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December 2017

It's Official, the AWRC Lab Moved to New State of the Art Research Facility!
The Arkansas Water Resources Center Water Quality Lab moved to the new Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences at 1371 W Altheimer Drive in Fayetteville, room 133. This state-of-the art research facility is just a stones throw away from the old location at the Biomass Research Center, and is still located off of Garland Avenue, or Highway 112.
The AWRC operates a fee-based public water quality lab where anyone can ship or drop off a water sample for analysis. The lab will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for water sample drop-off and analysis. The Lab is certified by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for nutrients, sediments, metals, bacteria, and more.
The Lab also offers several analytical “packages” aimed at helping farmers, agricultural producers, and the general public understand the quality of their water for a specific use. The Lab has packages for irrigation, livestock, poultry, aquaculture, domestic, environmental, and a complete package that includes nearly everything we offer.
For those who aren’t sure what to do with the results once you get them, the lab has you covered. Fact sheets are available online and provide information to compare test results with values that indicate good or acceptable water quality. Find the fact sheets here:
For more information about services of the AWRC Water Quality Lab, visit
For more about the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, click here.

Bipartisan Group of 53 Lawmakers Urge Robust Funding for Harmful Algal Blooms
Ohio Congress members Marcy Kaptur and David Joyce led a bipartisan group of 53 lawmakers to write a letter to the Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, asking for robust funding for programs that address harmful algal blooms (HABs).
“A strong investment in programs that address toxic algae will help protect economic activity, the health of U.S. citizens, and our environment,” the Members wrote.
HABs are a widespread issue that affect every state in the nation. The letter references several recent examples of these impacts, including:
  • 400,000 residents who couldn’t drink their water for three days after a massive bloom in Lake Erie;
  • a toxic bloom from southern California to Alaska that closed hundreds of miles of shellfish and crab fisheries and cost tens of millions of dollars from one fishery alone;
  • 130 people reporting vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and rashes after coming in contact with toxic water from a bloom in Utah Lake;
  • major shellfish recalls and harvesting closures across coastlines in New England; and
  • counties in Florida declaring a state of emergency after blooms led tourists to say they’d vacation elsewhere. 
“We strongly support investment in science, research, and management to increase our capacity to forecast, detect, and prevent HABs, as well as to lessen their impacts on human health and economies across the country,” the Members continued.


Undergraduate Students Can Gain Summer Research Experience at the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is soliciting applications for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience while working with a faculty advisor. The focus is on the “Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water” (EcoREU).
The EcoREU program is open to all undergraduate students from any college or university. Also, there’s a particular focus on supporting Native American students and other underrepresented groups. The best thing is, NO PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!


Inaugural Issue of the Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research Now Available
There is a lot of research being done in Arkansas that can provide valuable information to water stakeholders throughout the State. The research itself can come with a multitude of challenges, and sometimes what to do with that information can be even more difficult. But, sharing research results with the public is tantamount to the research itself.
The Arkansas Bulletin of Water Research was developed by the Arkansas Water Resources Center to provide an 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. It’s also an outlet for research that is funded through the AWRC-US Geological Survey 104B grant program so that anyone can see results of AWRC-sponsored research.
Center director, Brian Haggard says this bulletin fills a need for sharing water research information in Arkansas. “We wanted an outlet to show everyone the valuable research we sponsor at the Water Center,” Haggard says. “We also hope that other people will use this bulletin to get research results out to the public quickly and easily, and have it archived on the web.”


Call for Abstracts to National Water Resources Conference
The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) are hosting their annual water resources conference next summer. The conference will be held on June 26-28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Conference organizers are calling for abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts are due by January 22, 2018 and must be submitted


Register for 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference
Registration is now open for the 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo. The meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2018 at the First National Bank Arena (formerly the Arkansas State University Convocation Center) in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Register for the conference by January 19th to get the early-registration rate of $20. You can still register after January 19th and can even register at the door the morning of for $40.

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Calendar of Events

January 9
AWRA Conference: GIS and Water - Call for Abstracts
Orlando, FL

January 22
Universities Council of Water Resources Conference - Call for Abstracts
Pittsburgh, PA

January 30
EcoREU deadline to apply for undergraduate research experience
Fayetteville, AR

January 31
Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference
Jonesboro, AR

February 2
Universities Council on Water Resources deadline to nominate for awards

February 15
Preproposals due for the AWRC-USGS 104G National Competitive Grants Program

March 12-13
Geological Society of America South-Central Section Annual Meeting
Little Rock, AR

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

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

NWA Land Trust
Intern for the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom
Fayetteville, AR

Institute of Botanical Training

Botanical Research Assistant
Springfield, MO

Integrity Energy Services
Energy Engineer
Seattle, WA

FTN Associates

Multiple Openings as Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Field Technician, Hydrologist
Fayetteville, AR, Little Rock, AR, Baton Rouge, LA

The Nature Conservancy
Conservation Coordinator
Valdivia, Chile

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