Category Archives: Non-Virginia

An Examination of Antarctic’s Larsen Ice Shelf Changes, in 3/8/17 PBS NewsHour Video

The section-by-section disappearance of Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf is the focus of “How scientists are tracking a massive iceberg in the making,” broadcast on March 8, 2017, on the PBS NewsHour.  The 5 min./55 second video, available online at, discusses how an early 2017 rift in the ice shelf is one of the largest ever seen, separating a section approximately the size of the state of Delaware.  This follows the loss in 2002 of a section in that was approximately the size of Rhode Island.  The report describes some of the satellite technology and imagery used to track such large-scale changes.  More information on changes to the Larsen Ice Shelf is available from the National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA), “Antarctica’s Changing Larsen Ice Shelf,” online at

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – March 8, 2017 Edition

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, 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 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

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.


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

Apr. 4, 2017, online and at remote hub locations: National Watershed and Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Center for Watershed Protection.  More information:; or contact the Center at 3290 North Ridge Road, Suite 290, Ellicott City, MD 21043; phone (410) 461-8323.

Apr. 10-12, 2017: Lincoln, Neb.: Annual Water for Food Global Conference.  More information:; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail:

Apr. 17-20, 2017:  National Hurricane Conference.  More information:

Apr. 30-May 3, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Spring American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This spring’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity.”  More information:; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or

May 1-3, 2017, Washington, D.C.: National Hydropower Association Annual Conference.  More information:; phone (202) 682-1700.

May 1-4, 2017, Houston, Tex.: Offshore Technology Conference.  More information:; phone (972) 952-9494; e-mail:

May 2-4, 2017, Washington, DC.  American Meteorological Society Washington Forum.   More information:

May 21-25, 2017, Sacramento, Calif.:  World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  This year’s theme is “Creative Solutions for a Changing Environment.”  More information:; phone: (703) 295-6300; e-mail:

Jun. 4-8, 2017, Toronto, Canada: 51st Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress.  This year’s theme is “Future Earth: Weather, Oceans, Climate.”  More information:

Jun. 11-14, 2017, Philadelphia, Penn: American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.  More information:

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo.: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)/ National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Conference.  More information:

Jun. 21-23, 2017, Kansas City, Mo.: 45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology and Fourth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information:; (617) 227-2425;

Jun. 21-24, 2017, Tucson, Ariz.: Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Meeting on Environment, Wellness, and Community.  More information:

Jun. 26-28, 2017, Asheville, N.C.: 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information:; (617) 227-2425;

Jun. 26-29, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: National Marine Educators Association Conference.  More information:; phone: (844) 687-6632.

Jun. 26-30, Portland, Ore.: 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere.  Organized by the American Meteorological Society.  More information:; (617) 227-2425;

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Platte River basin of Nebraska: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information:

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charleston, S.C.: Rising Tides and Changing Times–A Climate Change Workshop for Educators.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information:; phone (843) 953-2078; e-mail:

Jul. 23-26, 2017, St. Louis, Mo.: Utility Leadership Conference & National Association of Clean Water Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information:; (202) 833-2672; e-mail:

Jul. 30-Aug. 2, 2017, Madison, Wisc.: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 72nd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Conservation Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability.”  More information:; (515) 289-2331.

Aug. 6-11, 2017, Portland, Ore.: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  This year’s theme is “Linking Biodiversity, Material Cycling and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World.”  More information:; (202) 833-8773; e-mail:

Aug. 20-24, 2017, Tampa, Fla.: 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society.  This year’s theme is “Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans.”  More information:; (301) 897-8616.

Sep. 10-13, 2017, Snowbird, Utah: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.  More information:; (202) 838-3474 (Washington, D.C.); e-mail:

Sep. 16-21, 2017, Garden Grove, Calif.: Annual meeting of the National Weather Association.  More information:

Sep. 18-20, 2017, Reno, Nev.: National Rural Water Association’s WaterPro Conference.  More information:; (580) 252-0629 (Duncan, Oklahoma).

