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May 2016
Water Quality Experts from across the Nation to Present at AWRC Conference
The conference program is finalized and includes speakers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Colorado, and Michigan. Hearing from experts from around the country will provide the opportunity for researchers and State policy-makers to learn about what is working and what isn’t working to address some of the most pressing water resource issues. 

The focus of this year’s conference is “Nutrients, Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms”. During the first day of the conference, you’ll hear topics on nutrient sources and transport, TMDLs and nutrient criteria development, and the complex nature of water quality management and how we can overcome challenges. 

The second day of the conference will focus on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and cyanotoxins. You’ll hear talks on some of the best ways to monitor for HABs and cyanotoxins, how lake managers have learned to respond to blooms, and cyanotoxin regulations and the risks to public health. (Cyanobacteria can look neat under the microscope - see image below - but they can also be a public health threat.)

All of these topics are becoming increasingly important to source water protection, drinking water systems, and recreational management of surface waters. 

The conference will be held on July 26-27 at the
Fayetteville Town Center in Fayetteville, AR.

Visit our
conference webpage to view the program, to register, or for more information about conference proceedings or hotel accommodations. If you have any questions, or would like to sponsor this event, contact Erin Scott at
Up to $200,000 Available for Faculty Research
The Institute for Water Resources (IWR), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) requests proposals for grants to support applied research in specific areas related to water resources in the U.S. 

The purpose is to stimulate investigation that develops and communicates practical alternatives to certain challenges in national water policy. Priority topics for funding have expanded from previous years and include, but are not limited to:
  • Solutions to reduce flooding and improve public safety in areas of severe and repetitive flooding
  • Address challenges of management decisions regarding complex jurisdictional boundaries having conflicts of interest between federal, state, tribal, and or local levels
  • Harmonize local or regional values with Federal interests to achieve solutions in water resources issues
  • Describe options for divestment of USACE infrastructure and investment for state, local or other entities.

Preferred applications are those that meet the following objectives:
  • Promote collaboration between the IWR or USACE and university researchers
  • Address USACE water resources mission areas (click here to view the USACE missions)
  • Includes strong student support.
Visit our website to view the RFP for information about funding details, proposal requirements, and the review and selection process.

Eligibility is open to research faculty at accredited colleges or universities. Faculty submissions within Arkansas must be made through the Arkansas Water Resources Center. Please contact Center Director, Brian Haggard ( if you plan to submit a proposal. The deadline to submit is September 1, 2016 by 4:00 P.M. EST. Please plan to submit your proposal to the Center Director before this date.
$8.8 Million to Protect Water Quality in NW Arkansas
By Beaver Water District
April 26, 2016

The Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) is pleased to announce more than $8.8 million will be devoted to a portion of the West Fork of the White River Watershed to improve and protect water quality in Northwest Arkansas over the next five years.
The West Fork of the White River is a major tributary that flows to the White River which forms Beaver Lake, the primary drinking water source for one in seven Arkansans. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) selected the WCRC’s “West Fork White River Watershed Initiative” project to receive $4.3 million in federal dollars to conduct river restoration and implement other best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands through their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
An array of partners joined the WCRC to support this effort.  Partners’ contributions total over $4.5 million dollars in both cash and in-kind matching funds.  Participating organizations include the WCRC,  Beaver Water District, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Walton Family Foundation,  NRCS state and county offices, Washington County Conservation District, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Cities of West Fork and Fayetteville, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.
The RCPP promotes innovative projects that integrate multiple conservation approaches to work on a common resource issue, such as maintaining water quality through stream restoration and conservation practice application. The competitive grant process takes a great deal of work on the part of partners. The “West Fork White River Watershed Initiative” will help ensure good quality water flows in the river and enhances the source of drinking water for Northwest Arkansas. The WCRC proposal was one of 265 applications submitted throughout the United States and was one of 84 selected.

$10 Million Available from USDA-AFRI for Water Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is soliciting proposals for the “Water for Agriculture Challenge Area”. The focus of this challenge is on improving water resource quantity and quality in agriculture. 

Those eligible for funding include faculty researchers at colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, businesses, individuals, and many others. Project types that are supported include research, education, and extension projects. 

Proposal applications are due by August 4, 2016. Visit the
AFRI – Water for Agriculture Challenge Area website for more information and to view the Request for Proposals. 

You can also see their
website to view AFRI RFAs for other project areas.
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Calendar of Events

May 31
EPA Small Systems Webinar Series - Harmful Algal Blooms

June 4
War Eagle Appreciation Day
Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville, AR

June 21
Arkansas Environmental Education Association Expo
Huntsville, AR

June 21-23
UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference
Pensacola Beach, FL

July 16

OWW StreamSmart Training Workshop
Rogers, AR

July 26-27

AWRC Water Research Conference
Fayetteville, AR

August 20

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake
Prairie Creek, AR
Job Openings

University of Oklahoma
Postdoctoral Research in Water Resources
Norman, OK

US Forest Service
Tallahassee, FL

Arkansas Rural Water Association
Multiple postings for managers and operators
Higginson, Little Rock, Cabot, AR

Arkansas Department of Health
Multiple for engineer and engineer technician
Little Rock, AR