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June 2018

Register by  July 16, Receive FREE AWRC Conference T-shirt
The deadline to register for the upcoming Arkansas Water Resources Center annual conference is July 16, 2018. Those who register by this time will receive a FREE conference t-shirt!
The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24 at the Fayetteville Town Center.
We’ve got a great group of presenters who will cover a variety of topics related to “The Value of Water”, this year’s conference theme. In Arkansas and surrounding states, we rely on water for agriculture, recreation, drinking water, and ecosystem services. This year’s conference will facilitate a conversation about how valuable water is to the economy and the need to be proactive in management decisions to sustain our water supplies.
Also this year we’re teaming up with the Arkansas chapter of the American Water Resources Association to hold their annual symposium on Tuesday afternoon. The focus of the symposium is on “The Value of Citizen Science Programs in Watershed Water-Quality Management.” All conference participants are encouraged to attend the symposium, and those who do will receive a FREE annual membership to AR-AWRA.
To register, go to by July 16.
For more information about the conference agenda, location, and hotel accommodations, visit our conference

AWRC Welcomes Graphic Design Student Intern
Abby Sandifeer (pictured above), a rising senior at the University of Arkansas, has joined the Arkansas Water Resources Center as this year’s summer intern. 
“I’m really excited to have Abby this summer,” says Erin Scott, AWRC program manager. “We have a lot of exciting things for her to work on.”
Abby will focus her time supporting the AWRC’s information transfer mission. She will develop content to help share valuable information about the AWRC Water Quality Lab and the resources available to researchers and the public. She will also revitalize our efforts to bring awareness of the Water Center and relevant water issues to the student body at the University of Arkansas.
“I’m eager to spend my summer working with AWRC, creating fun graphics to encourage greater water literacy and awareness of the Center, for students and the general public.”

Abby is working on a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and wants to become a high school teacher. In her spare time, Abby likes to hike, volunteer with her church, and binge watch shows on Netflix.
This is the fifth year of the student internship program at the AWRC. Students have worked on projects from watershed mapping to website design and development.
For questions about the Center or the internship program, contact Erin Scott at

Deadline Extended to Submit Papers to the Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research
The deadline to submit a paper to the Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research has been extended to July 29, 2018. The Bulletin is a publication of the Arkansas Water Resources Center and provides a valuable outlet for researchers to communicate project findings.
The Bulletin is designed to share water research relevant to Arkansas water stakeholders in a fast, easily searchable, and aesthetically engaging way. It is a great way to share information that might not be published in national or international journals, yet can be very useful for water resource managers in Arkansas.  The bulletin is a great place to publish student research or class projects.
Further, the Bulletin can be used to publish data which might even be part of larger dataset to be published later. The Bulletin will not have rights to your work, so you can still publish the larger data or project elsewhere.
For more information, visit our
website. If you have any questions or would like to submit a paper to the Bulletin, please contact the editors: Dr. Brian Haggard at or Erin Scott at

Researchers Found Little Effect of Natural Gas Development on an Arkansas River
Researchers studying potential effects of natural gas development on chemical and biological properties in an Arkansas river found almost no detectable changes in water quality.
Dr. Brad Austin, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arkansas, along with colleagues from the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas, studied water quality in the South Fork of the Little Red River (SFLRR) in central Arkansas.
The researchers measured water quality indicators before and after, and upstream and downstream, from natural gas infrastructure development in the Fayetteville Shale. They measured water chemistry such as nutrients, and biological indicators such as algal biomass and insect densities and communities.
They found no detectable changes in water chemistry, algal biomass, or aquatic insect densities.

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Calendar of Events

June 26
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Source Water Protection

June 27
EPA Water Research Webinar - Microbial Source Tracking Tools

June 28
Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Conservation Win Win Workshop
Rogers, AR

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

July 31
Beaver Watershed Alliance Native Seed Collection
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

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
Environmental Education Intern
Fayetteville, AR

Environmental Protection Agency

Engineer/Scientist Enforcement Inspector
Dallas, TX

Sustainability Consortium
Data Science Manager
Fayetteville, AR

Communities Unlimited
GIS Specialist
Fayetteville, AR

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


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