Vol. 3 Issue 3   

October 2004

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/oct04.htm :


I.   Four free public Oct. – Nov. Delaware Water Resources Seminars – Field Trips    

II.  Water Resources Professional Opportunities   

III. April 14, 2005 White Clay Creek Symposium



Details are below.

A.* Sussex Cons. District Stormwater Pond Maintenance Workshops 10/20, 10/28, 10/30

B.* Soc. Of Nat. History of DE Field Trip “Water Retention Basins” Newark 11/6

C.* City of Newark / DE Nature Society co-sponsored “Watershed 101” Newark 11/6

D.* Annual Meeting of the Christina Conservancy Newark 11/9


A.  Workshop Scheduled for Stormwater Pond Maintenance:  Stormwater ponds — both wet and dry ponds — act as temporary holding basins to prevent flooding, remove pollutants, and settle suspended sediments transported by stormwater.  These ponds can add to the aesthetics of a community, and homeowners often pay a premium to be close to these man-made waterfront sites.  The task of maintaining stormwater ponds falls on the property owner, either individuals or homeowners’ associations.   Some seek professional support, while others, particularly those with dry ponds, choose to manage them on their own.  Others may not even be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance.


The Sussex Conservation District in collaboration with the Delaware NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) Program, is hosting a workshop to aid property owners in maintaining their stormwater ponds . The two-hour workshop is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. 


Choose from three locations and times:

Wed. Oct. 20, 7 - 9 p.m., Cheer Community Center on Route 9 in Georgetown;

Thurs. Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Roxana Fire Hall on Route 20 in Roxana; and

Sat. Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, UD College of Marine Studies Cannon Lab Room 104, Pilottown Road, Lewes.


For questions or to obtain additional information, please contact Joe Farrell, University of Delaware, 645-4250 jfarrell@udel.edu or Jessica Watson, Sussex Conservation District, at 856-7219  Jessica.Watson@state.de.us.

B. Society of Natural History of Delaware Field Trip “Water Retention Basins: Flood Protection or Headaches” Sat. Nov. 6, 9 am.  Meet at the parking lot on the west end of the Newark Municipal Building 220 Elkton Road, Newark.  Reserve your place by calling Al Matlack, 302-239-5383.  This trip will be led by a Newark city engineer and will include water retention basins of varying designs, highlighting their value during this year’s floods, their importance as homes for native plants, and their vulnerability to people who would use them as a dump.  The Society’s field trips normally take 2-4 hours.


C. City of Newark / Delaware Nature Society “Watershed 101 Class: Protecting Our Water -- Who’s Got the Power?” Sat. Nov. 6, 9 am to noon, City of Newark City Hall Council Chambers, 220 Elkton Road, Newark.   You’ve got the power to help make a difference in your watershed!  Learn about the factors affecting the health of local streams and what you can do to help reduce pollution impacts.  Every little bit helps, from recycling to planting trees.  Also learn about the ecological impacts of urban stormwater.  Contact Kelley Dinsmore, Stormwater Program Coordinator, at kdinsmore@newark.de.us 302-366-7040 to register or for more information.  The class size is limited to the first 50 interested individuals, so sign up now to reserve your space. 


D. Annual Meeting of the Christina Conservancy Tues. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Offices of Artesian Water Company, 664 Churchmans Road, Newark.  Guest speaker will be Robert B. Lonsdorf, Senior Planner for Watersheds and Biodiversity, Brandywine Conservancy.  He is currently project manager for The Resource Prioritization Project for Kennett Township and leading staff writing a River Conservation Plan for the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine, and a Feasibility Study for Restoring American Shad to the Brandywine.  He is also a member of the White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Management Committee.



Job Announcement: Director of Water Resources Center and Minnesota River Board and Assistant or Associate Professor (Aquatic Biology): The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato is taking applications for a 5-year renewable term faculty position with priority given to applications received on or before

November 15, 2004.  Please refer to requirements of the position and application instructions in the Notice of Vacancy available at: http://www.mnsu.edu/dept/AffAct/MSU-VAC_NOT/BiologyWaterResources.htm or at http://www.mnsu.edu  (link to "Employment at MSU"). Minnesota State University, Mankato is an AA/EOE and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.



Apr. 14, 2005: White Clay Creek Watershed Management Committee White Clay Creek Symposium, all day event exploring opportunities and responsibilities in the watershed of this National Wild and Scenic River, at UD Clayton Hall.  Keynote address "The Livable Landscape" by nationally known conservation author/photographer Rick Darke.  For information contact Linda Stapleford, 302-731-1756, lstaplef@msn.com.  Visit http://www.whiteclay.org/.



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