State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010DE197B
Title: DWRC Information Transfer
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: At Large
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Water Supply, Education
Keywords: outreach programs on water resources
Principal Investigators: J. Thomas Sims (University of Delaware); Pautler, Maria
Federal Funds: $ 500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 173
Abstract: One of the major ongoing activities of the DWRC is to disseminate information on water resources to all interested individuals in Delaware and other states. The DWRC has a website to facilitate this and also bi-annually publishes a newsletter ("DWRC Water News") which is distributed to approximately 400 individuals and organizations in the state and the U.S. We also distribute, through our e-mail list-serv, a monthly electronic newsletter ("DWRC Water E-News") to all water-related faculty and staff at the University of Delaware and many individuals in state and federal agencies, and local/regional water organizations. The "Water E-News" is used to rapidly distribute information on new publications, upcoming meetings, grant proposals, etc., to interested individuals. We have also established a formal link with the University of Delaware's undergraduate research program to distribute information to interested students about opportunities for water resources research. For those students who participate in a research project, they present their results during a University-wide poster session. Each year that it is held, we co-sponsor a water resources conference with the University of Delaware Water Resources Agency, the Delaware Geological Survey, and the State of Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. In 2010 the DWRC initiated new objectives under the UD WATER Project (Watershed Action Team for Ecological Restoration) on the University of Delaware campus. These are: 1) to begin implementation of best management practices that will protect water quality in the local White Clay Creek, and 2) to conduct monitoring and environmental education programs that demonstrate the value of ecologically based stormwater management practices. We also hosted visiting scientists from China Agricultural University and maintained the relationship with the University of Delaware Institute of Soil and Environmental Quality to co-sponsor our annual water resources educational event held in the spring at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' "Ag Day". In FY2012, we will continue such activities.

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