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March 2018

Call for Presentations at AWRC Annual Water Conference 2018
Join the Arkansas Water Resources Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas for our annual water conference scheduled for July 23-24. This year’s theme is “The Value of Water” which will address the relationships between water supplies and industries.
We are inviting proposals for presentations from professionals and students from all water resources sectors and on a variety of topics.

Who should submit a talk:
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Utilities
  • Industry environmental resource managers
  • Consulting firms
  • Watershed groups
  • State agencies
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Animal industry (production or processing)
  • Crop industry (production or processing)
  • Drinking water industry
  • Importance of water to municipalities
  • Ecosystem services
  • Reclaimed water
  • Activities from non-profit organizations
The deadline to submit an abstract is April 11, 2018 and should be emailed to Erin Scott at Abstracts should be less than 250 words and include the presenting authors name and affiliation, co-authors names and affiliations if applicable, and presentation title. 
Visit the
conference website to stay up to date on conference activities. For questions, contact Erin Scott,

AWRC Produces Exciting Water-Quality Video
The Arkansas Water Resources Center teamed up with a videographer to produce a “how-to” video on water-quality sampling. The video describes how people can properly collect a water sample from a pond and submit the sample to the water quality lab, which is open to the public.
The video stars our own Dr. Brad Austin and Ph.D. student Abbie Lasater, with cameos from lab staff Keith Trost and Brina Smith.
Pond water can be used for many different purposes including watering livestock, irrigating crops, filling aquaculture ponds, and more. Pond water should be tested periodically to ensure the water quality is acceptable for its given use.


Researchers can Submit Papers to the Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research
Researchers are invited to submit papers to the Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research, a publication of the Arkansas Water Resources Center. The Bulletin provides a valuable outlet for researchers to communicate project findings that might not be published in national or international journals, yet is extremely important to stakeholders in Arkansas.
Funding agencies and grant programs often require researchers to include a data management and information transfer plan in proposal requirements. The Bulletin addresses this need by allowing research results to be disseminated in a freely accessible (open access), easily searchable, and aesthetically engaging way.


Proposed Regulation for Nutrient Trading Up for Public Comment
The Northwest Arkansas Nutrient Trading Research and Advisory Group (“advisory group” hereafter) submitted a draft of a proposed regulation for nutrient trading to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission in January of this year. The proposed regulation is open for public comment, with public hearings held in Little Rock on March 27 and in Fayetteville on March 29. The deadline for submitting written comments is April 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm CST.
Act 335 was enacted by the Arkansas Legislature in 2015, which simply gave authority to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to establish and regulate water quality trading programs, or allow for a third party to submit a regulation. Since that time, the advisory group has drafted the proposed regulation and submitted it as a third party. The advisory group is an association of professionals from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.
In only seven pages, the proposed regulation outlines the application requirements and approval process.


Mississippi Water Conference Coming Up April 3-4
The annual conference of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute will be held on April 3 and 4 in Jackson, Mississippi.
With so many topics to cover and more than 60 oral presentations, the agenda is split into two concurrent sessions. Topics include groundwater availability and irrigation, water treatment, nutrient management, coastal issues, and more.
Dr. Brian Haggard, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center plans to attend. “I love the Mississippi water conference,” he says. “Not only is it valuable to see how Mississippi is tackling some of the same water issues we face in Arkansas, but it’s also a great conference to network with other people and build a framework for potential collaboration.”
Registration is still open. Visit their
conference website for more information and a link to register.
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Calendar of Events

March 24
BWA Town Branch Cleanup
Fayetteville, AR

March 24
NWA Land Trust Botany Talk with Theo Witsell
Fayetteville, AR

March 25-28
AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference
Seattle, WA

March 27
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Water Security and Resiliency

April 3-4
Mississippi Water Conference
Jackson, MS

April 4-5
Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference
Stillwater, OK

April 5
IRWP Green Infrastructure Academy
Cave Springs, AR

April 7

OWW Table Rock Lake Shoreline Cleanup
Various locations around the lake

April 14
BWA East Fork White River Cleanup
Elkins, AR

April 17
Fourche Creek BioBlitz
Little Rock, AR

April 18
IRWP Commercial Low Impact Development Field Tour
Fayetteville, AR

July 23-24
Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference
Fayetteville, AR

October 3-6
Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources Conference
Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, India

November 28-29
Bays and Bayous Symposium
Mobile, AL
Job Openings

The Nature Conservancy
Global Water Lead Scientist
Arlington, VA

Winrock International

Regional Food Systems Senior Program Associate
Little Rock, AR

Walton Family Foundation

Environmental Program Officer - Mississippi River
Washington, DC

Wisconsin Water Resources Institute
Water Resource Science-Policy Fellow
Madison, WI


Senior Manager for Environmental Water Compliance
Bentonville, AR

To see more jobs in environmental science, visit our JOBS page.


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