Category Archives: Non-Virginia

Safe Wastewater Use in Agriculture is Focus of 2016 United Nations Publication

Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples was published in 2016 by the United Nations (UN) University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources.  Part of UN efforts begun in 2011 to focus on the use of wastewater in agriculture, the book presents 17 case studies of good practices from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  The book is available online http://collections.unu.edu/view/UNU:5764 (direct link to PDF at http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:5764/SafeUseOfWastewaterInAgriculture.pdf).

Hurricane Irma Information Sources as of Sep. 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma observed rain totals and wind reports, through 11 p.m. EDT on September 11, 2017, are available from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center at College Park, Md., online at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/winter_storm_summaries/storm20/stormsum_7.html.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) information on Irma is available online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/IRMA.shtml?.

The NHC Web site for current advisories, tracks, etc., of tropical storms is http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml.

Following are links to some southeastern U.S. news media sources that covered Irma:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, online at http://www.ajc.com/;
Key West Citizen, online at https://keysnews.com/;
[Jacksonville] Florida Times-Union, online at http://jacksonville.com/;
Miami Herald, online at http://www.miamiherald.com/;
Puerto Rico Monitor (English), online at http://puertoricomonitor.blogspot.com.au/;
Tampa Tribune, online at http://www.tbo.com/;
Virgin Islands Daily News, online at http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/.

Following are links to other sources of information on Irma:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.
Governor of Alabama: http://governor.alabama.gov/irma;
Governor of Florida news releases: http://www.flgov.com/?s=Irma;
Governor of Georgia news releases: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017.

Below is a graph of Irma’s wind history, taken from the NHC Web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/IRMA_graphics.php; followed by a satellite photo of Irma on September 7, as the storm was moving across the northern Caribbean Sea islands and heading towards Florida (landfall there on September 12).

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A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States and Elsewhere – September 6, 2017, Edition; Updated Sep. 21

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States and other countries in coming months, followed by notes for events that recur annually, listed by the month the event typically occurs.

This post is updated as the Virginia Water Resources Research Center learns of new events and a new version is re-posted at least quarterly.  If you would like an event added, please send basic information (date, location, event title, event organizer, Web site, and contact information) to water@vt.edu with subject line: For Water Central Editor.

Some of the information for this edition was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), supported in part by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  More information about the VWMC is available online at http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/.

This post is for non-Virginia events; for water meetings and other events in the Old Dominion, please see the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s online Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. (shown here in Sep. 2014) annually hosts many water-related meetings, including the Chesapeake Watershed Forum each September.

2017 Events

 

Sep. 24-28, Syracuse, N.Y.: World Canals Conference 2017.  Organized by the National Park Service, the City of Syracuse, and the New York State Canal Corporation.  More information: http://wcc2017syracuse.com/.

Sep. 27-29, 2017, Boston, Mass.: Groundwater Protection Council 2017 Annual Forum.  More information: http://www.gwpc.org/events/2017-annual-forum.

Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 2017, Shepherdstown, West. Va.: Tri-State Native Plant Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, and the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://vnps.org/tri-state-native-plant-conference-2017/; phone (540) 837-1600 (Boyce, Va.); e-mail: vnps.org@gmail.com.

Sep. 30-Oct. 4, 2017, Chicago, Ill.: Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) 2017.  More information: http://www.weftec.org/abstracts.

Oct. 10-12, 2017, Avon, Colo.: 2017 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference.  This year’s theme is “Coming Together–The Confluence of Science and Society.”  Organized by the Colorado Watershed Assembly, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and Colorado Riparian Association.  More information: http://www.coloradowater.org/scw-conference-2017/; phone (720) 722-4213; e-mail: info@coloradowater.org.

Oct. 11-13, 2017, Louisville, Ky.: 12th Annual Southeast Regional Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/future-and-past-conferences; (866) 367-7379 (Tallahassee, Fla.); e-mail: seswa@ksanet.net.

Oct. 12-13, 2017, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Va.: 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference.  Hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute (at West Virginia University), in collaboration with the Delaware Water Resources Center (at the University of Delaware), the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (at Penn State), and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (at Virginia Tech). Abstracts for presentation proposals due March 27, 2017.  More information: visit http://midatlanticwrc.org/, or email: wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu.

Oct. 18-20, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisc.: Navigating the Future of Water–Charting a Vision for American Cities.  Organized by the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.  More information: http://uwm.edu/water/; Lynn Wilk, (414) 229-6917, lcwilk@uwm.edu.

Oct. 18-21, 2017, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education.  More information: https://naaee.org/conference; phone: (202) 419-0412 (Washington, D.C.).

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017 – Wilmington, N.C.: Bottomland and Swamp Forests Symposium.  Organized by  the North Carolina State University.  More information: https://projects.ncsu.edu/mckimmon/cpe/opd/bottomland/index.html; or e-mail aj.lang@ncagr.gov.

