RESOURCES INFORMATION
Hurricane Isabel / Tropical Storm Henri sites:
From the News Journal: http:///www.delawareonline.com. Use “Hurricane Isabel” (with quotes) in Search box to retrieve articles.
USGS water news press releases and images: http://md.water.usgs.gov/publications/press_release/current/
Storm water information specific to the
Newly released reports:
From the EPA:
EPA’s new Security Product Guide is now available online, developed especially for drinking water and wastewater utilities to assist treatment plant operators and utility managers in reducing risks and providing protection against possible natural disasters and intentional terrorist attacks. It is a work in progress and will be updated regularly to ensure that the most recent information on security technologies is available. Check frequently for the latest updates at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/security.
“Analysis and Findings of the Gallup Organization's Drinking Water Customer Satisfaction Survey” http://www.epa.gov/safewater/consumer/pdf/survey_gallup_customersatification2003.pdf
Contaminated Sediments News (June and July 2003) http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/pc/csnews/issue38.htm and http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/pc/csnews/issue39.htm
Fact Sheet: Strategy for Water Quality Standards and Criteria: Setting
Priorities to Strengthen the Foundation for Protecting and Restoring the
Nation's Waters. http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/strategy/fs.htm
Fact Sheet: Water Quality Standards for Indian Country. http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/tribal/tribalfact.html
Irrigation Controllers: Timers for Home Owners. http://www.epa.gov/water/yearofcleanwater/docs/irrigation.pdf
Survey of States, Tribes, and Territories Nutrient Standards
Wastewater Technology Fact Sheet: The Living Machine. http://www.epa.gov/owmitnet/mtb/living_machine.pdf
Water Quality Trading Assessment Handbook: EPA Region 10's Guide to Analyzing Your Watershed. http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/OI.NSF/34090d07b77d50bd88256b79006529e8/6423
When Are Storm Water Discharges Regulated As Class V Wells? http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/sw_class_v_wells_fs.pdf
From USGS: Three Water Resources Investigations Reports.
“Ground-Water Contamination from Lead Shot at Prime Hook National
“Anaerobic Degradation of 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane and Association with Microbial Communities in a Freshwater Tidal Wetland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD: Laboratory Experiments and Comparisons to Field Data” http://sd.water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pubs/wrir/wrir02_4157.html;
“Development of Health-Based Screening Levels for Use in State- or Local-Scale Water-Quality Assessments” http://sd.water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pubs/wrir/wrir03_4054.html.
From the Sierra Club: “Where Rivers Are Born: The Scientific
Imperative for Defending Small Streams and Wetlands” available online at http://www.sierraclub.org/cleanwater/reports_factsheets/defending_streams.pdf.
With the future federal protection of small streams and wetlands in question,
the Sierra Club and
Other new helpful websites:
The EPA STORET national online warehouse of ambient water quality and biological monitoring data has been redesigned to allow users to download raw data in a delimited text file format that can easily be imported into standard analysis software (e.g., spreadsheets, GIS). To retrieve data from STORET, simply click the "Obtaining Water Quality Data" link at www.epa.gov/storet.
V. COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Volunteers Needed: for Inland Bays Septic Inspection and Compliance Cost-Share Program. If you live in the Inland Bays watershed, own a septic system that has not been pumped out in the last two years, and would like to participate in this cost-share program for septic system inspection and pump-out, please contact Brian Dotterer of the Ground Water Discharges Section in DNREC's Georgetown Office at (302) 856-4561. Approximately 21,000 on-site wastewater septic systems are in the Inland Bays watershed. The state requires septic systems to be inspected and pumped out every three years, which means 7000 systems per year. In 2002, only 5,126 septic systems were pumped out, and those pump-outs did not usually include an inspection.
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