Category Archives: Non-Virginia

Water and the Making of Place in North America – Graduate Student Conference at Princeton University Oct. 14-15, 2016; Presentation Proposals Accepted through July 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.

July 15 is the deadline for students to submit proposals for making a presentation at the conference.

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

Potable Reuse of Water Examined in Arizona Water Center Publication in May 2016

“Potable Reuse of Water,” published in the 2016 edition of The Arroyo, from the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, provides a detailed introduction to the technology and issues of using treated wastewater as potable water.  The publication is focused on Arizona and other western states, but the article provides much information applicable to potable water use in other states, including descriptions of reuse systems in Arizona, California, Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas.  The publication is available online at; or contact the Arizona center at (520) 621-9591, or e-mail:

For information on water reclamation and reuse in Virginia, see the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Web site at

Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic are the Focus of Workshop in Laurel, Md., July 11, 2016

Invasive plants, insects, and plant pathogens will be on the agenda during Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic, July 11, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, Maryland.  The workshop is  organized by the Mid Atlantic Early Detection Network, Maryland Extension Service, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, and University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.  For more information, visit

Statewide Water Planning around the United States – Information Sources as June 2016

In October 2015, Virginia completed a statewide water resources plan, joining most if not all the 50 states in having such a plan.  Information about Virginia’s plan is available online at; and in this News Grouper post, Virginia State Water Resources Plan Final Version Released by Va. DEQ on October 1, 2015; To be Updated Every Five Years.

For information on water-planning efforts in other states, please see the following Web sites (as of June 20, 2016):

Federal Support Tool Box “State Water Plans,” online at
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this site provides information on a wide range of state water-planning efforts, both in water quantity and water quality.  It also includes some documents from entities other than states, such as the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

Streaming Water Web site, “State Water Plans,” online at
This Web site is produced by Patricia Breshnahan, the associate director of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, located at the University of Connecticut.

Flooding in Texas in Spring 2016 – Information Sources as of June 6, 2016

For the second year in a row, spring in 2016 brought heavy rains and significant flooding to Texas.  (For information on events in spring 2015, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Louisiana/Oklahoma/Texas Severe Weather and Flooding, May-June 2015, posted in late May 2015.)  The Lone Star State went through one bout of flooding mid-April, and as of June 6, over $81 million in federal aid had been provided to individuals and businesses affected by that event.  Late May and early June brought more rain and flooding in southern and central Texas, with one of its tragic impact the deaths of nine soldiers at Fort Hood whose vehicle became trapped in a suddenly risen stream on June 2.

Following are several government and news media sources of information about the situation this year in Texas.

Government Sources

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Disaster Declarations Web page, “Texas Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4269),” online at

Governor Abbott Takes Aerial Tour, Receives Briefing And Holds Press Conference On Texas’ Response To Ongoing Severe Weather, Texas Governor’s Office News Release, 6/3/16.

National Weather Service/Storm Prediction Center, daily storm reports, online at

News Media Sources

Dallas Morning News, ongoing coverage at

Houston Chronicle, ongoing coverage at

PBS NewsHour, Floods hit historic levels in Texas, and more rain is on the way, 6/5/16 (6 min./45 sec), online at

The Weather Channel, The Major Flash Floods That Have Hit Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas Since March 2015, 5/27/16.