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July 2018
In this issue: 
AWRC Conference ǀ 104B Call for Pre-Proposals ǀ Secchi Day ǀ Storm Damages Research Center ǀ USDA CRP

AWRC Conference Just a Few Days Away!
Online registration is still open for the annual conference of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, to be held on July 23-24, 2018 at the Fayetteville Town Center. All attendees receive complimentary conference t-shirt!

The conference theme is "The Value of Water", and the program covers a wide range of topics about how valuable water is to our economy and the importance of proactive management decisions to sustain adequate water supplies.

Visit our conference webpage for more information.

Call for Pre-Proposals in Water Research for USGS 104B Grant Program
The Arkansas Water Resources Center is inviting pre-proposals for research that addresses critical water issues in Arkansas.

Request for Pre-Proposals: visit our
website to view the RFP.

Eligibility: Any faculty member or affiliate at a college or university in Arkansas, or a student with a faculty advisor is eligible to apply. Federal employees are NOT eligible as a principal investigator, but can collaborate with faculty as a co-investigator.

Funding: Funding is contingent upon USGS funds being provided. We anticipate funding faculty researchers up to $25,000 and student researchers up to $10,000.
Deadline: The deadline to submit pre-proposals is August 24, 2018 by 5:00 pm CST.

For any questions, please contact Erin Scott,

13th Annual Secchi Day is Scheduled for August 18 in Northwest Arkansas
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is a FREE event scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9 am to 1 pm. Festivities will be at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas on Highway 12.
There’s a Science Education Festival that includes activities for all ages! There will be hands-on science education fun, a firetruck, free kayak rides, snacks, lunch, and lots of giveaways. The grand prize is a FREE kayak donated by Cabela's.
Secchi Day is also a time when volunteer citizen scientists gather water quality information from all over Beaver Lake. More than thirty groups of volunteers collect a water sample and measure secchi depth across the lake all in one day! They use a secchi disk to measure water clarity, or how deep into the water they can still see the secchi disk.
Secchi Day is meant to help inform people about water quality in Beaver Lake, which supplies drinking water to almost half a million people, or 1 in 7 people in Arkansas.
For more information about activities or how to volunteer, visit the Secchi Day website at

Severe Storm Damages Turfgrass Research, Cancels Field Day
From U of A System Division of Agriculture

A brief but violent storm that swept through Fayetteville Monday damaged research structures on the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center, resulting in the cancellation of a turfgrass research field day and likely loss of a year’s worth of data.

Mike Richardson, professor of horticulture and turfgrass researcher for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said three hoop houses used for drought research were destroyed. Each structure cost about $25,000.


USDA Resumes CRP Signup
From Delta Farm Press

USDA will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is an important component of the suite of voluntary conservation programs USDA makes available to agricultural producers, benefiting both the land and wildlife. On the road, I often hear firsthand how popular CRP is for our recreational sector; hunters, fishermen, conservationists and bird watchers,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “CRP also is a powerful tool to encourage agricultural producers to set aside unproductive, marginal lands that should not be farmed to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.” 

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Calendar of Events

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

July 26
Construction Stormwater Workshop
Huntsville, AR

July 31
Beaver Watershed Alliance Native Seed Collection
Fayetteville, AR

July 31
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Distribution System Optimization

August 18
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake
Rogers, AR

August 28
Construction Stormwater Workshop
Elkins, AR

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

October 24-26
National Institutes for Water Resources Regional Symposium
Lincoln, NE

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

Central Arkansas Water
Little Rock, AR

The Nature Conservancy
Urban Waters Intern
Topeka, KS

Ozark Natural Science Center
Teacher Naturalist
Huntsville, AR

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


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