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A Workshop on Modeling and Prediction of Devils Lake Flooding

When? Thursday, May 5, 1:00 pm
Where? Room CH 368 UND

The workshop will include individual presentations and group discussions.

Agenda

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang: introduction of speakers and purpose of the workshop
Dr. Gregg Wiche: the background on the history of flooding in Devils Lake and the Red River
Dr. Skip Vecchia: the USGS Devils Lake stochastic simulation model with implications for climate change and/or variability
Dr. Howe Lim: using U.S. Army Corps of Engineering's HEC HMS and HEC ResSim models to simulate Devils Lake's hydrological process
Dr. Andrei Kirilenko: climate change and its effect on Devils Lake flooding
Mr. Dave Barta: Economic analysis on Devils Lake mitigation projects
Group discussion


The U.S. National Academies* is pleased to announce the launch of its Water Information Center, a portal of more than 100 peer-reviewed reports from the National Academies on water-related issues. The website (<http://water.nationalacademies.org/index.shtml?wcat=E>http://water.nationalacademies.org) aims to assist the work of water scientists, engineers, managers, policy-makers, and students throughout the world. These reports represent independent and objective consensus among experts from academia, industry, and other entities.

The website features the following major topics:
* Water Supply and Sanitation
* Water and Soil Remediation

* Hydrologic Hazards

* Water Quality in the Natural Environment
* River Basin Systems Management

* Environmental Assessment, Management, and Restoration

* Water Science and Research

All of the reports can be read for free on-line, and summaries are freely downloadable as PDFs. If you are from a developing country**, the full reports can be downloaded for FREE. A large number of reports are also available to free download for residents of other countries.


Marvin Fawley - ND WRRI Advisor

Referreed publications:

Fawley, M.W., Fawley, K.P., and Buchheim, M.A. 2004. Molecular diversity among communities of freshwater microchlorophytes. Microbial Ecology 48:489-499

W. J. Henley, J. L. Hironaka, L. Guillou, M. A. Buchheim, J. A. Buchheim, M. W. Fawley and K. P. Fawley. 2004. Phylogenetic analysis of the "Nannochloris-like" algae and diagnoses of Picochlorum oklahomensis gen. et sp. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Phycologia 43:641-652.

M.W. Fawley, M. L. Dean, S. K. Dimmer, and K. P. Fawley. Evaluating the morphospecies concept in the Selenastraceae (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). 2006. Journal of Phycology, in press.

Presentations:

"Diversity and ecology of freshwater Nannochloropsis (Eustigmatophyceae)." Fawley, K.P. and Fawley, M.W. Phycological Scociety of America Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, August, 2004.

"The challenge of green algal diversity." Fawley, M.W. and Fawley, K.P. Phycological Scociety of America Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, August, 2004

"Lipid composition of some picophytoplanktonic Choricystis species from freshwater lakes. New insight into biomarkers from genetic studies." P. Metzger, K.P. Fawley, M.W. Fawley. 22nd International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (22nd IMOG), Seville, Spain,12-16 September 2005.

Shawn DeKeyser – Former ND WRRI Fellow

Shawn is employed here at NDSU as a Research Specialist/Lecturer. He teaches three classes (Introduction to Range Management, Grazing Ecology, and Range Habitat Management). He is still involved with wetlands research.

Recent publications:

Kirby, D. R., Krabbenhoft, K. D., Sedivic, K. K., and DeKeyser, E. S. 2002. Wetlands in Northern Plains Prairies: benefiting wildlife and livestock. Rangelands. Vol. 24 (2) pp. 21-24.

Kirby, D. R., Krabbenhoft, K. D., Sedivic, K. K., and DeKeyser, E. S. 2002. Wetlands in Northern Plains Prairies: offer societal values too. Rangelands. Vol. 24 (2) pp. 25-28.

DeKeyser, E.S., D.R. Kirby, and M.J. Ell. 2003. An index of plant community integrity: Development of the methodology for assessing prairie wetland plant communities. Ecological Indicators. Vol. 3(2) pp. 119-133.

Kirby, D., R. Limb, E. DeKeyser, P. Nyren, and B. Patton. 2004. Drought and grazing intensity affect forage production on mixed-grass prairie. North Dakota Beef Cattle Report. Pp. 3-6.

Phillips, R.L., O. Beeri, and E.S. DeKeyser. 2005. Remote wetland assessment for Missouri Coteau prairie glacial basins. Wetlands. Vol. 25(2) pp. 335-349.

