Category Archives: Education

Waterworks Apprenticeship Program for Roanoke County, Va., High School Students Described in 11/14/17 Roanoke Times Article

Roanoke County teen apprentices get a hands-on look at the valley’s waterworks, Roanoke Times, 11/14/17, describes the Western Virginia Water Authority’s apprenticeship program for Roanoke County high school students.  As of the 2017-18 school year, the Water Authority–which supplies water to customers in the City of Roanoke and the counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke–had five paid interns and planned to add five more in 2018-19.  The program targets high school juniors.

More information on the Western Virginia Water Authority is available online at http://www.westernvawater.org/.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Resources Conference, October 12-13, 2017, in Shepherdstown, West Va. – Presentations Available Online as of November 6, 2017

On October 12-13, 2017, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) hosted the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference.

Conference presentations are available online at http://midatlanticwrc.org/event-info/agenda/; to view the abstracts and presentations, click on a given talk’s title within the conference agenda table.

The conference was a collaborative effort of Delaware Water Resources Center (at the University of Delaware), the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (at Penn State), the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (at Virginia Tech), and WVWRI (at West Virginia Institute).

For questions or more information about the conference, visit http://midatlanticwrc.org/, or contact the conference coordinator at the WVWRI by e-mail at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at (304) 293-7009.

Potomac River from NCTC boat launch ONE Oct12 2017 USED Grouper 11-7-17

The Potomac River, viewed October 12, 2017, from the grounds of the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Online Course on Urban BMPs Released in August 2017 by the Municipal Online Stormwater Training Center at U. of Md.

A User’s Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay was released in August 2017 by the Municipal Online Stormwater Training Center (MOST).  MOST is an initiative of the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center.

The free, two-hour, online course, available at https://mostcenter.org/courses/user%E2%80%99s-guide-urban-bmps-chesapeake-bay, was developed by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network in collaboration with the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center.

This is the latest in a series of seven online courses (as of October 2017) provided by MOST; all are available online at https://mostcenter.org/courses).  The other courses are the following:
Introduction to Local Government Stormwater Financing;
The Building Blocks of an Effective Stormwater Management Program;
Stormwater Financing 101;
Asset Management for Stormwater;
Erosion and Sediment Control for Construction Sites;
Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development 101.

Other information resources are also available at the MOST Web site.

Some of the information for this post was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC).  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/; or contact Jane Walker at the janewalk@vt.edu or (540) 231-4159.

Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities – Application Deadlines in November and December 2017

Virginia Sea Grant is offering or facilitating the following fellowship opportunities for students or post-graduates.  The main Web site for the opportunities is https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/; or contact Virginia Sea Grant at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 363 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062; (804) 684-7269.  Specific online sites are listed below for each opportunity.

1) Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship.  Deadline to apply is December 8, 2017.  Fellowship begins in summer 2018.  For graduate students close to completing their degree (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D.) in a coastal- or marine-related or relevant field at a Virginia university or college, and for graduates who recently completed their degree at a Virginia university or college (graduating in the spring semester 2017 or after).  More information is available online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/post-graduate-professional-fellowships/commonwealth-coastal-marine-fellowship/;

2) 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.  Deadline to apply is November 28, 2017.  The one-year fellowship period is expected to begin February 1, 2019.  This nationwide fellowship is for graduate students with an interest in marine, coastal, or Great Lakes resources and in related national policy.  An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program with an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.  More information is online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/post-graduate-professional-fellowships/sea-grant-knauss-marine-policy-fellowship/.

3) Clark Nexsen Coastal Resilience Research Fellowship.  Deadline to apply not yet determined (as of 9/21/17).  This is a paid summer fellowship focused on coastal resiliency, open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have research experience or training in areas including, but not limited to engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, resilient design, urban planning, and/or coastal flooding adaptation strategies.  More information is online (as a PDF) at https://vaseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/ClarkNexsen_VASG_Resilience_Fellowship_Announcement09-13-17.pdf.

4) Graduate Research Fellowship.  Deadline to apply is November 16, 2017.  Anticipated start date is September 1, 2018.  The fellowship provides up to $40,000 per year, requiring a 50-percent match, to students enrolled in a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Virginia academic institution prior to the award of the fellowship, no later than Fall 2018.  Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research that is coastal- or marine-related and relevant to the mission and strategic plan of Virginia Sea Grant.  More information is online at https://vaseagrant.org/fellowship-research-funding/fellowships/research-fellowships/virginia-sea-grant-graduate-research-fellowships/.

In October 2017, Virginia Sea Grant will hold on-campus information sessions about these opportunities, as follows:
George Mason University – October 18;
James Madison University – October 11;
Old Dominion University – October 16;
University of Virginia – October 13;
Virginia Commonwealth University – October 9;
Virginia Institute of Marine Science – October 6;
Virginia Tech – October 10.

Water Monitoring Kits Available in Fall 2017 from Va. DEQ for Schools and Other Organizations

The following information was provided on August 31, 2017, by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC).  Please feel free to forward this information.  When forwarding, please acknowledge the VWMC.  For more information about the VWMC, please visit http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

Water Monitoring Test Kits Available

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is distributing a limited number of water monitoring kits that can be used to test for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and temperature.  Each kit can perform multiple tests.  These kits are available for free to schools and organizations that do not have water monitoring equipment.  DEQ requests that participants use these kits as part of the EarthEcho Water Challenge (formerly known as World Water Monitoring Challenge; to learn more about that challenge, see http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/; groups with their own monitoring equipment are also invited to participate in that event).

If you are a teacher or work with a large number of students, you can request a free kit.  Contact Stuart Torbeck by e-mail at charles.torbeck@deq.virginia.gov, and provide the following information:
(1) your complete mailing address;
(2) the number of locations you plan to monitor:
(3) the expected number of participants at any one time; and
(4) the total number of participants from your organization or school that you expect to participate in the EarthEcho Water Challenge.
This information will be used to determine how many kits you will likely need.

The Virginia Water Monitoring Council provided the kits for this effort.

Virginia Water Educators Directory Published in August 2017 by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center

In August 2017, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (Water Center) announced the publication of the Virginia Water Educators Directory, available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-educators/.  The Water Center and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality worked together to publish this directory of trained water educators in the state, intended to establish and reinvigorate the network of water educators in Virginia.

The  Water Center aims for the directory to facilitate connections between the network of highly-trained non-formal water educators and classroom teachers conducting successful Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Please feel free to share the Virginia Water Educators Directory with any appropriate groups.  People can join the directory’s Google Group at https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/forum/#%21forum/virginia-water-educators-g/join.

For more information, contact Liz Sharp via e-mail to lizsharp@vt.edu.

Chesapeake Bay Expertise Database Started in June 2017 by Chesapeake Research Consortium

In June 2017, the Chesapeake Research Consortium announced the start of the Chesapeake Bay Expertise Database (CBED).  The database is available online at online at http://chesapeake.org/expertise-1/, and experts from all areas of science (social, natural, and engineering) related to management of the Bay are encouraged to register.  According to that Web site, “The purpose of CBED is to help connect faculty and staff scientists working on Chesapeake related issues with each other, with other scientists in the region, and with managers and other experts and research funders throughout the partnership.”  The Chesapeake Research Consortium, online at http://chesapeake.org/, is a non-profit association of seven research and education institutions in the Bay region: Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.), Pennsylvania State University (State College, Penn.), Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.), the University System of Maryland (headquartered in Baltimore), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point, Va.), and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.).