In This Issue
The Media of Water
AWRA Job Awareness Program
Other Calls for Abstracts
AWRA Member News
Riparian Buffers Call for Abstracts Online Now
GIS Program Online Now!
AWRA in New Orleans for Annual Conference
Water Resources Information
AWRA State Section Activities
The Media of Water:
Stories of general interest about water and water issues in the media.
FBI Reopens Cold (and Wet) Skyjacking Case
The FBI is still looking for DB Cooper -- maybe a hydrologist can help solve the case?  NPR story.
Video of Marmot Dam Removal from Paul Pickett (co-chair of AWRA International Technical Committee).
One of a series of short films narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio on "What's Important"
(environmentally speaking).
BBC reports on a variety of water issues and challenges.
Astronomers have detected water in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system for the first time.
NPR's recent series on the Three Gorges Resevoir.
The Pacific Institute computes the amount of energy used to manufacture the plastic for water bottles.
Have you seen something in the news that we should share?  Email me the link.
AWRA Job Awareness Program
Where the Water Resources Jobs Are
AWRA Job Board 
If you have a water resources position to fill or if you're in the market for a new position and want a new challenge or opportunity, visit the AWRA Job Awareness Program and get connected!
Post a Job
AWRA Associate Members receive a significant discount on this invaluable service!  
With more than 20,000 hits this month, you can be sure your position is being seen by the right people.
If you have position you'd like to have featured in this column with a link to your posting on the AWRA Job Awareness Program, send me an email.
View Open Positions
A wide variety of disciplines representing open positions in the private sector, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.  If you're a water resources professional looking for a new job, start here.
Available to AWRA Members at no charge!
Other Calls for Abstracts
Portland, OR
October 13-14, 2008
Submit Abstracts by:
February 4, 2008

ASDSO Southeast Regional Conference

Asheville, NC

April 13-16, 2008

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February 11, 2008


Brussels, Belgium

May 15-16, 2008

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February 15, 2008

August 27-29, 2008

Student Paper Contest

Submit Papers by:

March 15, 2008


Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century

Charleston, South Carolina

August 12-14, 2008

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March 15, 2008

Cuiba, Mato Grosso, Brazil
July 20-25, 2008
Submit Abstracts by:
May 1, 2008

NALMS 2008, 28th International Symposium: Lake Management in a Changing Environment

Lake Louise, Canada

November 11 - 14, 2008

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June 1, 2008
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
February 23-26, 2008
Submit Abstracts by:
June 30, 2008
AWRA Member News
Here are a few items of particular interest to AWRA members:
If you have not already yet renewed for 2008, you can renew easily and efficiently by logging into the members-only area using your new login.  Please let me know if you missed the notification, if you need assistance logging in, or if you need an invoice sent to you for your 2008 dues.  Your prompt renewal keeps your member benefits going without interruption and saves AWRA money, time, and paper! 
2008 Aquarius Club
AWRA's Member-Get-a-Member program is underway!  Talk to your colleagues about AWRA, and be rewarded!  Info at the link.
AWRA Board of Directors Call for Nominations Underway
Nominations are being accepted for open positions on the AWRA Board of Directors for terms beginning January 1, 2009.  Nomination form at the link.
Deadline:  April 7, 2008
AWRA's scholarship program for one undegrad and one graduate student is accepting applications for the 2008-2009 academic year.  Info at the link.
Deadline:  April 23, 2008
Current Corporate and Institutional members recently received notification of this change to the membership categories resulting from the bylaws change this summer.  Contact Terry Meyer if you have questions about the new category, or aren't sure what your options are for the 2008 membership year.  You can read about the benefits at the link.


The E-Newsletter of the

American Water Resources Association

Keeping You Connected

January 2008

Dear Barbara,
"You know what your problem is? It's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin

As we move into the depths of winter, with an extra day tacked onto February -- the month I've always thought of as the longest shortest month of the year -- I thought I'd offer up a few ideas to help you plan and execute your very own Waterdance Film Festival, featuring films in which water plays an important role either as setting, protaganist or antagonist, supporting cast, metaphor, symbol, or allegory. Most of these suggestions are either readily available from your local video store, or you can cue them up at Netflix or Blockbuster online and keep them coming all dark, dreary, February-long!  Having seen all but a couple of the movies listed here, I think I may be one of the few people for whom Steve Martin's words do not apply ...
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, Richard Fleischer)
Waterworld (1995, Kevin Reynolds)
The Big Blue (1988, Luc Besson)
Open Water (2003, Chris Kentis)
Waterbuster (2006, J. Carlos Peinado)
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988, Robert Redford)
Erin Brockovich (2000, Steven Soderbergh)
The River Wild (1994, Curtis Hanson)
A River Runs Through It (1992, Robert Redford)
Water (2005, Deepa Mehta)
The River (1984, Mark Rydell)
Lake Placid (1999, Steve Miner)
March of the Penguins (2005, Luc Jacquet)
Signs (2002, M. Night Shyamalan)
On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring (both 1986, Claude Berri)
African Queen (1951, John Huston)
When the Levees Broke:  A Requiem in Four Acts (2006, Spike Lee)
Day After Tomorrow (2004, Roland Emmerich)
Grand Canyon (1991, Lawrence Kasdan)
The Perfect Storm (2000, Wolfgang Petersen)
A Civil Action (1998, Steven Zaillian)
Lady in the Lake (1947, Robert Montgomery)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999, Scott Hicks)
Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Jack Arnold; or wait for the remake later this year...)
You'll have to leave the house and buy a ticket to see this one, but it's well worth the trip:  Michael Clayton (2007, Tony Gilroy)
(Check out for information about the actors, directors, writers, plot summaries, and other great film trivia.)
I know I've barely skimmed the surface, and I'd love to hear about your favorite movies in which water plays a prominent role.  Send me your recommendations, and maybe we can keep the Waterdance Film Festival going all year long ...