In Press:

Rogers , W.M., D.R. Kirby, P.E. Nyren, B.D. Patton, and E.S. DeKeyser. 2005. Grazing intensity effects on Northern Plains mixed-grass prairie. Prairie Naturalist.

Professional Seminars:

2005 International Water Conference, Research and Education in an International Watershed: Implications for Decision Making. April 6-7, 2005. Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

Funding Acquired:

DeKeyser, E.S, and D. Kirby. 2005. Estimating Wetland Quality for the Missouri Coteau, North Dakota. (Phase I of III). EPA Region VIII, Consolidated Funding Process.

DeKeyser, E.S, and D. Kirby. 2005. Assessment of Wetland Plant Communities Located on Restored Prairie. EPA Region VIII, Consolidated Funding Process.

DeKeyser, E.S. 2005. The Development and Expansion of a Comprehensive Prairie Management Plan for the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. National Park Service.

Michael G. Newbrey – ND WRRI Current Fellow

Citations:  

Newbrey, M.G., M.V.H. Wilson, and A.C. Ashworth. 2005. Growth characteristics of Cretaceous and Cenozoic North American Esociformes: Implications for systematics. In Fourth International Meeting on Mesozoic Fishes - Systematics, Homology, and Nomenclature, Extended Abstracts; edited by F.J. Poyato-Ariza; Madrid, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / UAM Ediciones. pp. 201-204.   Growth of Esociformes Abstract.pdf

Newbrey, M.G. and M.V.H. Wilson. 2005. Recognition of annular growth on centra of Teleostei with application to Hiodontidae of the Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Formation. In Dinosaur Park Symposium. Edited by D.R. Braman, F. Therrien, E.B. Koppelhus, and W. Taylor. Special Publication of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta. pp. 61-68. Please also find the attached poster (DPS 2005 Abstract with Poster.pdf)  

Newbrey, M.G., M.V.H. Wilson, and A.C. Ashworth. Growth characteristics of North American Hiodontidae (Teleostei) from the Late Cretaceous to Recent. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 65th Annual Meeting. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(supplement to 3):96A. To be presented in Phoenix , AZ , October 19-22, 2005. Recognition of annular growth in Hiodontidae.pdf

SVP Abstract.pdf

Recent Publications:

Newbrey, M.G., M.V.H. Wilson, and A.C. Ashworth. 2005. Growth characteristics of Cretaceous and Cenozoic North American Esociformes: Implications for systematics. In Fourth International Meeting on Mesozoic Fishes - Systematics, Homology, and Nomenclature, Extended Abstracts; edited by F.J. Poyato-Ariza; Madrid, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / UAM Ediciones. pp. 201-204.

Newbrey, M.G. and A.C. Ashworth. 2004. A fossil record of colonization and response of lacustrine fish populations to climate change. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61(10):1807-1816.

Newbrey, M.G. and M.V.H. Wilson. Recognition of annular growth on centra of Teleostei with application to Hiodontidae of the Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Formation. Dinosaur Park Symposium, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta. September 2005. In Press.

Presentations:

Newbrey, M.G., M.V.H. Wilson, and A.C. Ashworth. Growth characteristics of North American Hiodontidae (Teleostei) from the Late Cretaceous to Recent. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 65 th Annual Meeting. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(supplement to 3). To be presented in Phoenix, AZ, October 19-22.

Newbrey, M.G., M.V.H. Wilson, and A.C. Ashworth. Growth characteristics of Cretaceous and Cenozoic North American Esociformes: Implications for systematics. Fourth International Meeting on Mesozoic Fishes, Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain, August 8-13, 2005.

Newbrey, M.G., A.C. Ashworth, and M.V.H. Wilson. 2004. Geographic trends in North American Freshwater Fishes from the Cretaceous to the Pliocene. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 64 th Annual Meeting. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24(supplement to 3):98A.

Invited Lecture:

Newbrey, M.G. and A.C. Ashworth. 2005. If fossil fish could talk we would hear stories about drought: An examination of a late Pleistocene deposit near Jamestown, North Dakota. North Dakota Geological Society, Bismarck, North Dakota. May 17th.

Posters:

Newbrey, M.G. and M.V.H. Wilson. Recognition of annular growth on centra of Teleostei with application to Hiodontidae of the Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Formation. Dinosaur Park Symposium, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta. To be presented in September 2005.

