New Research on Streamwater Chemistry Patterns Offers Insights for Factors Affecting Water Quality and Aquatic Life
Virginia Water Center Associate Director Kevin McGuire is the lead author on "Network analysis reveals multiscale controls on streamwater chemistry," published online April 21, 2014, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research team used a high-resolution spatial dataset from a headwater stream network and a statistical tool to describe patterns of water chemistry within the stream network. The study offers insights for interactions of stream water with the surrounding vegetation, soil, and geology, and application of the methods used may help in other work seeking to identify factors impairing water quality and developing strategies to protect aquatic ecosystems. Click the following for an April 22, 2014, Virginia Tech News article about the research: Ecology team improves understanding of valley-wide stream chemistry.
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William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellowship Award
Application Deadline May 1, 2014
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Mid-Atlantic Water Conference
Sep. 24-25, 2014
National Conservation Training Center Shepherdstown, W. Va.
The conference is hosted by the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and the state water research centers/institutes in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Abstracts for proposed presentations are requested by May 30, 2014; click here for more information on abstract submission.
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Virginia General Assembly Water-related Bill Inventories
The Water Center maintains inventories of water-related measures considered by the Virginia General Assembly in various years. Please click here for the most recent edition of the current year's water-related legislation and for access to previous years.
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in the News
- "Aqua Knots" from U.S. Water Alliance discusses examples of water education at various centers nationwide, including the Virginia Water Center (7/26/13)
- Undergraduates at Virginia Tech participate in water-quality/aquatic insect research in Virginia coalfield streams (1 min./43 sec. VT University Relations video, June 27, 2013)
- Coal mining and stream insects: Researchers explore the TDS connection (May 17, 2013)
- The College of Natural Resources and Environment focuses on water research (Aug. 21, 2011)
- Researchers study protection of water resources affected by coal mining (Oct. 4, 2010)