In This Issue
The Media of Water
AWRA Job Awareness Program
AWRA Opens Virtual Exhibit Hall
Calls for Abstracts
AWRA Member News
GIS Program Online Now!
Riparian Buffers Conference Registration Open!
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.
AWRA dips its toe into the blogosphere.  In addition to posts from several AWRA cognoscenti, you'll find links to other water blogs and water websites.
Top Ten Weird Weather Occurances
Ice bombs, blue moons and red rain ....
"Provide access to clean water" makes the list of top 14 engineering challenges for the 21st century identified by the National Academy of Engineering. 
Winter storms reveal ghost forests, shipwrecks, and rock formations.
Photo essay and article about kelp from The Nature Conservancy magazine.  Who knew kelp was so beautiful?
Science Friday report on the State of the Ocean.  Includes links to many other water-related stories.
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!
AWRA Opens
Virtual Exhibit Hall
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AWRA Associate Members are featured in AWRA's new Virtual Exhibit Hall. One of the many membership benefits of the new Associate membership category is visible presence on the AWRA website and an extensive listing in the AWRA Virtual Exhibit Hall.  What you'll see at the link above is our beta version, and will be improved upon over the course of the year. If your company would like to be included in the AWRA Virtual Exhibit Hall, information is here
Visitors can ramble the virtual halls of the exhibit hall without leaving the comfort of your home or office!  Use the alphabetical listing, or do a keyword search to find what you need.
Calls for Abstracts
Univ of California, Irvine

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

Submit Abstracts by:

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

Submit Abstracts by:
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

February 2008

"That was fun!"
Thanks for all the feedback from my last newsletter column in which I proposed a month's worth of films of/about/in water.  I learned a lot from all of you, and I certainly got enough input to offer up a couple of movie suggestions a month for the rest of the year.  Your enthusiasm for this non-technical topic is causing us to think about creating a blog where non-technical conversations about how water impacts life can continue unfettered. 
While we work those details out, I'd like to share just a few of your ideas about great water-themed movies:
CHINATOWN (1974, Roman Polanski)
Only about a million of you reminded me of this classic movie about water disputes in L.A.  Good catch, one and all.  I can't believe I left it off my list -- it's one of my faves.
Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
Suggested by Robert Mohler.  Not much water in this movie, but that's the point.
O Brother Where Art Thou (2000, Joel Coen)
Jack Jordan recommended this one.  He reminded me not only of baptism scene and the scene with the Sirens, but also of the dam-burst.  Great soundtrack, too, with many songs about water!
So, keep those movie suggestions coming.  I'm keeping a list and will share a few them each month -- at least until we've got the WaterDance blog up and running!  And, thanks for taking some of the dreary out of February for me!
Terry Meyer
AWRA Marketing Director
Register Today!
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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!
  Registration is Open!
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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 conference committee is busy pulling together an outstanding program from the slew of abstracts submitted in response to our call.  Watch for the preliminary program to be posted shortly
In the meantime, here are a few highlights: 
36 Scientific Sessions & 43 Scientific Posters
on everything riparian -- complete program posted soon!
Keynote Speakers
Dr. Brian Richter, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. James Karr, University of Washington
Dr. Bern Sweeney, Stroud Water Research Center
Dr. Emily Bernhardt, Duke University
Mark Walbridge, West Virginia University
W. Tayloe Murphy (D-43rd District), VA House of Delegates
Film Screening
WaterDance goes on the road with
RiverWebs, an inspirational and true story of river ecologists
Field Trip with Four Stops
VA Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research Center
VA DCR's Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve
VIMS Wachapreague Field Station
Boat trip to Barrier Island
Make your plans to join us in Virginia Beach today!
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.
 Global Water Challenge
Proposals due March 26, 2008
The GWC is an initiative to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education to people who lack these basic services. Launched by a diverse coalition of corporations, foundations, and aid organizations, the GWC is a unique partnership to build healthy communities and provide sustainable solutions to ensure the availability of potable water for those in need. The goal of the GWC is to bring safe water and sanitation to millions by identifying and multiplying the solutions that work.

Global Public Policy Network Requests Stakeholder Input on UN Commission CSD-16
The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) on Water Management is a co-ordinating mechanism to rationalise, clarify and focus preparations for the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) in May 2008. The GPPN is calling for water and sanitation stakeholders - including all nine major groups  (women, children and youth, indigenous people, NGOs, local authorities, workers & trade unions, business & industry, scientific & technological communities, farmers ) to provide their inputs to contribute to the water and sanitation review at the 16th session of the Commission for Sustainable Development (link to CSD-16).


Feedback Requested

Academic Accreditation for Geosciences 

GSA invites you to participate in a survey being conducted by a consortium of geoscience societies.  The purposes of the survey are to determine the level of interest in establishing some form of academic accreditation for undergraduate programs in the U.S., and determine the characteristics of such a program that are most desirable.  The survey will be open from 19 February through 17 March 2008.  The survey is quite short, but you will be asked to consider and rate characteristics of five different models of accreditation.  Note:  As the survey is being distributed by a number of societies independently of one another, you may receive more than one invitation to participate.  Please disregard duplicate requests. Survey at the link.

AWRA State Section Activities
Wisconsin AWRA Section
Brookfield, WI
March 6-7, 2008 
Indiana AWRA Section
29th Annual Spring Conference and Symposium
Bloomington, Indiana
  May 14 - 16, 2008
Submit Abstracts by March 19, 2008
Florida AWRA Section
White Springs, FL
March 14, 2008
Tennessee AWRA Section
Burns, TN
April 15-17, 2008


AWRA Section

Annual Symposium: "Water, Energy and Climate Change"

Mt. Vernon Country Club, Golden CO

April 18, 2008



Other Water Resources Conferences
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
Washington Court Hotel  *  Washington, DC
March 17, 2008
Delft, The Netherlands
April 7-25, 2008
Capital Hilton Hotel  *  Washington, DC
April 13-16, 2008

April 13-16, 2008

Athens Hilton  *  Athens, Greece
May 5-7, 2008

International Conference on Ozone & Related Oxidants in Advanced Treatment of Water for Human Health and Environment Protection 

Brussels, Belgium
May 15-16, 2008
Reno-Sparks, NV
May 18-23, 2008
Albena Resort  *  Bulgaria
June 16-20, 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
Sacramento, CA
July 14-18, 2008
Fourth IWA Young Professionals Conference
Berkeley, CA
July 16-18, 2008
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
September 21-24, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
October 8-10, 2008
Rhode Island Convention Center * Providence, RI
October 11-15, 2008
Houston, TX
October 19-21, 2008
Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre  *  Istanbul, Turkey
March 16-22, 2009



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