Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) News
– Various Dates: January 21-March 11, 2023
2.) Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Webinars
++ Water Reuse for Small Communities - What You Need to Know -- January 23, 2023
++ Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts for Water Sector Utilities -- January 31, 2023
3.) Implementation Plan (IP) Stakeholder Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for South Fork Holston River Watershed – January 25, 2023
4.) Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
++ Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics Fellowship – Application Deadline: January 25, 2023
++ NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship – Application Deadline: January 27, 2023.
++ 2024 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships – Application Deadline: February 16, 2023
5.) Call for Papers: StormCon – Submission Deadline: January 27, 2023; Conference: August 28-30, 2023
6.) Call for Abstracts: UCOWR/NIWR 2023 Water Resources Conference – Deadline: January 30, 2023, Conference: June 13-15, 2023
7.) Call for Abstracts: 2023 Ecological Engineering Conference -- Abstracts Due: January 31, 2023; Conference: June 6-9, 2023
8.) Polar Bear Plunge -- February 11, 2023
9.) Public Meeting and Comments Accepted: TMDL report for Select Tributaries of the James River – Meeting: February 15, 2023; Comment Period: February 15, 2023-March 17, 2023
10.) Seeking Water Quality Data for Virginia’s 2024 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report (IR) – Data Due: March 6, 2023
11.) Nominations Accepted: State Surface Waters for Inclusion in DEQ’s Annual Water Quality Monitoring Plan – Due: April 30, 2023
12.) Nominations Accepted: Paul L. Busch Award – Due: June 1, 2023
13.) Job Opportunities
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1.) Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) News – To learn more about these events and programs within the Prince William SWCD, contact Veronica Tangiri at waterq...@pwswcd.org.
++ Biological Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Ridge -- January 21, 2023
++ 5th Annual Prince William Native Plant Symposium -- February 11, 2023
++ Water Quality and Certification Event -- March 4, 2023 -- Broad Run Watershed -- Get experience collecting biological data to become a Virginia Save Our Streams Certified Monitor.
++ Bull Run Protectors Cleanup -- March 11, 2023
++ Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt a Waterway or Pond – Year Round -- Clean at least once a year for a two year commitment. Learn more at https://www.pwswcd.org/adopt-a-stream.
++ Volunteer Opportunity: Be a Water Quality Monitor – Learn more about collecting biological data at https://www.pwswcd.org/water-quality-monitoring.
++ Volunteer Opportunity: Chemical Water Monitoring -- Collect conductivity, pH, temperature, Dissolved Oxygen (DO), and turbidity at any established site or propose any waterbody/wetland.
2.) Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Webinars
++ Water Reuse for Small Communities - What You Need to Know -- January 23, 2023 (1-2pm) -- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3903422836581279499.
++ Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts for Water Sector Utilities -- January 31, 2023 (1-2pm) -- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6425344070106109279
3.) Implementation Plan (IP) Stakeholder Meeting: Watershed Cleanup Plan for South Fork Holston River Watershed – January 25, 2023 (9am) -- Abingdon, VA -- The meeting is open to the public, and any member of the public may participate in the proceedings. The meeting participants will assist in development of a cleanup plan to address bacteria impairments of the South Fork Holston River watershed in Smyth and Washington Counties. Learn more at https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=37467 or contact Stephanie Kreps at stephan...@deq.virginia.gov or 276-608-8811.
4.) Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunities
++ Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics Fellowship – Application Deadline: January 25, 2023 (5pm); Starts: August 1, 2023 – This PhD fellowship will support a student studying (1) population and ecosystem dynamics (PED) and (2) marine resource economics (MRE). There are 4 fellowships in PED and 1 fellowship in MRE. The fellowship can last up to 3 years. For more information, go to https://vaseagrant.org/nmfs-fellowship/. Supported by Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
++ NOAA Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship – Application Deadline: January 27, 2023 (5pm); Starts: August 1, 2023 – Provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. Up to nine fellows are placed with state coastal programs to provide assistance to state coastal zone management programs. For more information, go to https://vaseagrant.org/coastal-management-and-digital-coast-fellowship/. Supported by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.
++ 2024 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships – Application Deadline: February 16, 2023 (5pm); Fellowship begins: February 1, 2024 -- Eligible to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Fellows are matched with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area. Learn more and apply at https://vaseagrant.org/knauss-fellowship/.
