Delaware Water Resources Center

WATER E-NEWS Vol. 1 Issue 2 Sept. 2002

 

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

director, Delaware Water Resources Center:

 

Click on the links, or look below, for details for these 13 news items on topics including: water resources professional organizations, upcoming conferences, grant programs, job opportunities and new publications / information sources.

 

*1. UD is now one of over 50 member universities in the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). See below and http://www.cuahsi.org

 

*2. EPA Technical Transfer Conference "Emerging Technologies, Tools, and Techniques to Manage Our Coasts in the 21st Century" January 28-31, 2003 Cocoa Beach, FL. Call for papers due Sept. 27, 2002. For conference info, visit http://www.tech-transfer-conference.com  For Call for Papers info, visit http://www.tech-transfer-conference.com/CFP.html.  No further details below.

 

*3. World Watershed Summit Oct 30-Nov. 1, 2002,  Washington DC.  For program, visit http://www.yearofcleanwater.org/  and click on events/ national. No further details below.

 

*4. Water Environment Federation TDML Science and Policy Conference, Phoenix AR Nov. 13-l6, 2002 Details: http://www.wef.org/conferences  No further details below.

 

*5. ICGRHWE international conference scheduled Sep. 16-19 *2003* in China. Info: http://www.hydroinfor.zsu.edu.cn Details below.

 

*6. Twenty-seven $17,500 Graduate Research Fellowships available from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System: apply by Nov. 1.  For funding priorities, selection criteria, and application procedures, see details below and: http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/grf/welcome.html

 

*7. New EPA grant program "Watershed Initiative": nominations due Nov. 21. Info, see below and: http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-21196

and http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiative

 

*8. Job announcement: Two Tenure Track Water Faculty Positions in Colorado State University Dept. of Civil Engineering, at the assistant or associate professor level in hydrology, hydraulics, and in water resources. For job requirements, qualifications, application procedures, salary and close/start date visit: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs/Pro.htm.  For dept. and academic programs info visit http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ce. No further details below.

 

*9. Job announcement: EPA Region 6 (TX, NM, OK, AR, LA) Extension Program Specialist - Environmental Quality (EPA Liaison -- Southern Region Water Quality Coordination Project). Details: http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/jobs/Pro.htm. No details below.

 

*10. Nutrient Best Management Practices booklet available for DE Farmers, online at http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/nutrients/bmp.htm or request by phone.  Details below.

 

*11. .  New USGS publication "Concepts for National Assessment of Water Availability and Use” has been released in response to a directive from Congress and is available online at: http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/circ1223/  Free copies of the report may be obtained by writing to the USGS, Branch of Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225-0286.  For brief information about the report contents, visit http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/publications/USGScirc1223.htm. No details below.

 

*12. Available from EPA: "National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution From Urban Areas".  Request for Comments by Dec. 9, 2002.  For complete text visit http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps or email or call Rod Frederick:  Frederick.Rod@epa.gov , (202) 566-1197. Please FAX or email any comments to Rod by Dec. 9, 2002 at (202)566-1331 or above email.  Details below.

 

*13. Two new items from the Nat. Ag. Library Water Quality Information Center, details below:

        - bibliography "Water Allocation and Drought (II)", online at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/drought2.html .

        - webpage with links to Spanish Language Information about Water Resources; visit  http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Spanish.html

 

Details for above:

1.  The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) (www.cuahsi.org) was incorporated on June 25, 2001 to foster the advancement of hydrologic science in the United States.  The University of Delaware has just joined this organization and is one of over 50 member universities.  Perhaps the defining theme of CUAHSI is the establishment of long-term hydrologic observatories.  At these

observatories data from multiple media (atmosphere, groundwater, soil water, surface water, etc.) will be collected over long time periods and at a sufficient number of locations to test important hypotheses about hydrologic processes.  A complete description of the objectives and current status of CUAHSI may be found at

http://www.cuahsi.org.  Dr. Paul T. Imhoff  (Dept. of Civil & Environmental Eng.) and Dr. James E. Pizzuto (Dept. of Geology) are the current UD faculty representative and alternate, respectively.  CUAHSI President Dr. Marshall Moss may be reached at: phone: 520-797-2813 email: memoss@worldnet.att.net

 

5. The International Conference of GIS and Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Water Resources and Environment(ICGRHWE) will be held at Three Gorges Dam construction site, China from September 16 to 19, 2003. The Ministry of Water Resources of China, the International Association of Hydrologic Science, and more than 10 international and national organizations will sponsor this conference. The Topics include Hydrology, Water Resources, Environment, GIS and Remote Sensing, and Development of Yangtze River and Three Gorges Project, which cover most of the areas of Hydrology, Water Resources and Environment.  For details: http://www.hydroinfor.zsu.edu.cn.