Sep. 20-22, 2017, Baltimore, Md.: Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference.  Organized by the Resource Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  More information:; Paula Worden, (304) 703-4879,  e-mail:

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:; phone (540) 837-1600; e-mail:

Sep. 30-Oct. 4, 2017, Chicago, Ill.: Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) 2017.  More information:

Oct. 11-13, 2017, Louisville, Ky.: 12th Annual Southeast Regional Stormwater Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Stormwater Association.  More information:; (866) 367-7379 (Tallahassee, Fla.); e-mail:

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, or email:

Nov. 5-9, 2017, Portland, Ore: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information:; (540) 687-8390 (Middleburg, Va.); e-mail:

Nov. 15-19, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.: Society of American Foresters National Convention.  More information; (301) 897-8720 (Bethesda, Md.); e-mail:

Dec. 2017, New Orleans, La.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information:

2018 Events

March 2018, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information:

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:

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

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:

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:; 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:

March: Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit.  More information:

March: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information:

March, Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information:; (402) 472-3305;

April: Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information:

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:

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:; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or

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

May:  National Monitoring Conference. Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information:

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; (443) 759-3407;

May or Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information:

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:; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or

June: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information:

June: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition.  More information:

June or July: National Marine Educators Association annual conference.  More information:; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail:

June or July: Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information:

July or August: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information:

August: American Fisheries Society Annual Conference.  More information:

August: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. More information:

August: Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting.  More information:; phone (303) 837-0812.

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information:; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or

September: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information:

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

September or October: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information:

October: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information:

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information:

October: South Carolina Water Resources Conference.  Organized by Clemson University Public Service Activities.  More information:

October: Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information:

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

November: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information:

November: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information:

November: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.  More information:

November, South Carolina: International Conference on Shellfish Restoration.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information:; phone (843) 953-2078.

Late November/early December, North Linthicum, Md.: Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  More information:; or contact Dan Boward at

Block Island, Rhode Island, Offshore Wind-energy Project Begins Commercial Operation on Dec. 12, 2016; First U.S. Commercial Offshore Wind Project

On December 12, 2106, the Block Island, Rhode Island, offshore wind-energy project began commercial operation.  The $300-million project, consisting of five wind turbines, is the first commercial offshore wind-energy facility in the United States.

Sources: Block Island Wind Farm begins commercial operations, Deepwater Wind News Release, 12/12/16.  U.S. builds first offshore wind farm, PBS NewsHour video (10 min./00 sec.), 12/11/16.

For a previous News Grouper post related to the Rhode Island project, please see Virginia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are Planned Locations for First-ever Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sales, Expected in 2013.

For a News Grouper post on offshore wind-energy developments in Virginia as of April 2015, please see Offshore Wind-energy Development in Virginia: April 2015 Update, including March 24, 2015, Announcement of First Research Lease in Federal Waters.

For a News Grouper post on a proposed onshore wind-energy project in Botetourt County, Va., which if built would be the first commercial-scale wind project in Virginia, please see Commercial-scale Wind-energy Project Proposal in Botetourt County, Va.

Global Surface Water Explorer Shows Changes to Water Bodies over 30 Years; Summary Article in New York Times on 12/9/16

Scientists at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, and engineers at Google have developed the Global Surface Water Explorer, an online tool that uses satellite images to show changes in water bodies from 1986 to 2015.  The project Web site is  A short description of the project, with several examples (including Lake Mead in Arizona), is available in a New York Times article, Mapping Three Decades of Global Water Change, 12/9/16.

Possible Future of Water Infrastructure, Policy, and Technology under the Incoming Trump Administration is Focus of Jan. 12, 2017, Meeting in Boston, Mass.

