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February 2017

Call for Presentations at AWRC's Annual Water Conference

The Arkansas Water Resources Center is inviting proposals for presentations at the Annual Watersheds and Research Conference, which will be held on July 25-26, 2017.
The deadline to submit an abstract is March 17, 2017, and should be submitted by email to Abstracts should be less than 250 words and include the presenting author’s name and presentation title.
Who should submit a talk:
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Consulting Firms
  • Utilities
  • Watershed Groups
  • State Agencies
 Suggested topics include (but not limited to):
  • Illinois River Watershed
  • Source Water Protection and Forest Management
  • Urban and Turf Grass Management
  • Arkansas Delta Water Quality and Quantity
  • Drinking Water Treatment and Residuals
  • Nutrient Trading
 Abstracts are due March 17, 2017 by email to
The conference will be held at the
Fayetteville Town Center on July 25-26, 2017.

For questions, contact Erin Scott at Visit the
conference webpage to stay up to date on conference activities.

Fact Sheet Available for Livestock Water Quality
The Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC) has published its third fact sheet – this one is on collecting your water sample and interpreting the results for the livestock analytical package offered by the AWRC Water Quality Lab.
You probably know that good water quality is crucial for livestock health and productivity – but, how is “good water quality” defined? Do different types of livestock need different water quality?
The livestock fact sheet answers these questions. The fact sheet describes the water quality parameters that are important for livestock consumption, and how much of these constituents should be in the water. Specific information is included for beef cattle, dairy cattle and swine.


AWRC Funds Drinking Water, Ag Research
We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients from the AWRC through the US Geological Survey 104B Competitive Grants Program.
“We had a lot of good proposals submitted that addressed some critical water research needs in the State,” said Center Director Brian Haggard.
This year, the Center is funding three faculty and two student research proposals, covering drinking water issues and a variety of agriculture-related issues from irrigation to aquaculture. The following research proposals were selected:
Faculty proposals: 
  • Herbicide mitigation potential of tailwater recovery systems in the Cache River critical groundwater area; Dr. Cammy Willett, UA Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
  • Combined application of nutrient manipulation and hydrogen peroxide exposure to selectively control cyanobacteria growth and promote eukaryote phytoplankton production in aquaculture ponds; Dr. Amit Sinha, UA Pine Bluff Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Regionalizing agricultural field evapotranspiration observations; Dr. Benjamin Runkle, UA Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

AWRC Will Publish and Archive Your Technical Reports
Did you write a technical report to a funding agency on water research that you want archived and accessible on the web? We can help you get your work out there and available for others to view quickly and easily, and be able to cite.
We archive technical reports on our website as
MSC Publications, which includes both AWRC-related scientific research and monitoring, as well as that of other water researchers. 
For example, we archived the
Final Report to the Governors from the Joint Study Committee, a report written by researchers and agency personnel from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Committee worked with Baylor University to study how algae changed in response to increasing phosphorus concentrations in the Illinois River Watershed. The AWRC archived this report to making it publicly available on our website.
We simply reformat the final report submitted to the funding agency, turning it into an MSC publication for you. There are no issues with publishing in a journal later on because we are just archiving your technical report.

Register Now for "The Future of Water" SEC Academic Conference
Early-bird registration ends February 15th for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference, themed “The Future of Water”, but regular registration continues through March 26th. The conference will be held March 27-28 at Mississippi State University.
As part of the Southeast Conference, researchers and students from Arkansas are encouraged to participate in this regional conference.
“This is a great opportunity to meet with people and learn how other states are dealing with similar water resources issues that we’re facing in Arkansas,” said Brian Haggard, Director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center and Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the UofA.

U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: Senator John Boozman Named Subcommittee Chairman
By Walter Wright, Mitchell Williams Law Firm

United States Senator John Barrasso, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced the Chairmen of the Committee’s four subcommittees during the 115th Congress. 

Senator John Boozman (Arkansas) will serve as the Chairman of the
Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife Subcommittee.

The Subcommittee of Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife’s jurisdiction includes:
  • Clean Water Act (including wetlands)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Coastal Zone Management Act
  • Invasive Species
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Endangered Species Act
  • National Wildlife Refugees
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands
The Environment and Public Works Committee’s other subcommittees include:
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Clean air and Nuclear Safety
  • Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight
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Calendar of Events

February 15
SEC Academic Conference deadline for early-bird discount
Starkville, MS

February 18

BWA Richland Creek Cleanup
Goshen, AR

February 21

BWA Riparian Planting
Fayetteville, AR

February 22

BWA Town Branch Cleanup
Fayetteville, AR

February 23

Stakeholder meeting for 2018 Assessment Methodology Review
Little Rock, AR

February 23

BWA Speaker Series - Brian Teague, Community by Design
Elkins, AR

February 24
UA EcoREU Application Deadline

March 3
OCLWA Annual Conference Abstracts due for Oral and Poster Presentations
Jonesboro, AR

March 15

Deadline for artists to submit a sketch for storm drain art
Little Rock, AR

March 27-28

SEC Academic Conference
Starkville, MS

April 5-6
OCLWA Annual Conference Save the Date
Stillwater, OK

June 13-15
UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference
Fort Collins, CO

July 25-26
AWRC Annual Conference
Fayetteville, AR

September 27-28
ANRC Nonpoint Source Pollution Meeting
Little Rock, AR
Job Openings

Oregon State University - Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Program
Graduate Research Assistant
Corvallis, OR and Abroad

Arkansas Rural Water Association
Wastewater Managers, Operator
Little Rock, Sulfur Rock, Clinton, AR

City of Fort Smith
GIS Manager, Project Engineer
Fort Smith, AR

Lakeside Environmental Consultants
Utility Forester / Arborist
Batesville, AR


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