 

6.  Fellowships:  The Estuarine Reserves Division of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC), is soliciting applications for an anticipated 27 graduate fellowships funded within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Fellowships will be competitively awarded to qualified graduate students whose research occurs within the boundaries of at least one reserve. Minority students are encouraged to apply. The amount of the fellowship is $17,500; at least 30% of total project cost match is required by the applicant. Applicants may apply for between one and three years of funding. Fellowships will start June 1, 2003. A later start date may be requested with justification and will be reviewed by ERD for approval.  DATES: Applications must be postmarked no later than November 1,

2002.  Notification regarding the awarding of fellowships will be issued on or about March 1, 2003.  ADDRESSES: Erica Seiden, program coordinator, NOAA/Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, SSMC4, 11616 Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Attn: NERRS GRF. Ph: 301-713-3155 x. 172

Fax: 301-713-4363, email: erica.seiden@noaa.gov. Web page:

http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/grf/welcome.html

 

7. EPA Watershed Initiative Grants: Call for Nominations.  EPA is launching a new grant program to encourage the protection and restoration of our country's water bodies through the use of watershed approaches. The President's fiscal year (FY) 2003 budget, which is now before Congress, incorporates a request for $21 million for this Watershed Initiative. Subject to the availability of appropriations for this purpose, EPA plans to select through a competitive process up to 20 watersheds throughout the country for grants to support promising watershed-based approaches to clean water. This notice sets forth the process that will be used for selecting the watersheds and serves as the call for nominations from Governors and Tribal Leaders, which must be postmarked and received electronically by EPA on or before November 21, 2002.  CONTACT: Carol Peterson, telephone: 202-566-1304; e-mail: peterson.carol@epa.gov.  For addresses and detailed instructions visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-21196

Additional information and any updated guidance will be posted on the Watershed Initiative website: http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiative

 

10.  Nutrient Best Management Practices booklets : The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission (DNMC) is currently distributing these providing a list and description of fifty-three different best management practices (BMPs).  The BMPs help protect the environment and maintain profitable agriculture.  The booklet is available online at: http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/nutrients/bmp.htm, or please contact one of the following offices to receive a copy. Delaware Nutrient Management (302) 698-4500; New Castle Conservation District  (302) 832-3100; Kent Conservation District (302) 730-4000; or  Sussex Conservation District (302) 856-3990.

 

12.  EPA Guidance “National Management Measures to Control

Nonpoint Source Pollution From Urban Areas”: EPA is requesting comment on draft guidance for the prevention and control of urban runoff. This technical guidance was written to provide technical assistance to State and local elected officials and agencies, landowners, developers, environmental and conservation groups, and watershed practitioners on the best available, most economically achievable means of reducing nonpoint source pollution from urban sources. The guidance is not a regulation and it does not impose legally binding requirements on EPA, States, Territories, authorized Tribes, or the public.  The guidance is organized from a watershed perspective and was written to cover all phases of runoff management from planning and development to program evaluation. The guidance provides up-to-date effectiveness and cost information on management practices, literature citations, internet links to additional information and case studies from across the country. Reviewers should note that the draft technical guidance is consistent with the Guidance Specifying Management Measures for Sources of Nonpoint Pollution in Coastal Waters (EPA 840-B-92-002), published in January 1993 under the authority of section 6217(g) of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of1990 (CZARA). The draft document does not supplant or replace the 1993 document, but provides an expanded framework for addressing urban runoff. The guidance was written to apply to both coastal and inland areas and contains updated technical information that has become available since the 1993 guidance was published. The guidance is not intended to be used as a basis to review and approve either CZARA section 6217 or Clean Water Act section 319 State nonpoint source management programs. However, EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) encourage use of the revised guidance in the development and revision of Tribal, State and local programs to address urban runoff/storm water. The draft guidance revises several of the management measures published in 1993 due to the availability

of new information and evolving management approaches. In addition, four new management measures have been added to provide information on developing and implementing a comprehensive runoff management program.

    EPA will consider comments on this draft guidance and will

then issue final guidance. See above for contact.

 

13. The Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library has compiled a new bibliography titled "Water Allocation and Drought (II)."  The bibliography is available at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/drought2.html. Other drought-related resources from the center include an earlier version of the bibliography, "Drought and Water Allocation," available at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/drought.htm and a "Drought and Weather" Web page at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/drought.html . The library has recently created a Web page with annotated links in Spanish titled "Información en Español Sobre Agua" (Spanish Language Information about Water Resources).  The URL for the page is http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Spanish.html