Award:

2005 – Graduate School Research Award: College of Science and Mathematics, North Dakota State University

Jennifer Newbrey - Current ND WRRI Fellow

Teaching Experience:
Environmental Science Lecture (Biology 124) fall semester of 2005, 3 credits

Manuscripts Accepted:
Newbrey, J.L., M.A. Bozek, and N.D. Niemuth. Effects of lake characteristics and human disturbance on the presence of piscivorous birds in northern Wisconsin, U.S.A. Waterbirds.

Awards and Scholarships:

2004 Shelia Kath Award: Department of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University

2004 Harvey K. Nelson Scholarship: Department of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University

Fellowships:

2005 NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship: North Dakota State University EPSCoR Program

2005 ND Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship: North Dakota State University

2004 NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellowship: North Dakota State University GraSUS Program

2004 ND Water Resources Research Institute Fellowship: North Dakota State University

Grants:

Newbrey, J.L. 2005. Effects of Nest Contents and Minimum Daily Temperature on Female Yellow-headed Blackbird Nest Attentiveness. Wilson’s Ornithological Society Student Travel Award.

Newbrey, J.L. 2005. Effect of Female Immune Function on Carotenoid Tradeoffs in Free-living Yellow-headed Blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). American Ornithologists’ Union, Bleitz Research Award.

Oral Presentations:

Newbrey, J.L., and W.L. Reed. 2005. Effects of nest contents and minimum daily temperature on female Yellow-headed Blackbird nest attentiveness. Wilson Ornithological Society and Association of Field Ornithologists Joint Meeting.

Newbrey J.L. and M. Rames. 2005. Communicating Scientifically: The Scientific Method. Minnesota Science Teacher’s Association and North Dakota Science Teachers Association Joint Conference.

Newbrey, J.L., and W.L. Reed. 2004. West Nile virus antibodies in central North Dakota icterids. Cooper Ornithological Society 74 th Annual Meeting.

Poster Presentations:

Newbrey, J.L. 2004. West Nile virus antibodies in central North Dakota icterids: Implications for ecology and management. North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting.

Coauthored Poster Presentations:

Newbrey, M.G. and J.L. Newbrey. 2004. Evidence for long-term abundance fluctuations of piscivorous birds in North Dakota from a fossil record of fish populations responding to climate change. North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting.

Community Service:

2005 Assistant Preparator; Health Science Event, North Dakota Science Olympiad, Fargo, North Dakota.

Unal Kizil – Former ND WRRI Fellow

Unal has been working as an area extension specialist at the NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center since December 2004. His primary responsibility is to help producers in designing their waste management systems to protect waters from feedlot runoff and manure storage areas.

Unal has been an serving Livestock Facilities Assistance Program (LFAP) as an engineer.

Recent Publications:

KIZIL U., J.A. LINDLEY. 2005. Development of a GIS Database and Spatial Evaluations for North Dakota Feedlots. 2005 ASAE International Meeting.

Tampa, Florida July 17-20, 2005. Paper No. 051073

KIZIL U., J.A. LINDLEY. 2005. Development of a Software for Feedlot Hydrology/Nutrient Management. 2005 ASAE International Meeting. Tampa, Florida July 17-20, 2005. Paper No. 054086

Conference attended:

2005 ASAE International Meeting. Tampa, Florida July 17-20, 2005.

Dr. G. Padmanabhan resumed his responsibilities as the Director of NDWRRI effective August 15, 2005 after his return from sabbatical.

Call for 2006 Fellowship Applications (104B)

Call for National Competitive Grant Program Request for Proposals (104G)

(L to R) Mike Sauer (NDSHD), Fellow Michael Newbrey,
Fellow Jennifer Newbrey, G. Padmanabhan (Director),
Greg Wiche (USGS), Former Fellow Kasi Murthy


It’s Happening At State August 17, 2005 page 2 http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/news/state/ihas/2005/ihas.08172005.pdf

Its Happening


Dr. G. Padmanabhan

Dr. G. Padmanabhan resumed his responsibilities as the Director of NDWRRI effective August 15, 2005 after his return from sabbatical. During his six months of sabbatical in Thailand, he taught a course “Hydrology in Watershed Management” to the students of a post-graduate program in Environmental and Hazardous Waste Management at the National Environmental Research Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and also interacted with the Environmental Management program faculty at Prince Songhkla University, Hat Yai. Dr. Padmanabhan also spent three months in India meeting water professionals and university faculty working in water related problems.

Dr. Eakalak Khan

Dr. Eakalak Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, and an affiliated faculty of the North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the Bioengineering and Environmental Systems Division, National Science Foundation.

