TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 January 2016

January 29, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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6a00d8341bf80a53ef01b7c80e2f47970b-250wiI am enjoying a brief stay in the DC area – across the street from Dulles International Airport.  It’s the annual AWRA Board of Directors meeting.

Signs of the recent snowstorm are quite evident although it is not as bad as I thought. This picture is from the town of Middleburg, VA, about 20 miles west of Dulles. It was taken on 27 January – three days after the storm. Still almost two feet of snow, plus berms blocking the sidewalks.  These berms have now been moved out of the way as of today, hauled away by trucks.

The following is a little bit of humor from the Shit Academics Say Twitter.


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Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” - Tom Lehrer

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22 January 2016

January 22, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Since many of you read this weekly post for the jobs, I thought I would feature some sites you might find useful.

1) Check out @AidJobs - Vacancies in aid, development, humanitarian & nonprofit sector (volunteers, consultants or F-T employment)

2) Check out @BCWaterNews Jobs – Updated often – Click ‘View Jobs’ at 

3) Positions: @EcologyWA - Current Openings – Updated every few days

4) UN Jobs in Water Resources

5) UN Jobs in Water Management

6) UN Jobs in Water and Sanitation

7) Global Water Jobs

8) WASH Vacancies

220px-Glenn_FreyRest in peace, Glenn Frey - see today’s quote. Already gone, much too early!

Stay dry and safe in DC and environs this weekend. Big snow en route!

Can’t help but post this great cartoon from Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune. Let’s hope the folks of Flint are finally getting relief from a problem that never should have occurred.


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“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key .” - Already Gone by The Eagles, written by Jack Tempchin and Robert Strandlund

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 9 – 15 January 2016

January 15, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Funny. I am finally getting around (after six years on my shelf!) to reading William Ashworth’s OBLUE
Ogallala Blue
when a Texas friend calls and asks if I would like to visit his institution to speak on the general topic of ‘Water Lessons for Texas’. Too good to pass up! I am already scheduled to speak to groups in Lubbock (4 February) and San Antonio (8 April) so I’ll just add a late March visit to the the Lone Star State to make it three consecutive months.


Anyone for May?

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“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.” - Davy Crockett

January 2016 President’s Message

January 15, 2016 | Posted by admin
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Martha Naravaez, AWRA President

Martha Narvaez, AWRA President

January 2016 President’s Column, Water Resources IMPACT

At the risk of using a cliché one too many times, this upcoming year is a watershed moment for me. For many years I have worked with AWRA on a national, state, and regional level, first as a student and then professionally. I have seen several sides of the organization, formed multiple valuable relationships and received countless benefits through my different roles. It is now that I realize how much both AWRA and I have evolved during our relationship. When I initiated my AWRA membership almost 15 years ago I did not realize the importance AWRA would play in my professional and personal development. The benefits and opportunities that have come from my association with AWRA are numerous. In May 2014 I wrote then-president Mark Dunning my letter to accept the position as president-elect. At that time I felt much anticipation and excitement over the opportunity to serve in this role. As I sit today and write my first “President’s Message” I feel this same excitement for what lies ahead in the coming year.

Since I am the new president of AWRA, I think you should know a bit about my background. I happened into the field of water resources after graduating from Lehigh University with a BS in Biology. I wasn’t quite sure who or what I wanted to be when I grew up. Through the kindness of the City of Wilmington, Delaware’s public works director, who was willing to hire a recent graduate with little or no knowledge of water resources, I quickly learned the value, necessity, and complexity. I realized it was a field I wanted to pursue.

I then pursued my MPA degree from the University of Delaware where I specialized in watershed management.  My academic advisor at the time—an instrumental mentor and my current director and a dedicated AWRA member—was the first to make me aware of this great organization and the benefits and opportunities that result from membership. Throughout my career my AWRA membership has served as a solid resource and community as I pursued positions with federal, nonprofit, and private organizations in Maryland, Florida, and Delaware. In my current position, Policy Scientist at the University of Delaware Water Resources Center, I am responsible for providing regional watershed technical, policy, and research support to state and local governments; University staff and faculty; and nonprofit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region. Through it all AWRA has continued to be my mainstay.

During my tenure I hope to build on the momentum of past presidents and strengthen AWRA. Overall, I feel it is important to address the most pressing water resource issues and to continue AWRA’s strong reputation as a multi-disciplinary water resources association that is well-respected and inclusive of students and professionals.  More specifically, I believe it is critical for AWRA to be an organization that is attractive to all levels of professionals in the water resources field, cutting across generations as well as disciplines.  It is important for AWRA to continue the practices that have been successful while also being flexible in the way we provide information, present our science, and network with each other.  In order to continue to be the preeminent association for young and established water resource professionals, it is critical to establish new and innovative ways to reach our existing and potential members.  Finally, it is one of my biggest goals to bring greater recognition to and form a stronger connection with the 23 state and local sections.  The individuals that make up these groups are experts in the field, connected in their communities, and valuable assets to our association.  I would like to see this relationship strengthened.

