Submit Your Abstracts for AWRA’s June 2013 Healthy Forests = Healthy Water Conference

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is now accepting abstracts for its Summer Specialty Conference on “Healthy Forests = Healthy Water” being held on June 26-28, 2013 in Hartford, CT.  This specialty conference will address the many issues associated with forest management for the protection of water supplies and aquatic communities. AWRA is looking for oral and poster abstracts to be considered for presentation. The sessions will be relevant to water managers, aquatic biologists/ecologists, planners, engineers, forestland managers, economists, consultants, water purveyors and industrial users of water.

Topics for the conference should address several key themes linking healthy forests and healthy waters, including:

  • Defining the Land and Water Connection–Emerging tools, methods, and information for identifying forest characteristics important to water resources
  • Making the Water and People Connection–Building a constituency, cooperating, and planning for water quality protection
  • Managing for Sustainability–Forest conservation and land management approaches for long-term protection of water resources
  • Creating the Water Economy–Market-based incentives, mitigation, payments for ecosystem services, & green infrastructure investment
  • Learning by Example — Cases studies from watersheds throughout the U.S. (and beyond)

Abstracts are due on or before February 8, 2013.  For more information and to submit your abstract, visit the AWRA web site here:  http://www.awra.org/meetings/HealthyForest2013/abstracts.html.

Register Now for the January 9 Webinar on How State Source Water Programs Can Work with their USDA Partners

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern time), ASDWA and GWPC will hold a webinar on “How State Source Water Programs can Work with their USDA Partners to Protect Drinking Water Sources.”

Who should attend:  State drinking water, ground water, clean water, and agriculture programs, EPA Regions, USDA programs, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend.  Please note that we have expanded the audience for the webinar, so please share this information with your agricultural colleagues whom we believe would also benefit from attending.

Why you should attend:  The webinar should be useful for all state water and USDA programs, from those who already have formed a relationship between the state source water program and their USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office (but may be looking for new ideas), to those aiming to build a successful relationship.

The webinar agenda will include:

  • A step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Source Water Collaborative’s new toolkit – www.sourcewatercollaborative.org/swp-usda
  • Examples from two states who will share their experiences in developing a relationship and working together to protect drinking water sources
    • Maine:  Juan Hernandez (State Conservationist), Andy Tolman (Drinking Water Program), and Kira Jacobs (EPA Region 1)
    • Iowa:   Jay Mar (State Conservationist) and Becky Ohrtman (Drinking Water Program)
    • Audience questions

To register for the webinar, go to:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/801495793

We hope you are able to join us!