Category Archives: Non-Virginia

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.

Climate Change and Agriculture are the Focus of the March-April 2016 Issue of Colorado Water

“Climate Smart Agriculture” is the theme of the March/April 2016 issue of Colorado Water, from the Colorado State University (CSU) Water Center and the Colorado Water Institute.

Much of the 40-page newsletter focuses on the Rocky Mountain State, but several articles discuss nationwide and worldwide aspects of climate change, energy use, and their connections to agriculture.  Of particular value in this broader scope are “Global and Local Climate Change: What We Know and Expect”; “Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture”; “Climate Smart Agriculture”; “Looking at Climate Change and Global Food Security”; “Solving the Climate Change Riddle: Reasons for Optimism”; and the list of resources for further reading.

The publication is available online at, or contact the CSU Water Center at 1033 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, Colo. 80523-1033; phone (970) 491-2695; e-mail:


Cover of the March/April 2016 issue of Colorado Water, from the Colorado State University Water Center and the Colorado Water Institute.

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – 9/14/16 Edition; Updated 10/17/16

Here are some water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, and other countries in coming months, along with 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.

2016 Events

Oct. 18-19, 2016, St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Water Resources Conference.  Organized by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information:; phone: (612) 624-4230; e-mail:

Oct. 18-21, 2016, Davis, Calif.: Natural Areas Conference. Organized by the Natural Areas Association. More information:

Oct. 19-21, 2016, Birmingham, Ala.: 11th Annual Southeast Stormwater Association Regional Stormwater Conference.  More information:

Oct. 20-22, 2016, Baltimore, Md.: Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Organized by Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, University of California, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. More information:

Oct. 24-26, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Arctic Technology Conference. Organized by Offshore Technology Council, which is sponsored by a consortium of energy organizations (online at More information:

Oct. 24-27, 2016, Dallas, Tex.: Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting.  More information:

Oct. 24-27, 2016, Cape Town Stellenbosch, South Africa: Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security. Organized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. More information:

Oct. 24-28, 2016, Indianapolis, Ind.: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information:

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2016, Toronto, Canada: GIS-Pro 2016. Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information:

Nov. 2-6, 2016, Madison, Wisc.: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information:

Nov. 6-9, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. This year’s theme is “Resilience Emerging form Scarcity and Abundance.” More information:

Nov. 6-10, 2016, Orlando, Fla.: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual Meeting.  This year’s theme is “Fostering Environmental Science for an Ever-Changing World.”  More information:

Nov. 9-11, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn.: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference. More information:

Nov. 13-17, 2016, Orlando, Fla.: American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.  More information:

Nov. 16-18, 2016, Charleston, S.C.: 18th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration.  Organized by South Carolina Sea Grant.  More information:; phone (843) 953-2078

Dec. 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information:

2017 Events

Feb. 2-5, 2017, Towson, Md.: Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Conference.  The theme this year is “Investigate & Create: The Science & Art of Environmental Education.”  More information:; e-mail:

Feb. 14-16, 2017, Sydney, Australia: 11th International Water Association Symposium on Tastes, Odors, and Algal Toxins in Water.  Organized by the University of New South Wales.  More information:; e-mail:

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.

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

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: Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information:

February: International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  More information:

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

March or April:  National Hurricane Conference.  More information:

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

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

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 (from 2015 conference):; (443) 759-3407;

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

June: Conference on Broadcast Meteorology. Organized by the American Meteorological Society. More information (from 2015 conference):

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

July: International Conference on Coastal Engineering.  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 on the Groundwater Protection Council forum: More information about the NWRA conference:

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

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

October: WaterSmart Innovations Conference.  Organized by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and several partners.  More information:; (702) 862-3400.

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

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

Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference, Dec. 2, 2016; Presentation Proposals Requested until Oct. 19

On December 2, 2016, at Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Md., the Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 22th annual conference.  This year’s theme is “A River Runs Through It – Strengthening Networks and Connections.”  Themes for individual sessions include Climate Change, Sustainable Bay Fisheries, Citizen Science, Stream Restoration Monitoring, Community Partners, Blue-green Algae, National Aquatic Resource Surveys, Road Salt, and the Air-Water Interface.  October 19 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a proposed presentation.  For more information, visit; or contact Dan Boward at or (410) 260-8605.

Water and the Making of Place in North America – Graduate Student Conference at Princeton University Oct. 14-15, 2016

“Water and the Making of Place in North America” will be held October 14-15, 2016, in Princeton, New Jersey.  Organized by Princeton University’s Program in American Studies, the event will be a forum for graduate student presentations on the role of water in North America’s past, present, and future.

More information is available online at; or contact the conference organizers, Julia Grummitt, Kimia Shahi, and Sean Fraga, at

Drought in Atlanta, Ga., Area in Summer 2016

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report for July 5, 2016, the areas around Atlanta, Georgia, are in “severe” or “extreme” drought.  The Drought Monitor (available online at identifies five levels of dry conditions: D1 = abnormally dry; D2 = moderate drought; D3 = severe drought; D4 = extreme drought; D5 = exceptional drought.  As of the July 5 report, about 28 percent of the Peach State (concentrated in the northern section) was in severe drought and about 7 percent in extreme drought, and an estimated 6.7 million people were in drought-affected areas.  Below is the July 5 Drought Monitor map and table of statistics for Georgia.  Following the map are some news media accounts about dry conditions in and around metropolitan Atlanta and in the state’s peach-growing regions.

Georgia drought


Some news media accounts of Georgia drought in summer 2016
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.

Flooding in West Virginia in June 2016 – Information Sources

A line of thunderstorms on June 22-23, 2016, produced between 4 and 12 inches of rain in mountainous parts of eastern West Virginia and western Virginia, leading to devastating and fatal flooding in the Mountain State, as well as flooding in Virginia’s Alleghany Highlands.  A major federal disaster declaration for West Virginia was issued on June 25.  Following are several sources of information on the events.

Kevin Myatt, “Weather Journal” in The Roanoke Times: Train of storms triggered epic W.Va. flooding, Roanoke Times, 6/28/16; and Historic flooding in Alleghany Highlands, 6/24/16.

Charleston [W.Va.] Gazette-Mail, “2016 Flood,” online at

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, online at

Federal Emergency Management Agency, “West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4273),” online at