WATER E-NEWS    Vol. 2 Issue 3   September 2003

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

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

 

In this issue:

I.   DWRC News: Statewide Water Forum Oct.2;  II.  Job Opportunities in Water Resources;

III. Project funding and awards programs;           IV. Upcoming seminars and conferences;

V.   New information and training sources in water resources.

 

I. DWRC NEWS: Statewide Water Forum Oct.2

The public is welcomed to attend the statewide 2003 Delaware Water Policy Forum “Land Use Change and Water Quality” to be held Thurs. Oct. 2, 2003, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the University of Delaware’s (UD’s) Clayton Hall, Newark, with pending video link to the UD Virden Center, Lewes.  Invited speakers and panelists from government, private sector, and academia will discuss the status of and challenges to Delaware’s water quality in its relationship with land use; an open discussion is included for all participants.  The $15 fee (free to students and over age 65) payable at the door includes registration, refreshments, and buffet lunch with keynote speaker Lee Ann Walling, Deputy Director/Special Advisor to Governor Minner, Delaware Economic Development Office.  Advance registration is required by Sept. 30 by contacting Ruth Fallis at rfallis@udel.edu, (302) 831-4925, or fax (302) 831-4934 with name, organization/title, address, and email address.  Cosponsors are the Delaware Water Resources Center (DWRC), UD Institute for Public Administration (IPA) Water Resources Agency, Delaware Geological Survey, Center for Inland Bays, and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).  For forum brochure and maps, visit: http://www.wr.udel.edu/publicservice/WaterForum03Home.html.

 

II. GRADUATE STUDENT, POST-DOC and PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Two graduate research assistantships (one PhD., one M.S.) are available from a collaboration of University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USDA-ARS, University Park, PA, and the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, starting spring semester 2004 for studies on drainage ditch management to mitigate nutrient loss from agro-ecosystems. See http://www.sawgal.umd.edu/DrainageDitches/ for more information.

 

A directory of available water resources related graduate programs is maintained online by Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) for its member institutions, listing schools and contact persons by state as of Fall 2002.  See http://www.uwin.siu.edu/ucowr/grad/list.html.

 

The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers new Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships awarded on a competitive basis.  Visit http://www.orau.gov/dhsed/; new information and 2004 application forms will appear there October 1, 2003, with a deadline of December 5, 2003.

 

USDA lists several student, post-doc, and professional job vacancies nationwide for Agriculture Research Service (ARS), Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/jobs/index.htm, including a link to the U.S. government jobs clearinghouse “USAjobs” site at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/.  An example is a position for an Ecologist, Soil Scientist, Agricultural Engineer with closing date of Sept. 30, 2003, seen at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd/vacancy/resjobs/X3W-3358.HTM.


III. PROJECT FUNDING AND AWARDS

 

USEPA’s Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection, developed by an Office of Water Finance Work group with representatives from staff in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Wastewater Management, and Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, is now updated and online at http://www.epa.gov/watershedfunding.

 

Nominations for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water are due Oct. 30, 2003.  Prizes in five categories are valued at approximately $130,000 each.  For details, visit http://www.psipw.org/.

 

IV.  SEMINARS / CONFERENCES

 

Thurs. Oct. 2, 2003: Delaware Water Policy Forum, UD Newark (Lewes video link, pending) (see I. DWRC NEWS, above). http://www.wr.udel.edu/publicservice/WaterForum03Home.html.

 

Oct. 20-23: 3rd National Conference on Nonpoint Source Pollution Information and Education Programs, Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.  Cosponsored by Chicago Botanic Garden and USEPA.  Target audiences include nonpoint source, watershed, and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program staff at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as environmental service groups that may work with education programs.  For conference details, see http://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/conference/nonpoint.

 

Oct. 29-30: “Getting It Done:  The Role of TMDL Implementation in Watershed Restoration”, Stevenson, WA; pre-conference TMDL Tutorial Workshop Oct. 28. The conference website is http://www.swwrc.wsu.edu/conference2003 .  Poster applications deadline is Sept. 15, 2003.

 

Nov. 2-4: Water Environment Federation (WEF) Specialty Conference discussing new CAFO options “Animal Residuals 2003 Conference”, Arlington, VA. http://www.wef.org/conferences/.

 

Nov. 3-6: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Water Resources Conference, San Diego, CA.  Visit http://www.awra.org/meetings/California2003/index.html.  For information on abstract submission / review, contact Patricia Reid, (540)687-8390; Fax (540)687-8395, or email: pat@awra.org.

 

Nov. 8-12: American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) Total Maximum Daily Load  Conference, Albuquerque, NM.  Visit http://www.asae.org/meetings/tmdl03/tmdlcall.html.

 

Nov. 19-20: “The Neuse River Basin: Five Years of Progress” Conference, New Bern, NC. Learn about successful water quality programs in North Carolina's Neuse River Basin designed to reduce nutrient impacts from agriculture, urban stormwater, and point source discharges.  Speakers and poster presenters will describe the results of innovative regulatory, education, technical assistance, and financial support programs implemented to meet a state-mandated 30% reduction in nitrogen loading to the Neuse Estuary.  Participants will include citizen organizations, universities, consultants, businesses, landowners, and local, state, and federal government agencies.  Visit http://www.soil.ncsu.edu/swetc/neuse/neuse.htm.