If you’re going to be near Boston, Mass., in mid-January 2017, and you’re interested in what the incoming Trump Administration may mean for water infrastructure, policy, and technology, here’s an event of interest:

Future of Water:2017 – What does a Trump Administration mean to the US water sector?”  January 12, 2017, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., in Boston.  The event is organized by the New England Water Innovation Network (online at  Registration for the event (cost is $25) is available online at

Drought in Atlanta, Ga., and Other Parts of the Southeast in 2016

Latest update: 12/7/16

Since mid-summer 2016, areas around Atlanta, Georgia, have been in “severe, ” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly reports.  The Drought Monitor (produced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and available online at identifies five levels of dry conditions: D0 = abnormally dry; D1 = moderate drought; D2 = severe drought; D3 = extreme drought; D4 = exceptional drought.  For example, the July 5, 2016, report categorized about 28 percent of the Peach State (concentrated in the northern section) in severe drought and about 7 percent in extreme drought, with an estimated 6.7 million people n drought-affected areas.  In the Drought Monitor report for November 22, 2016, the percentages for Georgia were 67.8 percent in severe or worse drought, 56.6 percent in extreme or worse drought, and 33.8 percent in exceptional drought.  Below are the November 22 and July 5 Drought Monitor maps and tables of statistics for Georgia.
Georgia drought

The drought around Atlanta is part of a much larger area of severe (or worse) drought in the southeastern United States, centered over Alabama and Georgia.  That region has had areas categorized by the Drought Monitor as in severe (or worse) drought since the week of May 31, 2016.  Shown below is the Drought Monitor’s Southeast Region map and statistics chart for November 22, 2016.

Some News Media Accounts of Drought in the Atlanta Area and Other Parts of the Southeast in 2016

Despite recent rains, all of Alabama still in severe drought or worse, WTVY TV -Dothan, Ala., 12/5/16.

What you need to know about Georgia’s new fireworks restrictions during drought, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/5/16.

Early signs of water woes in parts of the South, Associated Press, as published by CBS News, 11/27/16

Georgia imposes mandatory water restrictions as drought worsens, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/17/16.

Drought deepens, fire danger increases for metro Atlanta, WXIA TV-Atlanta, 10/21/16.

Officials Declare Drought In Atlanta, North Georgia, WABE FM-Atlanta, 9/9/16.

Atlanta drought stretches into 6th straight month, WGCL TV-Altanta, 9/9/16.

Drought affects GA peach harvest, WSB TV/Atlanta, 7/5/16.

Drought Conditions Expand Around Atlanta, North Georgia, WABE 90.1 FM/Atlanta, 7/1/16.

Severe drought expands in Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/23/16.

As feared drought in Georgia worsens, Kirk Mellish’s Weather Commentary, WSB 95.5 FM/Atlanta, 6/23/16.

Other Drought-information Resources

Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Division of Environmental Protection, “Water Conservation,” online at

National Integrated Drought Information System, online at

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), “Alabama DroughtWatch,” online at; “Georgia DroughtWatch,” online at

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Drought Impact Reporter,” online at

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Centers for Environmental Information, “Drought–September 2016,” online at

Ogallala Aquifer Research in Central U.S. States Receives $10 Million USDA Grant in 2016

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a four-year, $10 million grant for research on water challenges in the region of the Ogallala Aquifer, a groundwater source providing domestic and agricultural water in several Midwestern and Great Plains states.  The grant will be coordinated by Colorado State University and also involves Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Tech University.  For more information, please see “Ogallala Aquifer is Focus of New USDA-funded Research Project,” in the Spring 2016 issue of Water Current (Vol. 48, No. 2) from the Nebraska Water Center, online at; or USDA Awards $8.5 Million to Improve Communities’ Water Sources, USDA News Release, 3/22/16.

The Ogallala research grant is part of a larger set of USDA grants related to sustainable water for agriculture, under the “Water for Agriculture Challenge Area.”  More information on that program is available online at

For another Water Central News Grouper post on the Ogallala Aquifer, please see, Groundwater Decreases in Texas Portion of Ogallala Aquifer Described in July 2012 Newsletter from Lubbock, Texas, posted 9/24/12.

ogallalaArea underlain by the Ogallala Aquifer.  Map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Ogallala Aquifer Initiative,” online at

41-lake-along-rt-20-in-cherry-county-jul13-2011-used-grouper-9-21-16View from U.S. Rt. 20 in Cherry County, Nebraska, July 11, 2013.  The area is part of Nebraska’s Sand Hills region, which is underlain by the Ogallala Aquifer.