Dr. Khan is the advisor of Trent Museus, one of the graduate Fellows of NDWRRI.

The $400,000 award will be used by DR. Khan to support a five-year project entitled "Integrated Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Research and Education on Fundamentals and Applications of Cell Entrapment for Water Pollution Control." The project aims to elucidate the effects of entrapment on cell characteristics and activities of microbial cultures typically encountered in wastewater treatment systems using molecular biology and nanoscopic techniques. Key activities of the project include interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate research, collaborative research with a graduate program overseas, and summer research internships for American Indian high school students.

The goal of Dr. Khan’s research is to advance fundamental understanding on the use of cell entrapment in wastewater treatment. Khan will investigate the effects of entrapped bacteria on growth rate, metabolic activity, cell morphology, cell surface properties, genetic material quantity and stress of three pure cultures encountered in activated sludge. Techniques in molecular biology and nanotechnology will be used to determine what lies beneath the performance of trapped cells.

Khan joined the faculty at NDSU in 2002. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. He received master’s degrees from UCLA and the University of Hawaii. He completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Dr. Wei Lin

Dr. Wei Lin, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering has been named as the Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental and Conservation Science (ECS) program at NDSU. Dr. Lin recently served as the Interim Director of the NDWRRI for a year, while the Director, G. Padmanabhan was on sabbatical. Dr. Lin has served as advisor for several graduate Fellows of NDWRRI.

The Graduate Program in Environmental and Conservation Science is an interdisciplinary program comprising an integrative curriculum that emphasizes the common ground shared by all sciences. There are two tracks: Environmental Sciences and Conservation Biology. The interdisciplinary nature of this program is reflected by the participation of faculty from across the campus, including the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering & Architecture and Science & Mathematics.


First Red River Basin International Conference on Water (April 23-24, 2003, Fargo, ND)

47th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference held in Fargo, ND

April 2001: Professor Jimmie Richardson, NDSU Department of Soil Science, presents Faculty Lectureship: Soil and Water: the Convergence

October 2000: Professor Marvin Fawley and Dr. Karen Phillips, NDSU Department Biological Sciences, receive a $400,000 three-year grant from the NSF Microbial Observatory Program entitled Species Discovery and Population Dynamics of Coccoid Algae in Itasca State Park, Minnesota.


ND WRRI Fellow and Environmental and Conservation Sciences Graduate Program student Justin Fisher is featured in Minnesota Public Radio Interview concerning the conservation of amphibians in the upper Midwest. Justin is studying the genetic diversity of northern leopard frogs under the guidance of Dr. Craig Stockwell, Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University, and Director, Environmental & Conservation Sciences Graduate Program. For more details click here


Congratulations to Justin Fisher, ND WRRI Fellow, and his adviser, Dr. Craig Stockwell, for winning the Best Student Paper Award at the joint North Dakota – Minnesota Wildlife Society meeting held February 9 in Fargo.


Dr. G. Padmanabhan, Director of ND WRRI and Professor of Civil Engineering at North Dakota state University, visited with the environmental sciences faculty and students of the University of Da Lat, Vietnam.

Padmanabhan with the Environmental Science faculty of Da Lat University, Da Lat City, Vietnam.

Padmanabhan with Environmental Sciences students of Da Lat University, Da Lat City, Vietnam while on a field trip to collect water quality samples from lake inlets


Dr. Marinus Otte, North Dakota State University professor of biological sciences, has been named editor-in-chief of Wetlands, an international scientific journal. Dr. Otte is an affiliate faculty of North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute.


NDSU Water Environment Federation (WEF) Student Chapter Design Team placed third in the Environmental Design Competition at 2011 84th Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC)