5.) Call for Papers: StormCon – Submission Deadline: January 27, 2023; Conference: August 28-30, 2023 – Dallas, TX -- Topics include green infrastructure; flood modeling & mitigation; programs, permits, and compliance; BMP monitoring; and erosion control. Municipal and industrial stormwater managers, engineering consultants, researchers, regulatory personnel, and construction project managers are encouraged to submit papers. For more information and to apply, go to https://www.stormcon.com/2023/callforabstracts. Organized by Endeavor Business Media, LLC.
6.) Call for Abstracts: UCOWR/NIWR 2023 Water Resources Conference – Deadline: January 30, 2023, Conference: June 13-15, 2023 – Fort Collins, CO – Seeking abstracts that focus on water issues including water resources management, drought and flood management, water quality, groundwater management, water resources policy, and much more. For more information and abstract submission, go to https://ucowr.org/conference/abstract-submission/ or contact Karl Williard (uc...@siu.edu). Organized by the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).
7.) Call for Abstracts: 2023 Ecological Engineering Conference -- Abstracts Due: January 31, 2023; Conference: June 6-9, 2023 – Tampa, FL – Theme: “Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Communities" – Presenters will have the choice between a 12-15-minute oral presentation and a poster format. Topics include agricultural landscapes, climate resiliency, coastal restoration, ecological engineering career development, river/stream/floodplain restoration, natural treatment and remediation, urban infrastructure, watershed processes, and wetland design, restoration, and creation. For more information, go to https://www.ecoeng.org/2023-annual-meeting or contact Jess Boyer at boy...@usf.edu. Organized by the American Ecological Engineering Society.
8.) Polar Bear Plunge -- February 11, 2023 -- National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD – Theme: "Keep Winter Cold" -- Plungers take donations from their friends and family to support Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), in exchange for jumping into icy cold water. The Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) and others are forming teams of plungers and collecting donations. Learn more at https://us-p2p.engagingnetworks.app/7945/keepwintercold and https://us-p2p.engagingnetworks.app/7945/keepwintercold/127533/potomac-riverkeeper-network. Hosted by Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
9.) Public Meeting and Comments Accepted: TMDL report for Select Tributaries of the James River – Meeting: February 15, 2023 (5pm); Comment Period: February 15, 2023-March 17, 2023 -- Midlothian, VA – Identified streams are listed as impaired for Virginia’s water quality standards for aquatic life use due to benthic impairments. Learn more at https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=37512.
10.) Seeking Water Quality Data for Virginia’s 2024 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report (IR) – Data Due: March 6, 2023 -- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is requesting data in preparation of the 2024 Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report (IR). Seeking water quality data collected in Virginia between January 1, 2017- December 31, 2022. Use the Virginia Data Explorer (VDE) to submit water quality data. A webinar about the VDE will be held on February 7, 2023 (5:30-7:00pm). Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3893139104808588892. See https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/monitoring/citizen-monitoring and https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=2533 for more information.
11.) Nominations Accepted: State Surface Waters for Inclusion in DEQ’s Annual Water Quality Monitoring Plan – Due: April 30, 2023 -- Any person may request specific surface waters of the state be included in the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ's) annual water quality monitoring plan. Private ponds, privately owned lakes and any other body of water not deemed to be State Waters are ineligible. Requests must include, at a minimum (i) a geographical description of the water body recommended for monitoring; (ii) the reason the monitoring is requested, and (iii) any water quality data that the petitioner may have collected or compiled. DEQ will respond in writing on its approval or denial of each nomination. Nominations can be submitted by email (citize...@deq.virginia.gov), mail, or hand delivered to the receptionist’s desk at 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia. For more information, including a nominating form, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewNotice.cfm?GNID=2532.
12.) Nominations Accepted: Paul L. Busch Award – Due: June 1, 2023 -- Recognizes an individual for innovative research in the field of water quality and the water environment, with a special focus on those who show promise and make significant contributions in bridging research and its practical application. Recipients of the award are presented with a grant of $100,000 to continue their work, take risks, and explore new directions. Individuals from all segments of the water quality community are encouraged to submit nominations. Individuals may self-nominate or have their work submitted by a nominator. To learn more, see https://www.waterrf.org/paul-busch. Award provided by the Water Research Foundation’s Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research.
13.) Job Opportunities – To view a listing of current job opportunities and employment resources, see the Job Board at https://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/jobs/. Developed by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
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