American Water Resources Association at Virginia Tech

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

WaterWorks benefit at Cabo

While downtown today enjoying the International Street Festival, I noticed a sign in a window about a fundraiser for water. It's called the WaterWORKS Benefit and it will be at Cabo Fish Taco tonight (March 31) beginning at 10:00 PM.

Friday, March 30, 2012

College of Natural Resources and Environment Annual Awards Recognition Celebration

Congratulations to Beth and Eirika for receiving the AWRA outstanding member of the year award at the College of Natural Resources and Environment banquet last night.  It was a good group of AWRA members that came out to support and enjoy the evening together.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New River Water Watchers Workshop

Last Saturday a few AWRA members completed a citizen monitoring program through the National Committee for the New River.  We will be using this chemical assessment to monitor a local stream.  
Courtney taught us how to measure dissolved oxygen, pH, water clarity, and bacteria. 

Tania measures the pH through comparing color change to the reference 

Caitlin helps pour water into a the tub to measure turbidity 

Thank you all for coming out to participate in this training workshop.  Courtney will be doing a refresher course sometime in the fall before we start our monthly monitoring 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

TODAY Dr. Michael Campana speaking at FGSA Symposium

TODAY: During the 4th Annual FGSA Symposium, the keynote speaker will feature water issues. Dr. Michael Campana from Oregon State Uni. will speak on Hydrophilanthropy. His talk is at 2:45 in Fralin Auditorium on the VT campus. 

Some AWRA members met up with Dr. Campana for lunch yesterday. 

 It was nice to talk to a former national AWRA president and get the chance to share our  experiences with water resources at Virginia Tech too. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

World Water Day Success!

Thank you all for coming out and taking the taste test challenge.  It was a fun event and people were surprised by what they thought was tap water/bottled water.  A big thanks goes out to Justin and his crew from the environmental coalition for teaming up with AWRA on this event.

The final score was 36 guessed correct and 26 incorrect.  Some people said they could taste the chlorine  after taste in the tap water and/or the plastic taste in the bottled water.  The most interesting comments were those that said they could taste chemicals but they didn't know if it was the extra minerals in the bottled water or the treated chemicals in the tap.  Overall a successful and eye opening event for all.    

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy World Water Day :-)

Come take the taste test challenge in Squires Info booth B from 4-8pm...we will be taking a tally of how many choose right or wrong...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

World Water Day Thurs March 22nd

With the environmental coalition group, we made posters to get ready for World Water Day.  Flyers for the event will be sent out soon.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

S.O.S workshop March 17th

Thanks to everyone that came out last Saturday for Save Our Stream Training.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AWRA Meeting Thur March 15th 7:00pm room 317A Cheatham Hall

2012 Virginia Water Conference

Hannah Brooks and Rebecca Stewart attended the Virginia Water Conference in Richmond, VA over spring break.  This was a great opportunity for us to talk about AWRA and what we do as well as socialize with fellow scientist and engineers from around Virginia.

Hanna showing off our AWRA booth at the Virginia Water Conference

  Rebecca socializing with Stuart Stein, the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA ) president, and two former VLWA presidents before the conference luncheon.