In This Issue
The Media of Water
AWRA Opens Virtual Exhibit Hall
AWRA Job Awareness Program
Calls for Abstracts
AWRA Member News
AWRA Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Live
Riparian Buffers Conference Preliminary Program Online
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.
Fierce Humboldt Squid of Half Moon Bay
YIKES!  Marine biologists wonder why this monster-sized squid is moving up the coast from South America to waters off Northern California.
World Water Day Tribute by The Colbert Report
In his inimitable way, Stephen Colbert focuses on water issues in his tribute to World Water Day.  Spoiler alert ... it's Stephen Colbert, so it's not all in good taste.
Newsweek article on the impending water crisis.  Also, check out the photo gallery of endangered lakes available at the link, too.
Have you seen something in the news that we should share?  Email me the link.
Know someone who needs this information?
Pass it on!
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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.
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!
Calls for Abstracts
UNC- Chapel Hill, NC
November 5-6, 2008
Submit Abstracts by:
May 15, 2008
 San Diego, CA
September 2-5, 2008
Submit Abstracts by:
May 31, 2008
Lake Louise, Canada

November 11 - 14, 2008

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June 1, 2008
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
February 23-26, 2009
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June 30, 2008
May 17-21, 2009
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September 17, 2008
AWRA Member News
Here are a few items of particular interest to AWRA members:
If you haven't renewed for 2008 yet, your login access to online, members-only content has been turned off!  Renew today to turn it back on
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.
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

April 2008

"For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake."  Alfred Hitchcock
Remember when I proposed the WaterDance Film Festival to help get us (me) through February?  I provided you all with a list of 29 films -- one for each miserable day -- in which water plays an important role either as setting, protaganist or antagonist, supporting cast, metaphor, symbol, or allegory.  You all responded with your ideas and added to my list.  One person suggested that I post WaterDance on a blog so the conversation about water-themed movies could move beyond one-to-one emails between me and you.
Now that AWRA has a blog, I have done just that!  Check out my WaterDance post on the AWRA Water Blog.  To be sure, my post is pure fluff.  But, hey, fluff got me through February, and it keeps us smiling!  Anyway, once you're there, read through the other great posts on important water resources topics of the day by some of AWRA's greatest thinkers.  Make a comment and join the conversation!
Terry Meyer
AWRA Marketing Director
Deadline Approaching!
Submit Your Abstract by:
May 12, 2008
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AWRA's Annual Water Resources Conference provides a multidisciplinary outlet for any subject related to water resources research, education, and management and, thus, is a forum for all participants in the water resources community.  Presentations on any topic related to water resources are solicited and are welcomed.  In addition, individuals and groups have the opportunity to propose and organize panel discussions or special sessions that consist of linked presentations on a particular topic.

The Conference will include:
  • oral and poster sessions
  • plenary speakers
  • panels
  • pre-conference field trips and short courses
  • networking events
  • student activities 
Attendees will enjoy opportunities for conversations about the many multidisciplinary aspects of water resources, and to make connections that will improve their understanding of the complex water issues of importance not only to the southeastern United States but also to the nation and the world.

Join us in New Orleans for
Community, Conversation,Connections

  AWRA Riparian Conference
Preliminary Program Online
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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
An outstanding program is now available online!
Here are a few highlights: 
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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!
Exhibit information is now online.
Contact Terry Meyer with questions.
Water Resources Information
AWRA Annual Awards: 2008 Call for Nominations Open
Deadline for Submission:  May 6, 2008

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.
 AWRA Past President Galloway to Receive
AAES Norm Augustine Award
The American Association of Engineering Societies will honor AWRA's Past President Gerry Galloway with the Norm Augustine Award at its May banquet.  This award was established to recognize individuals who have demonstratied the capacity for communicating the excitement and wonder of engineering.  Congratulations, Gerry!
US EPA Launches Environmental Indicators Gateway
The US Environmental Protection Agency recently launched an Environmental Indicators Gateway website to provide enhanced public access to environmental and health information generated by the EPA.  The Gateway also provides a resources for the EPA and other federal agendice to better coordinate their own environmental indicator work.
ABA Recognizes Best Environmental Law Paper
The American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources recently recognized the best papers on the topics of environmental law and water law at several of its recent conferences.  They are all available for download at the link.
The Soil Science Society of America invites your participation in a survey to identify soils research priorities for use by federal agencies when developing their annual research budget priorities and funding requests.  In order to see real increases in funding for soils research, it's important that the stakeholder community participate.  Survey at the link..