Nov. 3-5, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/our-work/key-program-focuses/networking-education/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Nov. 5-9, 2017, Portland, Ore: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Portland2017/; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail: info@awra.org.

Nov. 6-9, 2017, Westminster, Colo.:  37th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).  More information: https://www.nalms.org/nalms2017/ ; phone (608) 233-2836 (Madison, Wisc.).

Nov. 8-11, 2017, Baltimore, Md.: Ninth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S.  This year’s theme is “Training the Next Generation.”  More information: https://www.9thushab.com/; or contact Dr. Allen Place, (410) 234-8828.

Nov. 15-19, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.: Society of American Foresters National Convention.  More information http://www.eforester.org/safconvention; (301) 897-8720 (Bethesda, Md.); e-mail: membership@safnet.org.

December 8, 2017, North Linthicum, Md.: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Managing Water Quality in a Changing World.”  More information: http://dnr.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx; or contact Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov.

Dec. 2017, New Orleans, La.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information: http://meetings.agu.org/upcoming-meetings/.

2018 Events

Jan. 7-11, 2018, Austin, Tex.: American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting.  More information: https://annual.ametsoc.org/2018/; phone 617-226-3916; e-mail: meetings@ametsoc.org.

Jan. 8, 2018, Austin, Tex.: 46th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information: https://annual.ametsoc.org/2018/index.cfm/programs/conferences-and-symposia/46th-conference-on-broadcast-meteorology/; phone 617-226-3916; e-mail: meetings@ametsoc.org.

Feb. 20-23, 2018, San Antonio, Tex.: Utility Management Conference 2018.  Organized by the American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the Water Environment Association of Texas.  More information: http://www.wef.org/events/conferences/upcoming-conferences/Utilitymanagement2018/; or phone the Water Environment Federation at (800) 666-0206 (Alexandria, Va.).

March 2018, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information: https://wrri.ncsu.edu/wrri-events/annual-conference/.

June 2018, Nebraska (dates and specific location to be announced): University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: http://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/water-for-food/nebraska-water-center/conferences-and-events.

Jun. 26-28, 2018, Pittsburgh, Penn.: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/ National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Conference.  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences.

Annually Recurring Events

(Shown is the month(s) each year when the event is normally held; specific dates change each year, and locations may change.)

January: annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. More information: https://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

February, Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.  More information: http://meetings.aaas.org/.

February, even years (next 2018): Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information: http://osm.agu.org/2016/.

February, Amarillo, Tex.: Annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show.  Organized by the Texas A&M University Agrilife Research and Extension Center.  More information: http://amarillo.tamu.edu/high-plains-irrigation-conference/; phone (806) 677-5644.

Late February or early March, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Annual International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  Organized by Computational Hydraulics International (CHI) of Guelph, Ontario.  More information: http://www.chiwater.com/Training/Conferences/conferencetoronto.asp.

March: Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit.  More information: http://multi-statesalinitycoalition.com/events/.

March: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information: http://www.wildlifemanagementinstitute.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=348&Itemid=61.

March, Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information: http://watercenter.unl.edu/ConferencesEvents.asp; (402) 472-3305; waterinfo@unl.edu.

March or April, Washington, D.C.: National Environmental Policy Forum.  Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Environment Research Foundation.  More information: http://www.nacwa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=4.

April: Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information: http://www.neafwa.org/.

April, Lincoln, Neb.: Annual Water for Food Global Conference.  More information: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/conference-and-events/; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail: waterforfood@nebraska.edu.

April: National Hurricane Conference.  More information: http://hurricanemeeting.com/.

April, Rapid City, S.D.: Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Dakota Water Science Center and several partners.  More information: http://sd.water.usgs.gov/WSDconf/; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or jmcarter@usgs.gov.

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to http://www.ncsu.edu/srp/rivercourse.html; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or cathy_smith@ncsu.edu.

May: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information: http://www.ewricongress.org; (800) 548-2723.

May:  National Monitoring Conference. Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2016/.

May: Annual conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information http://choosecleanwater.org/; (443) 759-3407; info@choosecleanwater.org.

May or Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

June: Annual conference of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).  More information: http://ucowr.org/conferences; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or ucowr@siu.edu.

June: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information: http://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/water-for-food/nebraska-water-center/conferences-and-events.

June: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition.  More information: http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/annual-conference.aspx.

June: Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress.  More information: http://congress.cmos.ca/.

June or July: National Marine Educators Association annual conference.  More information: http://www.marine-ed.org/?page=events; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail: nmea@marine-ed.org.

June or July: Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information: http://www.gcande.org/.

July or August: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.swcs.org/en/conferences/.

August: American Fisheries Society Annual Conference.  More information: http://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/.

August: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. More information: http://esa.org.

August: Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting.  More information: http://www.cowatercongress.org/summer-conference.html; phone (303) 837-0812.

August or September: American Meteorological Society annual conference on radar meteorology.   More information: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/; phone (617) 227-2425 (Boston, Mass.); e-mail: amsinfo@ametsoc.org.