2004  SEMINARS / CONFERENCES:

Jan. 11-15, 2004: USDA-CSREES National Water Quality Program Conference “Integrating Research, Extension, and Education” Clearwater, FL.  Visit http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/wq/.  Deadline for oral or poster presentation abstracts is September 8, 2003. The conference will provide opportunities for water quality professionals engaged in research, extension, and education to share knowledge and ideas, to identify and update emerging issues, and to network with the CSREES National Water Quality Program. State water quality coordinators will learn the latest information about water quality issues in other states and at the federal level.

 

Apr. 26-28, 2004: “Coastal Environment 2004” 5th International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions, Alicante, Spain.  Abstracts due Oct. 31, 2003.  For information visit http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/coastalenvironment2004/1.html

 

May 17-20, 2004: 4th National Monitoring “Building and Sustaining Successful Monitoring Programs” Chattanooga, TN.  Sponsored by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) and member organizations.  To submit an oral or poster presentation abstract, or for more details, visit www.nwqmc.org and click on "2004 National Monitoring Conference”.

 

June 2-4, 2004: “EnviroSoft 2004”: 10th International Conference on Development and Application of Computer Techniques to Environmental Studies, Ancona, Italy.  For conference objectives, topics and requirements for submitting abstracts (requested as soon as possible), visit http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/envirosoft2004/cfp.html

 

July 11-14, 2004: WEF International Specialty Conference “Watershed 2004”, Dearborn, Michigan, sponsored by WEF and the Michigan Water Environment Association supported by several international, federal, and regional agencies.  Integrated resource management and environmental protection using watershed-based approaches will be showcased.  For conference information and abstract submittal form, visit the WEF website: http://www.wef.org/pdffiles/Watershed04Call.pdf.

 

The Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library has updated its Web page of meetings and calls-for-papers.  Visit http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/meetings.html.

 

V.  NEW WATER RESOURCES INFORMATION / TRAINING SOURCES

Keyword search for UD water-related courses and faculty contacts:

From DWRC:  Visit http://ag.udel.edu/dwrc/faculty.html for the link and search instructions.

 

Newly released reports:

From USEPA:  Two new reports are now available at http://www.epa.gov/indicators/.   The Draft Report on the Environment highlights progress the nation has made in protecting its air, water, and land resources, and describes methods to track the status of the environment and human health.  Its scientific foundation is found in the Draft Technical Document, which discusses indicators and data currently available, as well as their limitations.  These reports attempt to answer a series of key questions using the best available indicators and scientifically sound data to describe what is known and unknown about the current state of the nation's environment. ---- Visit http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/info/NewsNotes/, USEPA’s searchable Nonpoint News-Notes, for periodic reports: The Condition of the Water-Related Environment, The Control of Nonpoint Sources of Water Pollution, and the Ecological Management and Restoration of Watersheds ---- USEPA’s Office for Water News (http://www.epa.gov/ow/waternews/) announces Drinking Water Security Flyers available at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/security/flyers.

 

National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/ndwc/, email ndwc_contact@mail.nesc.wvu.edu) offers a free 66-page Resource Guide listing more than 80 organizations that can help you and your community find water-related information.  Call the NDWC at (800) 624-8301 to order item number DWBKGN36. Anyone interested in providing clean drinking water for small communities can benefit from the NDWC's other free services, which include On Tap magazine, more than 340 educational products, the toll-free technical assistance hotline above, and three computer databases.

 

The Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library has compiled a bibliography on agricultural hydrology.  Subtopics covered are best management practices,  concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s), and TMDLs.  Find it online at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/qb0301.html.  The WQIC has also compiled a bibliography "Constructed Wetlands and Other Approaches to Protecting Water Quality."  Subtopics covered are constructed wetlands, agricultural best management practices, nutrient management and environmental management systems for agriculture.  Find it online at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/Bibliographies/qb0302.html.  Other center bibliographies can be found at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/biblios.html.

 

From the USDA: Issues of the national newsletter for volunteer watershed monitoring may be obtained in hardcopy form by sending an email request to Alice Mayio at mayio.alice@epa.gov, or by downloading it at: http://www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/volunteer/issues.htm.

 

Books:

From the American Geological Insitute (AGI): “Water and the Environment” by Stephen J. Vandas, Thomas C. Winter, and William A. Battaglin, featured at http://www.agiweb.org/pubs/ . The Institute also provides a public-outreach web site, http://www.earthscienceworld.org .

 

Other helpful websites:

Also from AGI: New free searchable online database “Earth Science World ImageBank” (http://www.earthscienceworld.org/imagebank) containing over 1,000 fully-indexed high-quality images in a wide range of Earth science topics for non-commercial public use.

 

Videos:

Contributor Tom McKenna tells us that the video "Journey in the History of Water" described in Vol. 2 Issue 1 of Water E-News is now available for limited circulation from the UD library (call number VHS 8862 P1+P2).  A description is at http://watervideo.com/video.htm.

 

Training:

The Nutrient Management Commission (http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/nutrients/index.htm) reminds those needing Nutrient Management Certification by Dec. 31 of 2003 to sign up for Session I no later than Oct. 15.  For session schedules and contact information, visit  http://www.rec.udel.edu/nutrient/page3.html.


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