Program: Sustainable Agriculture Program
Closing Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
The purpose of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is to encourage research and outreach designed to increase knowledge concerning agricultural production systems that:
1.maintain and enhance the quality and productivity of the soil;
2.conserve soil, water, energy, natural resources, and fish and wildlife habitat;
3.maintain and enhance the quality of surface and ground water;
4.protect the health and safety of persons involved in the food and farm system;
5.promote the well-being of animals; and
6.increase employment opportunities in agriculture (7 U.S.C. 5801 and 5811). For more information
Tuesday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 17 in Yakima, WA at the Yakima Convention Center.
The Washington Stormwater Center is in need of volunteers to help with the Washington State Municipal Stormwater Conference, MuniCon 2017. Over 300 municipal stormwater managers and related stormwater professionals around the state are registered to attend. This is a great opportunity to expand your network in stormwater by making connections and to learn about industry tools and cutting-edge management techniques.
Commit to work a four-hour shift, preferably starting at 7 am or 11 am either day of the conference. We will work with you on scheduling and will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
On conference days, we will need help with administrative tasks, information services, presentation assistance and other assigned tasks.
Please send your name, the best way and time to reach you (e.g. text, e-mail), volunteer work time preference, and any dietary restrictions to Laurie Larson at email@example.com or 253-445-4593.
Seeking graduate students with research, experience, or interest in the areas of water demand management, water supply, and water conservation.
To facilitate student attendance, WSI is funding 20 graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student scholarships to participate in their conference. The scholarship will pay for the students a) full conference registration, b) registration for one pre-conference workshop or post-conference technical tour, c) three nights lodging at the conference hotel, d) up to $500 reimbursement for round trip airfare including luggage fees or up to $250 reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle for travel, and e) a $100 prepaid VISA card to assist with meals and miscellaneous costs. Students will be responsible for their own local transit, parking, and meals. Recipients will be reimbursed for travel by check at the conference. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1300.
Please respond via email to Jon Yoder (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jacqueline McCabe (email@example.com) by May 4 if you would like to receive a graduate student scholarship. If you wish to be considered for an oral presentation slot, we will need their contact information and 300 word maximum abstract submitted by May 4, 2017. If you are planning to present a poster, we will need contact information (name and email) before or by May 17, 2017.
FINAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline: April 22, 2017
$8,000 in Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships
The Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Fund honors Richard A. Herbert — a champion for water resources education — who passed away in 1994. Through the generosity of AWRA members and their commitment to his vision, AWRA is proud to announce the availability of more than $8,000 in scholarships derived from the proceeds of this fund.
Agricultural air emissions produce significant local, regional and global impacts, such as odor, particulate matter (PM) exposure, eutrophication, acidification, climate effects, exposure to toxics, and pathogens. Excess reactive nitrogen threatens the quality of air, soil, and water, with implications for human health and the environment. Most important in the US are ammonia (where agriculture accounts for ~90% of total emissions), reduced sulfur (unquantified), PM2.5 (~16%), PM10 (~18%), methane (29%), nitrous oxide (72%); and odor and emissions of pathogens (both unquantified). Reactive nitrogen inputs in the US and the world have been increasing, largely due to human activities associated with food production and fossil fuel combustion. Despite the obvious benefits of a plentiful supply of food and energy, the adverse consequences associated with the accumulation of reactive nitrogen in the environment are large. Nitrogen pollution poses an even greater challenge than carbon, because once a new reactive nitrogen molecule is created, it can, in sequence, travel throughout the environment contributing to major environmental problems, i.e., the nitrogen cascade. There is a need for an integrated nitrogen management strategy and new policies that cover these concerns, while simultaneously challenging the scientific community to continue quantifying the benefits of nitrogen mitigation.
Good communication skills are critical not only for increasing public understanding of environmental science, but also for crossing disciplinary boundaries and helping to inform important societal decisions. This workshop is designed for environmental scientists and students who’d like to learn how to tailor their ideas and information for the general public. Led by several award-winning local faculty, including Scott Slovic from University of Idaho, and Peter Chilson, Linda Russo and Debbie Lee from WSU, this 1.5 hr workshop will include a discussion of several models of powerful science writing, and provide hands-on training in small groups to offer strategies for reaching non-scientists. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: http://cereo.wsu.edu/envsci-writing-workshop/
If you care about Green Energy, Water Rights, and The Salmon Population
Join us for WRC YP@WSU Snake River Dams Debate
Join Washington Policy Center’s Young Professionals Club at WSU for a lively discussion over the future of the Snake River Dams. State and local experts will be there to debate the question: Should the Snake River Dams be removed?
The Day 1 half day schedule and agenda is complete. Day one provides three workshops/ training sessions options. Day 1 Pre-Conference Activity (organized and hosted by the Eastern Washington Stormwater Group) Join the Eastern Washington Stormwater Group during this 2-hour open house as they present posters of their BMP Effectiveness Studies.
The Day 2 schedule is complete. The Day 2 agenda tracks are completing the review process by the municipal advisory committee (comprised of municipal stormwater managers statewide) and Ecology with the goal of completion March 2nd.
RICHLAND, Wash. – After growing up in drought-afflicted Ethiopia, Yonas Demissie values water. His research to manage the life-sustaining resource reaches from the U.S. military to the Nile River basin, from Washington’s Hanford nuclear site to biofuels crops and the Gulf of Mexico.
“Here in the U.S., we take water for granted,” said Demissie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities. “Our daily water use is as much as 10 times that of a person in other countries where water is in limited supply” – in Ethiopia, for example, where just 42 percent of the country’s 94 million people have access to clean water.
“Having a good understanding of water as a resource and coming up with a better management strategy is critical for most societies,” he said.