AWRA has an incredible membership, board of directors, and staff who work tirelessly to meet the mission of the organization and bring the most important water resource issues to the fore. I believe that working collaboratively with these individuals and making decisions as a whole for the good of the association is critical. I will work in partnership with these groups so that we can collectively steer the association in the direction we believe is best for our membership and the future of the association.

Before signing off, I would be remiss if I did not thank the immediate past presidents John Tracy and Mark Dunning for their leadership over the past two years. John and Mark have used their experience and dedication to AWRA to implement numerous initiatives that have enhanced AWRA and its role in the water resources community. I would also like to thank those presidents I have had the pleasure to serve with over my tenure on the Board of Directors. So many of you have had a positive and direct impact on shaping AWRA and making it the amazing organization that it is. I feel honored that I can call so many of you not only colleagues but friends and I thank you for the example you have set and the actions you have taken to make this organization great! It is my goal to advance your efforts and make my own valuable contributions to AWRA.

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 2 – 8 January 2016

January 8, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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dirtI trust your 2016 is off to a good start.

Jobs are rolling in now after the holiday hiatus. Be sure to check out Josh Newton’s water jobs under ‘Positions Open’. Since I posted it several days ago, I have added about 30 additional jobs. There are now over 70 listed.

This photo of a Colorado twister, titled ‘Dirt’, won the National Geographic’s 2015 photo contest.

It’s baaaaaack! Todd Jarvis’ Rainbow Coalition blog: ‘Resurrection’.

Good luck, and enjoy!

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“The history of [groundwater law] is as thrilling as ignorance, inertia, and timidity could have made it.” — Mark N. Goodman (thanks to Bill and Rosemarie Alley)


2016 AWRA President-Elect Rafael Frias III

Rafael Frias III, client director for water business at Black and Veatch, was recently voted AWRA president-elect and began serving his term on January 1, 2016. He will become president of AWRA on January 1, 2017.

January 1, 2016, also saw AWRA member Martha Narvaez, a policy scientist in the Water Resources Agency of the Institute for Public Administration at University of Delaware, begin her tenure as president of the organization. She replaced John C. Tracy, director of Texas Water Resources Institute, who became immediate past president. Newly elected National Board of Director’s members Betsy Cody, Congressional Research Service and Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants, also assumed their seats on that day.

Frias has been an active member and a strong advocate of AWRA since shortly after joining Black & Veatch in 1999. In 2006, he received AWRA’s A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Young Professional Award. After receiving the news of his election, Frias agreed to take a few moments to tell AWRA members a bit about the goals he has for his tenure as an AWRA officer.

How does it feel to be elected president-elect of AWRA? It’s truly an honor and I’m actually very humble in having the trust of the organization and its great members to lead the organization in the near future. I was introduced to AWRA by a mentor of mine and past president, Bob Moresi, over 10 years ago. At that time he was president of AWRA and from that moment, I always wondered what it could be like to lead this great organization.

What are the issues or goals that you plan to address during your year as AWRA President? During my 3-year term as a member of the AWRA Board of Directors, we have undertaken strategic steps toward increasing the value AWRA provides its members. During my presidency, I will further the work of my predecessors, as well as the work of our current president, Martha Narvaez, to achieve our strategic goals and maximize the value to our members. I will also focus on increasing the level of thought leadership provided by AWRA in the water resources field, as well as the water resources science value that AWRA provides its members.

What will you do over the next year to ensure your goals can be achieved? I will work closely with our current president, Martha Narvaez, in support of her presidency and goals. Martha is a proven professional with great energy and I will work to support her strategic goals and build the foundation for my term in 2017.

Where would you like to see AWRA once you finish your term as president? I would like for AWRA to have the momentum it needs to achieve the continued success we as members and leaders desire for the organization. Success could be measured by continuing to be fiscally sound with a bullish perspective on the value provided to our members, resulting on continued membership growth.

Frias can be reached through the AWRA National Office at

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 26 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

January 1, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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TimesSquareBallDrop_460x285Another year is upon us! Happy New Year!

Only a few new jobs this week. Always a slow week between Christmas and New Year’s day.

Some people Tweet 2015 lists – best climate stories, worst this-and-that, etc. The first category provides links to a few of these stories.

Lots of climate, meteorology, California and flood stories.

Pictured here is the celebration at Times Square in New York City. I went to one of these a couple of centuries ago.

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In honor of my Scottish heritage – what else?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne
Auld Lang Syne 
(first verse and chorus), by Robert Burns

TGIF Weekly Water News Summary, 19 – 25 December 2015

December 25, 2015 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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MFC_2015My favorite Christmas present – Mary Frances – and Galahad join me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday season.

Keep those less fortunate than you in your thoughts and prayers and  consider a financial contribution to your favorite philanthropic or relief organization.

Please remember Josh Newton as he works to make refugees’ futures a little brighter. You can read about his work here.

Back next year!

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“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” - Sir Winston Churchill

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 December 2015

December 18, 2015 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Had a great time at the NGWA Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas. MentalDonald Trump even visited trumpour hotel, the Westgate, for a rally the night before the Republican debate. Here’s the sign for his rally, which occurred just across from a crtical mental health meeting. Top that!

Plenty of other news, including a separate listing for the COP21 in Paris.