Terry Meyer
AWRA Marketing Director
Don't Wait 'til the Last Minute!
Call for Abstract Deadline:  February 4, 2008
(This Monday!)
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2008 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference
Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers:
Working at the Water's Edge
Founders Inn & Spa  *  Virginia Beach, VA
June 30 - July 2, 2008
The study of riparian ecosystem functions and the proliferation of initiatives and programs using riparian areas as buffers and living shorelines have demonstrated the need to remain on the cutting edge of science and practice when working at the water's edge. 
Preliminary Program Now Online!
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AWRA continues its series on Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources with its fifth specialty conference on  the topic.  GIS has become a necessary component in the planning and management of water resources, and the natural and human systems affected by water resources.

2008 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
GIS and Water Resources V
San Mateo Marriott Hotel  *  San Mateo, CA
March 17-19, 2008
cyber-infrastructure, floodplain mapping,
watershed management, water quality, biologic analysis,
NHD databases, ARC/Hydro stream stats, runoff & case studies
remote sensing applications & vegetation,
HIS modeling, data solutions, web publishing
landuse classifications, assessments & applications
Plenary Speaker Dr. Robert Twiss
Emeritus Professor of Environmental Planning
University of California, Berkeley
Pre-Conference Workshops
ArcSWAT - A Tool for TMDL Development/Assessment

CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System

Tour of the Bay Model
Poster Session
Networking Opportunities
Student Paper Competition
and much more ...
The Exhibit Hall is Full!
Mark Your Calendars
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And watch the AWRA Website for the latest information about:
2008 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Sheraton Hotel  * New Orleans, LA
November 17-20, 2008
Water Resources Information

The American Water Resources Association annually recognizes outstanding individuals in the water resources profession.  You do not have to be an AWRA member to nominate or receive an AWRA Award (except for the  Fellow Member Award).

Fellow Member Award

Honorary Member Award

Mary H. Marsh Medal

Sandor C. Csallany Award

Icko Iben Award

William C. Ackermann Medal

Henry P. Caulfield, Jr., Medal

A. Ivan Johnson Award

Specifics regarding eligibility, criteria, and purpose for each award are available at the link. If you would like to nominate an individual for one of these awards, please complete the 2008 Award Nomination Form and submit it
no later than May 6, 2008.
 EPA Enhances "Laws, Regulations, Guidance,
and Dockets" Website
EPA has added new features to one of its most popular Web sites for environmental regulatory information. This site - titled "Laws, Regulations, Guidance and Dockets" - is often the public's first exposure to EPA's regulatory activities. Its user-friendliness has been enhanced with easily accessible ways to search and comment on EPA regulations and significant guidance documents, and to learn how environmental regulations are written. The site also includes new sections for finding regulations and related documents, plus regulatory history, statutory authority, supporting analyses, compliance information, and guidance for implementation. Also, for the first time, searches for regulatory information can be conducted by environmental topics, such as water or air, or by business sectors, such as transportation or construction. 

NSF - Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Watershed Sciences and Engineering at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is accepting applications for the second year of a 10-week summer undergraduate research in interdisciplinary watershed sciences and engineering at Virginia Tech, funded by the National Science Foundation - Undergraduate Research Experience (NSF REU) program. Successful applicants will join one of the ongoing research projects in water environment sciences and engineering at Virginia Tech and conduct individual research under the supervision of one or more faculty member/s. Click on the link for for program details and application requirements, or contact Tamim Younos. Application deadline is March 1, 2008 for Summer 2008 Fellowships.


February 5, 2008, 2 p.m. EST
NOAA Coastal Services Center will demonstrate Habitat Priority Planner (HPP) , a new spatial decision support tool designed as an ArcGIS toolbar to assist resource managers, researchers, and land-use planners in prioritizing important areas in the landscape or seascape for conservation or restoration action. In addition to scenarios, the tool also generates pertinent reports, maps, and data tables. 
AWRA State Section Activities
Wisconsin AWRA Section
Brookfield, WI
March 6-7, 2008 
Tennessee AWRA Section
Burns, TN
April 15-17, 2008
Indiana AWRA Section
29th Annual Spring Conference and Symposium
Bloomington, Indiana
  May 14 - 16, 2008
Other Water Resources Conferences
Toronto, Ontario
February 19-20, 2008
February 21-22, 2008
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront  *  Portland, OR
February 19-21, 2008
Orange County Convention Center  *  Orlando, FL
March 2-7, 2008

Common Grounds, Common Waters: Toward a Water Ethic

Santa Clara University * Santa Clara, CA

Friday, March 14, 2008
Capital Hilton Hotel  *  Washington, DC
April 13-16, 2008
Athens Hilton  *  Athens, Greece
May 5-7, 2008
River Restoration: Fluvial Geomorphic & Ecological Processes
Beaumont de Ventoux  *  Provence, France
June 23-27, 2008
University of Alaska/Fairbanks * Fairbanks, AK
June 29 - July 3, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
October 8-10, 2008
Rhode Island Convention Center * Providence, RI
October 11-15, 2008


World Water Forum V
Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre  *  Istanbul, Turkey
March 16-22, 2009

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