Category Archives: Virginia Water Center Notices

Virginia Water Central Newsletter/December 2017 Issue Available; Focus on Students, Including Reports from Spring 2017 Intern and Recipients of Research Grants in 2016-17

The December 2017 issue (Issue 68) of Virginia Water Central Newsletter, from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/water-central-news/.  (All previous issues, beginning June 1998, are also available at or from that site.)

The 16-page December 2017 issue focuses on recent student-related activities by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, including the Center’s Spring 2017 student internship and research by students awarded Competitive Grants for 2016-17.

For more information about the newsletter, contact the editor at araflo@vt.edu or (540) 231-5463.

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Cover photo of the December 2017 Virginia Water Central Newsletter, taken on the Virginia Tech campus on December 9, 2017.

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.

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

Virginia Water Central Newsletter/August 2017 Issue Available; Includes Water-bill Inventory from 2017 Va. General Assembly

The August  2017 issue (Issue 67) of Virginia Water Central Newsletter, from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/water-central-news/.

The 38-page publication’s main feature is an inventory of water-related bills in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly.

The issue also includes the following sections:

Editor’s Comment – with information on following the General Assembly

Notices – items on a variety of information sources.

At the Water Center – items on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference, October 12-13, 2017, in Shepherdstown, W. Va., 2017; Student Competitive Grant Award Winners for 2017-18; and Walker Fellowship Award Winner for 2017-18.

For more information about the newsletter, contact the editor at araflo@vt.edu or (540) 231-5463.

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.

Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s Student Grant and Fellowship Award Winners for 2017-18

Between February and June 2017, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (which publishes this blog) conducted its two annual competitions for recognizing and supporting students studying water resources at colleges or universities in Virginia.  Here are the recipients for 2017-18.

Competitive Grants

Under the Competitive Grants Program, the Water Center awards grants of up to $5000 to support research by students at Virginia colleges or universities.  This year’s grants, which are for the period June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018, were awarded to following students and projects:

Stephanie Houston, Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; project title: “A renewable filtration system for the removal and reuse of pollutants from retention ponds.”

Mary Lofton, Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech; project title: “Simulating storms to predict phytoplankton community responses to future climate change: a whole-ecosystem mixing experiment.”

Brendan Player, M.S. student, Department of Environmental Science, Christopher Newport University; project title: “Nutrient uptake in degraded and restored sections of urban streams across project age gradients.”

The application period for competitive grants typically runs from February to March or April.  More information about this grant program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/grant-opportunities/competitive-grants/.

William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award

Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work.

The Walker Award winner for 2017-18 is Jacob Diamond, Ph.D. student, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech.

The application period for the Walker Award typically runs from March to May.  More information about this program is available online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/.

Applications Due by June 6 for the 2017 William R. Walker Award Graduate Research Fellow Award from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Graduate students from Virginia Tech are invited each spring to submit applications to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center for the William R. Walker Graduate Fellowship.  Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to help people who are preparing for a professional career in water resources.  Individuals pursuing graduate work in a water resources field different from the field of emphasis as an undergraduate, or individuals with work experience who are returning to graduate school to study water resources, are especially encouraged to apply.

Funds can be used at the recipient’s discretion during enrollment at a university as a student for professional development (such as attending workshops and conferences) and for purchasing materials that will enhance professional productivity (such as books and software).  Award funds are effective at the start of the fall semester.

Applications for the 2017 award are due to the Water Center by June 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/; or contact Dr. Kevin McGuire at kevin.mcguire@vt.edu or (540) 231-6017, or the main Water Center office at water@vt.edu or (540) 231-5624.

Bill Walker cartoon for Apr 1992 Water News - retirementCartoon by George Wills of Blacksburg, Va. (http://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt), published originally in the April 1992 Water News–the former newsletter of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center–to commemorate the retirement of William Walker, the Water Center’s first director.

College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech Turns 25 in 2017; Celebration to be held Sep. 15-16, 2017 in Blacksburg

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE).  The college is the home of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, which produces this blog.

The college’s origins trace to 1925, when Virginia Tech (known at the time as Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or VPI) hired its first professor of forestry.  From that starting point, major milestones include the following:
1976 – creation of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
1992 – creation of the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources;
2000 – renaming as the College of Natural Resources;
2010 – renaming as the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

The Water Resources Research Center joined the college in 2005.  As of 2017, the college’s departments are Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Geography, and Sustainable Biomaterials.

The college will  hold its 25th anniversary celebration on Sep. 15-16, 2017, in Blacksburg.  For more information, visit https://cnre.vt.edu/events/25years/index.html; phone (540) 231-5482; or e-mail cnre@vt.edu.

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Logo for the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment’s 25th anniversary celebration in September 2017.