Here is an interesting doodle from NRDC that purports to sum up what you need to know about the Paris climate deal. See more doodles here.



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“Engineering Sustainable Change” - Slogan on @BrendleGroup‘s PPT slides

AWRA Launches Leadership Institute

December 16, 2015 | Posted by cmccrehin
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State Officials Invited to Inaugural Workshop

Brenda Bateman and Tom Cech

Eighteen state officials from 14 different states met over a three-day-period in November 2015 to participate in the AWRA National Leadership Institute, a gathering place for peer groups of water professionals to share and learn from each other’s experiences in face-to-face venues.

The 2015 Workshop for State Officials was the first event held under this Institute, and was designed for those responsible for developing state water plans. Participants came from Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

Such workshops fill a critical need, providing a comfortable atmosphere where state leaders can meet their counterparts, compare notes, share experiences, and ask “what if” questions. Facilitators and presenters offered participants the latest in water resources decision-making tools, funding sources, water management policies, and public involvement practices. Presenters provided updates on the U.S. Water Census (US Geological Survey), Clean Water Act (US Environmental Protection Agency), Endangered Species Act (US Fish and Wildlife Service), and the Farm Bill (US Department of Agriculture).

The three-day workshop included a variety of learning techniques, including polling and surveys, panel discussions led by peers, small breakout groups, presentations from nationally renowned experts, and an evaluation of learning objectives and program design.

2015 Participants

2015 State Water Leaders
(l-r) Kelvin Hickenbottom (Nevada), Alyssa Mucken (Oregon), James Vocolina (Connecticut), Denise Ruzicka (Connecticut), Pat Fridgen (North Dakota), Corinne Fitting (Connecticut), Brenda Bateman (Oregon), Tom Cech (Colorado), Michael Downey (Montana), Scott Kudlas (Virginia), Tom Fransen (North Carolina), Gail Cowie (Georgia), Sue Lowry (Wyoming), Steve Wolff (Wyoming), Tim Freed (Nebraska), Kay Whittington (Mississippi), Ed Swaim (Arkansas), and Dave Christensen (Washington)

Much of the discussion focused on opportunities and challenges that have emerged as states have set about developing their water plans. Some states do not yet have such a plan, while others have components that they will build into a long-range plan over time. The resulting content of these efforts also differs greatly, as some have taken a purely water quantity and water supply approach, while others have built water quality requirements and ecosystem requirements into their final products.

Participants found that while they were operating under very different sets of legal, political, and budget parameters, they also had a number of similarities. These public officials are all deeply committed to producing the best water plans possible; all are facing resource constraints in terms of funding, data, and time, and all were interested in learning about effective and improved techniques for public involvement.

“I really enjoyed the workshop,” commented Michael Downey, State of Montana. “It exceeded my expectations and I found it valuable all the way around.”

Some themes that emerged during these discussions involved resiliency of the environment, of public health systems, and economic development. Other common themes focused on collaboration with both public and private sector partners.

Participants were treated to a brief preview of the roll-out of the Colorado State Water Plan. Officially presented to Governor Hickenlooper on November 19, 2015, the Plan represented more than a decade of outreach and communication with water users and stakeholders of Colorado’s river basins. Hailed as Colorado’s first water plan “written by Coloradans for Coloradans,” the document emphasizes and supports the development of water projects, identified by Basin Roundtables, to help meet the state’s water needs by 2050.

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James Eklund, State of Colorado

Located on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver, this event had access to a state-of-the art Decision Theater with 3-D video technology, and high-tech learning tools. Participants spent quite a bit of time in conversation, and built a diverse but strong network of peers and colleagues that they will be able to call upon for assistance in the future.

“It has been a very valuable experience,” remarked Scott Kudlas, State of Virginia, “to share my own work and to learn other approaches as well.”

AWRA’s National Leadership Institute will welcome a new cohort of state leaders from November 9-11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, immediately preceding AWRA’s 2016 annual conference. The 2016 Workshop for State Officials will open for registration on May 1, 2016.

Group Discussion

Scott Kudlas (Virginia), Alyssa Mucken (Oregon), Sue Lowry, speaking (Wyoming), Kelvin Hickenbottom (Nevada), Tim Freed (Nebraska), Denise Ruzicka (Connecticut)

Special thanks to Tom Cech and Sarah Harmon of MSU Denver, the Oregon Water Resources Department, and the AWRA staff and Board of Directors, for hosting the group and ensuring the successful launch of AWRA’s National Leadership Institute.

Dr. Brenda Bateman supervises the Oregon Water Resources Department’s scientists, engineers, programmers, GIS specialists, and data center, as the Administrator of the Technical Services Division. Previously, she served as the Department’s Senior Policy Coordinator, developing Oregon’s first Integrated Water Resources Strategy, which was adopted in August 2012. She serves on the Board of Directors of AWRA. Email:

Tom Cech is the Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Tom wrote Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy, published by John Wiley & Sons – currently in its third edition and recently co-authored Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues, publishing with Cambridge University Press; and Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers, publishing with the University Press of Colorado. He has also co-authored histories of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado State Engineer’s Office. Email:




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