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January 2018

There's Still Time for Undergraduates to Apply for Summer Research Experience
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Research Experience for Undergraduates program focusing on “Ecosystem Services at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water” at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
EcoREU is a ten week program during the summer of 2018 where students get to plan and conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students from anywhere in the country can apply for the EcoREU program at the U of A. And, NO PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!
One of the goals of the EcoREU is to provide opportunities for research experience to a diverse group of students; Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.
Students who participate in the program will get paid $5,500 over the course of the summer! You’ll also get free room and board plus travel assistance to and from the program.
The EcoREU will begin May 21, 2018 and end July 27. The deadline to apply is January 30.
 For more information and to apply, visit the EcoREU website at or email

Edge of Field Monitoring can be used to Evaluate On-Farm Pollution Reduction Strategies
Agriculture is a big part of Arkansas’s economy and an important factor in feeding the growing national and global population. At the same time, nutrients, sediments, and bacteria can enter our waterways from agricultural fields, potentially threatening water quality, recreational uses, and possibly human health. The transport of nutrients, sediments, and bacteria from agricultural fields should be addressed by scientific researchers, water resource managers, and agricultural producers together.
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture works to bridge science with on-farm activities to promote the use of agricultural best management practices. With funding from the US Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service, the UA Division of Agriculture co-sponsored with the Soil and Water Conservation Society a conference focusing on edge-of-field-monitoring (EOFM) in December 2015. That conference allowed farmers and researchers to talk about the latest science and best ways to reduce pollutant transport from fields to waterways.
The EOFM conference was such a successful event that the Soil and Water Conservation Society produced a
special edition of their journal that focuses entirely on EOFM for agriculture and water quality.


Draft Complete for Buffalo River Preservation Plan
From US News
The Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan draft recommends reducing pollutants that end up in streams in the watershed. A watershed drains into the body of water that it surrounds, and can bring in pollutants from the soil due to stream bank erosion, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .
"In Arkansas, that's a big issue in just about every watershed," said Allen Brown, program coordinator in the nonpoint source pollution management section of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which ordered the draft.
Recommendations include monitoring water quality, conducting special studies, providing education for visitors and residents, and applying management strategies.
The draft created by environmental consulting firm FTN Associates is the latest measure taken toward preserving the Buffalo River after concern over C&H Hog Farms, a large animal-feeding operation on Big Creek near where it meets the river.


104G Preproposals due February 15
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the FY 2018 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program (104G).
The 104G grant program is focused on water research into problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state. Preproposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds.
Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States may apply. In Arkansas, the researcher must submit their preproposal through the AWRC. Preproposals that include collaboration with the USGS are strongly encouraged.
Preproposals should be no more than 4 pages, not counting references. Thirty preproposals from across the country will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Preproposals are due by February 15 at 4:00 pm by emailing to the AWRC program manager, Erin Scott, at Preproposals will then be sent to the National Grants Competition Preproposal Peer Review Panel.
For more information and to view the RFP:

Arkansas Environmental Agency Denies Hog Farm's Permit
From 5NewsOnline

The state Department of Environmental Quality denied a northern Arkansas hog farm’s request for a new operating permit in the Buffalo National River’s watershed.
The department cited a lack of critical information provided in C&H Hog Farms’ permit application in their announcement Wednesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .
C&H Hog Farms applied almost two years ago for a new permit on liquid animal waste systems for the farm near Mount Judea. The farm has been operating on an indefinite extension of its expired permit.
The farm’s attorney, Bill Waddell, called the permit denial “incomprehensible.”


Researchers at the University of Arkansas and the US Geological Survey recently published an open-access article on their water-quality monitoring study associated with the hog farm:
"Nutrient Concentrations in Big Creek Correlate to Regional Watershed Land Use"

Abstracts, Award Nominations due for 2018 UCOWR Water Research Conference
Students and professionals in water research are invited to submit an abstract to present at this year’s Water Research Conference hosted by the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). The conference is scheduled for June 26-28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The conference gathers professionals in research, education, management, and policy to discuss water resource issues across the region, nation, and globe. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 22, 2018. View the call for abstracts on the conference website,
During the conference, UCOWR will recognize awardees in four categories. Those categories include the
Warren A. Hall Medal, Friends of UCOWR, Education and Public Service, and PhD Dissertation awards. If you want to nominate someone for an award, email the Arkansas Water Resources Center program manager, Erin Scott, with all the nomination materials by January 31st. Information about each award and the nomination requirements can be found here.
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Calendar of Events

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

February 26
WaterSmart Innovations Conference - Call for Abstracts Deadline
Las Vegas, NV

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

University of Arkansas Ecosystems Services REU
Summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Fayetteville, AR

University of Wisconsin Coastal Management Sea Grant Program

Science-Policy Fellowship (paid)
Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute

Science-Policy Fellowship (paid)
Madison, WI

Winrock International
Community Based Food Systems Intern
Little Rock, AR

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


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