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/engaging-local-communities/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

September: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information: http://www.weftec.org/meetings_events/default.aspx.

September: Groundwater Protection Council Annual Forum and National Rural Water Association’s (NWRA) WaterPro Conference.  More information: http://waterproconference.org/.

September or October: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information: https://www.nsgic.org/upcoming-

October: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/streams/Pages/MWMC/conference.aspx.

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information: http://www.wrc.umn.edu/.

October: South Carolina Water Resources Conference.  Organized by Clemson University Public Service Activities.  More information: http://www.clemson.edu/public/sc_water_resources/index.html.

October: Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information: https://seswa.memberclicks.net/annual-conference.

October or November: GIS-Pro – Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information: http://www.urisa.org/.

November: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/index.html.

November: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information: http://www.xcdsystem.com/safconference/website/.

November: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.  More information: https://www.acsmeetings.org/.

November, South Carolina: International Conference on Shellfish Restoration.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information: http://www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=297; phone (843) 953-2078.

“Navigating the Future of Water–Charting a Vision for American Cities” Conference to be held Oct. 18-20, 2017, in Milwaukee

Water resources issues for urban areas–aging infrastructure, effects of climate change on drought and flooding, stormwater management, water for energy and economic development, and others–will be on the agenda in Milwaukee, Wisc., Oct. 18-20, 2017, during “Navigating the Future of Water–Charting a Vision for American Cities.”  The conference is being organized by the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.  For more information, visit http://uwm.edu/water/; or contact Lynn Wilk, (414) 229-6917 or lcwilk@uwm.edu.

Hurricane Harvey Information Sources as of Aug. 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey observed rain totals and wind reports are available from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center at College Park, Md., online at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc1.html.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) information on Harvey is available online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/HARVEY.shtml?.

Following are links to some Texas news media sources’ coverage of Harvey:
Houston Chronicle;
Dallas Morning News;
San Antonio Express-News.

Following are links to other sources of information on Harvey:
Governor of Texas;
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Hurricane Harvey;
Office of Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn – links to many information sources.

The Texas Tribune (Austin) provides a list of ways to offer help to Texas flood victims in this article: How to get (and offer) help after Hurricane Harvey, 8/28/17.

Below are graphs of Harvey’s 5-day rainfall potential and wind history, as of the morning of 8/28/17, taken from the National Hurricane Center Web site, followed by a satellite photo of Harvey on August 25, before the center of the storm made landfall.

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Hurricane Harvey approaching landfall in Texas, 8/25/17, 9:15 a.m. EDT. Photo taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/GIFS/GULFIR.JPG on 8/25/17, 10:30 a.m.

National Hurricane Center’s Graphical Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook for 2 Days and 5 Days, as of August 22, 2017; Update on Aug. 25 with Hurricane Harvey Information

Here’s a look at the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) Atlantic tropical weather outlook for the next few days.  The Virginia Water Central News Grouper posts these outlooks approximately weekly (depending on the level of weather activity) during the Atlantic tropical storm season (June 1-November 30).

As of August 22, 2017,  a pre-tropical disturbance centered over Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula was being given by the NHC a 70-percent chance of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours and a 90-percent chance within five days.  This disturbance was the former Tropical Storm Harvey, which had formed on August 17 but weakened to a tropical depression over the Caribbean.  Update 8/25: This system reformed into Tropical Storm Harvey on August 23, then strengthened into Hurricane Harvey and on August 25 was approaching landfall in Texas.  NHC information on Harvey is available online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey.

Also on August 22, a second disturbance centered between Florida and the Bahamas was being given a 10-percent chance of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours and a 30-percent chance within five days.

Shown below are the NHC’s two-day and five-day graphical tropical weather outlooks as of 8 p.m. EDT on August 22, accessed at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/, followed by a photos of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on August 24 and 25.

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Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico, 8/24/17, 7:15 a.m. EDT. Photo taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browsh.html, on 8/24/17, 8:50 a.m. EDT.

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Hurricane Harvey centered in the Gulf of Mexico and approaching landfall in Texas, 8/25/17, 9:15 a.m. EDT. Photo taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Web site at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/GIFS/GULFIR.JPG on 8/25/17, 10:30 a.m.

National Hurricane Center’s Graphical Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook for 2 Days and 5 Days, as of August 14, 2017

Here’s a look at the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) Atlantic tropical weather outlook for the next few days.  The Virginia Water Central News Grouper posts these outlooks approximately weekly (depending on the level of weather activity) during the Atlantic tropical storm season (June 1-November 30).  As of August 14, 2017,  at 2 p.m EDT, Tropical Storm Gert was in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida, but was expected to turn towards the northeast on August 15 and move away from the U.S. East Coast.  Also on August 14, a pre-tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean west of Africa being given a 30-percentchance of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours and a 60-percent chance of cyclone formation within the next five days.  Shown below are the NHC’s two-day and five-day graphical tropical weather outlooks as of 2 p.m. EDT on August 7, accessed at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
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