In This Issue

The Media of Water

AWRA Opens Virtual Exhibit Hall

AWRA Job Awareness Program

Calls for Abstracts

AWRA Member News

Riparian Buffers Conference Preliminary Program Online

AWRA Annual Conference Information

Water Resources Information

AWRA State Section Activities


The Media of Water:

Stories of general interest about water and water issues in the media.


In addition to posts from several AWRA cognoscenti, you'll find links to other water blogs and water websites.

Permafrost Images

National Geographic photo essay and feature article on vanishing permafrost. 


Quake Lakes

The BBC's report on the dangers of lakes formed by landslides resulting from recent earthquakes in China.


NPR story on about one Georgia community not worried about the drought thanks to their water treatment system of wetlands and resevoirs.


Have you seen something in the news that we should share?  Email me the link.


Know someone who needs this information?

Pass it on!


Send to a Colleague


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.   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


Lake Louise, Canada

November 11 - 14, 2008

Submit Abstracts by:

June 1, 2008


Chapel Hill, NC

November 5-6, 2008

Submit Abstracts by:

June 15, 2008


Port Elizabeth, South Africa

February 23-26, 2009

Submit Abstracts by:

June 30, 2008


Submit Abstracts by:

July 11, 2008


Montclair State Univ., NJ

October 17-18, 2008

Submit Abstracts by:

July 15, 2008


Newport Beach, CA

March 30-April 2, 2009

Submit Abstracts by:

August 4, 2008 


May 17-21, 2009

Submit Abstracts by: 

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

May 2008



"A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself." - Laura Gilpin


Final plans have been laid for the upcoming AWRA Summer Specialty Conference Riparian Ecosystems & Buffers:  Working at the Water's Edge.  Several unique events and activities have been organized, including a very special, low cost pre-conference field trip, a carbon off-setting activity that all the conference registrants can participate in, lunches provided each day of the conference (thanks to our generous sponsors!), and a special showing of "RiverWebs," a film we heard about in response to my February column introducing the WaterDance Film Festival (a festival that takes place in your living room at times of your own choosing)! 


Of course, there's also the keynotes, concurrent sessions, and posters, too.  If you haven't yet made your plans to go to Virginia Beach at the end of June for this outstanding conference, read more about it below and register today! Earlybird deadline is June 9, 2008.


Speaking of WaterDance, I continue to receive suggestions for more water-themed movies.  This month, I'm recommending a movie I haven't yet seen, but hope to ... The Water Front.  It's a documentary about the community of Highland Park, MI, where the people who live next to the largest body of fresh water can no longer afford to use it.  It's been featured at a number of environmental film festivals, and I'm intrigued.  If anyone has seen it, I'd love to hear what you think.




Terry Meyer

AWRA Marketing Director






  AWRA Riparian Conference

Earlybird Registration Deadline:

June 9, 2008

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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: 


36 Scientific Sessions & 37 Scientific Posters

on everything riparian


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


Conference Special Events

  • Conference Sponsors Add Value to Your Bottom Line: Thanks to the support of our conference sponsors, AWRA is able to add value to your registration fee:  Lunches on all three days of the conference are now included!  
  • Carbon-Offsetting Activity Planned: Thanks to a unique partnership with Pinelands Nursery & AWRA, the conference will have a carbon-offsetting activity that is open to all registrants.  
  • Field Trip with Four Stops Only $15 and Filling Fast! 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 (Sponsored by BCI Engineers & Scientists and NOAA Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)

 Make your plans to join us in Virginia Beach today!

 Register today!

Contact Terry Meyer with questions.




Preliminary Program

Coming Soon!

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Sheraton Hotel  * New Orleans, LA

November 17-20, 2008


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. The Prorgam Committee is meeting this week to finalize the program.  Presentations on all topics related to water resources will be on the program.  In addition, the program will include panel discussions and 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


Water Resources Information


Occupational Information Network Program (O*NET)

The US Department of Labor is updating their Occupational Information Network Program (O*NET), which lists information on occupations and tasks performed by them.  They are currently looking at updating the O*NET listing for Hydrologist, and are asking for AWRA's help in identifying occupational experts for the position of "hydorologist"(defined as those with 5 or more years of expereicne in the profession). Experts will be asked to complete an O*NET questionnaire, and to provide information on the position of hydrologist.  If you're interested, click on the link and send a message to Dick Engberg.

The American Society of Civil Engineers honored AWRA's Past President Gerry Galloway with the ASCE Opal Award for Lifetime Achievement in Government.  Check out the presentation video at the link.  Congratulations, Gerry!


Science Without Borders

Science Without Borders creates, facilitates and supports cooperation between scientists, researchers and other stakeholders of the academic sphere of the African and the European region.  Launched in 2007 as an initiative  of organizations involved in science-based cooperation between the two regions, it focuses on small-scale, short-term cooperative efforts that provide quick wins for those who are usually not reached through big framework initiatives.


Climate Change Collection Added to


The Encyclopedia of Earth has launched a new Climate Change Collection, which includes an electronic version of the IPCC Nobel Prize-winning reports, articles by climate experts, biographies of individuals who have made important contributions to climate science and policy, a timeline of key events in the history of climate science and policy, and climate glossary, and much more.


The Environmental Law Institute has released a reference valuable for buffers in general entitled, "Planner's Guide to Wetland Buffers for Local Governments."  It's available for download free 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."


PhD Scholarships in Water Law

Completed Applications due June 20, 2008

Applications are invited for up to four fully funded PhD Studentships in Water Law within the Dundee UNESCO HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, part of the Graduate School of Management and Policy (College of Arts & Social Sciences). This interdisciplinary research centre is the only UNESCO Centre in the UK and the first of its kind in the world. The core mission of the UNESCO Centre is to develop a new generation of local water leaders, primarily through research excellence and its innovative "Water Law, Water Leaders" graduate programme. The UNESCO Centre has established a series of research clusters in the areas of water law, policy and science. In the specific area of water law we have developed three separate but inter-connected research theme groupings: (i) international water law (public international law); (ii) comparative national water law, and (iii) regulation of water services law.  At least one studentship / research associate post will be offered within each of these clusters, with the fourth likely to fall within the area of public international water law. Initial inquiries can be made at the link above. 

ASBPA Seeks Awards Nominations

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association is accepting nominations for its 2008 Awards, including the Morrough P. O'Brien Award, the ASBPA Student Educational Award, and the ASBPA Coastal Project Award.  Information and nomination instructions available at the link.


Recently, AWRA's "books-on-demand" provider for out-of-print publications has stopped providing this service.  If you are interested in a single article ($15) or a complete proceedings or monograph, send an email to A complete listing of available publications is provided at the link.




AWRA State Section Activities



Florida AWRA State Section

Key Largo, FL

July 24-26, 2008






Other Water Resources Conferences


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


June 29 - July 2, 2008 

Redondo Beach, CA


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


San Diego, CA

 September 2-5, 2008


Portland-Lloyd Center, PortlandOR

September 15-19, 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


UNC- Chapel Hill, NC

November 5-6, 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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