The Arkansas Water Resources Center publishes this e-newsletter each month to highlight research, faculty, news and important events.
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August 2016
Deadline Approaching for 104B Competitive Grant Opportunity

The deadline to submit a water research pre-proposal to the Arkansas Water Resources Center is September 2, 2016.
Revision to RFP: The previously published Request for Pre-Proposals has recently been revised. Specifically, researchers investigating the following topics are highly encouraged to apply:
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Phosphorus sources and transport
  • Edge of field monitoring (especially a survey of existing data in Arkansas).
The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and the US Geological Survey are encouraging Centers that are located within the Mississippi River Basin to conduct complimentary research. The goal of this coordinated research effort is to develop a data or information base that can ultimately support a competitive regional water proposal at a much larger scale to address the largest water quality issues in our region.

Click here to read more about eligibility, funding, and how you can apply.
2016 AWRC Water Research Conference: Post-Conference Wrap-up

This year’s conference was one for the record books with the highest attendance to date! The conference theme was “Nutrients, Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms”. Over 160 people from research, state agencies, engineering firms and many others came to learn, network and share their insights from around the country.

Session Topics
The opening session covered the complexities of water quality management, and really set the stage for the rest of the conference. John Lewis, with the National Weather Service, gave us perspective on weather patterns and precipitation, which can have large impacts on hydrology and water quality. Next, Rick Cruse of Iowa State University (pictured below) discussed some of the major challenges that exist in addressing water quality problems. Then Heath Ward, a member of the Arkansas Nutrient Trading Advisory Panel, talked about how nutrient trading could play a role in solving some of our water quality issues.


Click here to read all about the days’ presentations, the poster competition, and a huge thanks to all our sponsors.

Researchers Evaluate Vulnerability of Streams from Changes in Land Use

The Problem: Due to increasing population growth and demands for food and energy, land use in Arkansas is changing, especially in the Central and Northwest regions. As humans modify the landscape, water quality can be negatively affected. But, the natural characteristics of the landscape can also influence the extent that streams and rivers might be impacted. For example, when forests are replaced with pasture land, nearby streams and rivers with more sloped channels and erosive soils might be more vulnerable to nutrient and sediment pollution compared to streams with less sloped channels and less erosive soils.
So What?:  The development of land in Arkansas for food and energy production is paramount for the success of our State’s economy. But, good water quality is also important to the economic success and public health of all Arkansans by providing recreational benefits and clean drinking water. Land and resource managers must balance the need to develop land with the need to protect the natural environment and water quality.

The Research Question: Dr. Sally Entrekin, associate professor of Biology at the University of Central Arkansas, and Lucy Baker, graduate research assistant, wanted to know: are some streams more vulnerable to water quality problems due to their natural landscape characteristics?

Click here to read more.
Beaver Water District Board Votes to Dedicate 4 Cents per 1000 Gallons Sold to Source Water Protection
By Beaver Water District

On April 21, Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors approved a motion to dedicate $0.04 per 1000 gallons sold to the Source Water Protection (SWP) Fund. The funds will be used to implement the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy (BLWPS) through support to the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) and continued efforts by Beaver Water District (BWD). All expenditures of funds will be included in BWD’s annual budget approved by the Board each August.
BWD’s current budget for the SWP fund is roughly $470,000. Funds dedicated to the SWP fund will increase approximately 2% per year with increase in water sales. Costs will also increase approximately at the rate of inflation. These dedicated funds are to come from current revenue.
“Beaver Water District is committed to ensuring the necessary funding is in place for the continued implementation of the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy,” said Bill Watkins of Rogers, President of the Board.

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New Study Shows High Potential for Groundwater to be Corrosive in Half of U.S. States
By US Geological Survey

A new U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide shows that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence of being potentially corrosive. The states with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest.
This report is unrelated to the drinking water problems experienced in Flint, Michigan. The problems in Flint were related to treated surface-water from the Flint River, whereas this report focuses on untreated groundwater nationwide.
Two indicators of potential corrosivity were combined to determine that corrosive groundwater occurs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes and plumbing fixtures.
“The corrosivity of untreated groundwater is only one of several factors that may affect the quality of household drinking water at the tap,” said Don Cline, USGS associate director for Water.

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Calendar of Events

August 17
BWA Mullins Creek Cleaup
Fayetteville, AR

August 20
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake
Prairie Creek, AR

August 20

IRWP Bats and Bluegrass
Cave Springs, AR 

August 30
EPA Small Systems Webinar Series - Removal of Multiple Contaminants

August 31
EPA Water Research Webinar Series - Systems View of Nutrient Management – Nutrient Modeling

September 9
Deadline for students to submit for poster presentation at the Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Symposium
Email john@beaverwater

September 10
IRWP Illinois River Float and Cleanup
Siloam Springs, AR

September 21-22
ANRC and UA Division of Ag Nonpoint Source Pollution Stakeholder Meeting
Little Rock, AR

September 29
BWA Beaver Lake Watershed Symposium
Lowell, AR

October 23-25
SW AWWA Annual Conference
Rogers, AR

October 27-28
ADEQ and ANRC Biennial Watershed Conference: A Fluid Mosaic - The Big Picture of Watersheds
Eureka Springs, AR
Job Openings

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Environmental Program Coordinator

Little Rock, AR

Multiple postings for managers and leaders

Gates Corporation  
Multiple postings for engineers and environmental managers