The Green Parent

The Green Parent by Jenn Savedge is a resource for earth-friendly living.  While it's title implies its only for the parents among us, the tips, tools, and resources included between its covers can be used by anyone wishing to live a more environmentally responsible lifestyle.  The publishers of The Green Parent have teamed up with AWRA to offer this handy publication at a discount AND support the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Each book purchased online between May 1 and July 31, 2008 will have an additional 5% discount off the already dscounted online purchase price of $9.95.  The discount and scholarship proceeds also applies to any of their eco-merchandise line (books, games, bags, etc.). Simply visit the link, create your order and on the payment page enter "RHMSFUND" in the "Special Offer Discount Coupon Box" and then click "Update Price."
Podcasts of a series of two-minute essays on all aspects fo water are available at this link.
The National Water Program has published a draft National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change to address the impacts of climate change on water programs and propose a range of response actions.  The US EPA's Office of Water will host a webcast to provide a public forum in which to discuss and receive feedback on the Strategy.
Draft document and registration information available at the link. 
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration welcomes comments on its draft Hurricane Forecasting Improvement Project Plan.  The draft addresses transitioning research to application, the value of transformational research, and the engagement and alighment of inter-agency and larger scientific community effortst oward finding solutions to the challenges posted to improve hurricane forecasts. Comments on any inconsistencies perceived in the document and possible omissions of important topics are requested.  Download the plan and respond at the link.
AWRA State Section Activities
Indiana AWRA Section
29th Annual Spring Conference and Symposium
Bloomington, Indiana
  May 14 - 16, 2008
Florida AWRA State Section
Tampa, FL
May 16, 2008
Georgia AWRA Section and GAWP
Atlanta, GA
May 20, 2008
Florida AWRA State Section
Key Largo, FL
July 24-26, 2008


Other Water Resources Conferences

Athens Hilton  *  Athens, Greece

May 5-7, 2008

Hawaii Convention Center * Honolulu, HI
May 12-16


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

Brussels, Belgium

May 15-16, 2008

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
May 16, 2008


ASFM 32nd Annual National Conference

Reno-Sparks, NV

May 18-23, 2008

Washington, DC
May 26-30, 2008
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort  *  Albuquerque, NM
June 9-12, 2008


Eighth International Scientific Conference on Modern Management of Mine Producing, Geology, and Environmental Protection

Albena Resort  *  Bulgaria

June 16-20, 2008


River Restoration: Fluvial Geomorphic & Ecological Processes

Beaumont de Ventoux  *  Provence, France

June 21-27, 2008


Ninth International Conference on Permafrost

University of Alaska/Fairbanks * Fairbanks, AK
June 29 - July 3, 2008


HydroVision 2008

Sacramento, CA

July 14-18, 2008


Fourth IWA Young Professionals Conference

Berkeley, CA

July 16-18, 2008

Eighth INTECOL International Wetlands Conference
Cuiba, Mato Grosso, Brazil
July 20-25, 2008
Penn State University  *  University Park, PA
July 28-31, 2008

Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century

Charleston, South Carolina

August 12-14, 2008


Fifth International Engineering and Construction Conference

Univ of California, Irvine

August 27-29, 2008

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 21-24, 2008

San Antonio, TX
October 7-9, 2008

Las Vegas, NV

October 8-10, 2008


Fourth National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

Rhode Island Convention Center * Providence, RI

October 11-15, 2008


International Conference on Nonrenewable Ground Water Resources

Portland, OR

October 13-14, 2008

Coastal Georgia Center  * Savannah, GA
October 14-16, 2008


2008 AIH Annual Meeting & International Conference

Houston, TX

October 19-21, 2008

Westin Seattle  *  Seattle, WA
November 16-19, 2008
AIT Conference Center  *  Bangkok, Thailand
January 5-7, 2009

Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre  *  Istanbul, Turkey

March 16-22, 2009

Vancouver, BC, Canada
August 10-14, 2009





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