Sure it’s fun! But skiing the last of the snowpack in March in shorts is not how it should be in Colorado. Snowpack was thin in most of the US this year (can you guess where the exception was?). No snow in the Western US means more than a bad year for the ski areas. Winters like 2011-2012 can potentially cause problems for millions of water users in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and California.
One way AWRA helps solve the water problems of the future is to support the students of today. That support comes in many forms: direct scholarships given to deserving students by both the National organization and many AWRA State Sections; student-professional networking events; and student activities with plenty of opportunities to hone their presentation skills at AWRA conferences. One of my “Presidential” actions has been to change the way AWRA National handles your donations to the Herbert Scholarship fund. In the past all donations to this fund went into an endowment account and only the interest on that account was available for scholarship. But now the account has grown large enough so that we can safely provide both the interest money and a portion of your donations directly to the students. So please show your support for AWRA’s mission of supporting education by making a donation this year to the Herbert Scholarship fund.
I want to take a moment to highlight two educational opportunities in Colorado for students who are interested in water resources. Dr. Jörg Drewes at Colorado School of Mines runs AQWATEC (the Advanced Water Technology Center). This research center provides students with the opportunity to do cutting edge research in support of the Center¹s mission that is to advance the science of water treatment processes for potable and nonpotable water supplies. Dr. Tom Cech at Metropolitan State Collage of Denver runs the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship. This new program (starts this Fall) will help students become urban water stewards through course work, co-curricular events, and applied learning activities that blend science, engineering, and the arts.
Two more nominations for the AWRA list of points of Hydrologic Interest.
- Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau, Alaska – “the exception” in the photo above. Great skiing just 15 minutes from Juneau. With about 400 inches of snow near the top when I skied there in March, this area was deep in hydrologic resources!
- Coopers Landing, Coopers Landing, Missouri – Where else can you enjoy a sunset over a wild and scenic portion of the Missouri River, while enjoying beer and wine, great Thai food; bluegrass music, Bones the tambourine juggling percussionist, and cultural features such as BoatHenge.
2012 AWRA President
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