WEFTEC

A team of 10 students from North Dakota State University (NDSU) competed in the Environmental Design Competition at this year's 84th Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). The student design team comprised of Jason Baker, Jacob Strombeck, Leslee Storlie, Kevin Young, Anthony LaFontain, Abdul Namrou, Steven Jensen, Clifford Halvorson, Joseph Rezac and Tanush Wadhawan. Eight students were able to participate in the conference, out of which four presented the design project to an audience of over a 100 people. The competition is open to all universities nationwide and every year a dozen big name universities such as, University of Florida and Virginia Tech, participate. This year NDSU's student design team presented the project titled "Water and Environmental Issues Due to Oil Production in North Dakota" which involved solving problems associated with water use during hydraulic fracturing in Western North Dakota oil fields. Hydraulic fracturing is one of the advanced oil drilling techniques; however, the technology uses enormous amount of fresh water to recover oil. A large number of trucks are required to haul water which cause environmental problems along with destruction of the roadways. The NDSU student design team's target was to reduce consumption of fresh water by reusing water involved in fracturing and simultaneously reducing the trucking load and activity. The project was well received by a panel of judges comprising of professional engineers and consultants. NDSU student team was awarded third place in the competition along with certificates, as shown in the photograph, and a monetary award of $1,000. The conference also allowed for professional networking through career fairs, a great learning experience through an open exhibition hall, technical sessions and much more. The funding to represent the team at WEFTEC was provided by Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute, NDSU Student Government, Moore Engineering, Inc., and, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.


NDWRRI Fellows placed Graduate Student Best Poster Winners

Several NDWRRI Fellows recently presented posters at the NDSU Environmental and Conservation Sciences Graduate Program Poster competition. Three of them were selected winners.

Congratulations to the Fellows (bold) and their advisers (*)

Survey of the Genetic Diversity of Northern Leopard Frog Populations in North Dakota
Justin Fisher, Kevin Purcell & Craig Stockwell*

Contaminant diffusion studies with alginate encapsulated iron nanoparticles
Rabiya Shabnam, Senay Simsek, Eakalak Khan* & Achintya Bezbaruah*

An ATP based method to determine bacterial regrowth potential in drinking water
Ruchi Joshi, Tanush Wadhawan, John Mc Evoy*, Birgit Pruess & Eakalak Khan*


Workshop on Groundwater Remediation

By Dr. Udai Singh, Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill

Jointly organized by

NDSU Civil Engineering Department and

North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute

On October 7 (Friday)

1:00 – 3:00 PM in Research 1 (Room 148-154)

1:00-2:00 PM: Groundwater Remediation: Chlorinated Volatile Organic Chemicals

2:10-3:00 PM: Challenges in Remediation: How Researchers can Contribute?

At 3:30 PM Dr. Singh will interact with students and student organizations in CIE 101.

Bio of Dr. Singh: Dr. Udai P. Singh is a Senior Program Manager and Vice President in CH2M HILL's Environmental Services Business Group, and currently works out of CH2M HILL's Oakland, CA office. Engineering News Record has ranked CH2M HILL as the top environmental engineering firm in terms of annual revenue every year since 2006. Dr. Singh has 37 years of experience in environmental and water resources engineering. He has managed some of US Environmental Protection Agency's largest Superfund contracts. Currently he is the program manager on EPA Region 9's Remedial Action Contract (RAC2), which includes 61 hazardous waste management projects on more than 30 sites in AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Guam. Dr. Singh has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India and graduate degrees in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Clemson University and University of Florida, respectively. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a Project Management Professional certified by Project Management Institute. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical publications, including co-author of the book Hazardous Waste Site Remediation Management published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Dr. Singh has had national leadership roles in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and WEF. He was Chair of WEF's Hazardous Waste Committee (1993-96), Chair of ASCE's Environmental Engineering Division (1995-96), and President of ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) (2009-10). He served on Industry Advisory Board of the University of Southern California Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2001-07) and is currently a Member of US EPA Office of Research and Development Stakeholders Task Force on Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Program Research. Dr. Singh has won numerous awards including WEF's Hazardous Waste Management Award, ASCE San Francisco Section's Outstanding Engineering Manager Award, EWRI's Outstanding Achievement Award, American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC) Grand Award for Engineering Excellence, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur.

 


Institute affiliate faculty member publishes

Robert Hearne, a NDWRRI affiliate faculty and NDSU Associate Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has an article published in the September 2011 issue of the American Water Resources Association publication Water Resources IMPACT. The article is on Chile's water markets and water management system. This is a special issue of IMPACT on "The Global Market for Water Trading."


Institute researcher Bezbaruah awarded
National Science Foundation grant

Achintya Bezbaruah, a NDWRRI affiliate faculty and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at North Dakota State University is the recipient of a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) program. In this 2-year project (09/11-08/13), Dr. Bezbaruah's Nanoenvirology Research Group will develop low-impact polymers to coat nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) particles for groundwater remediation (http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~bezbarua/). Plant-based polymers will be modified and their structure-property relationships will be studied to understand the impacts of various functional groups on dispersion, contaminant treatability, aquifer injectability, and subsurface mobility of coated NZVI (CNZVI) particles. The overall objective of this research is to study the impacts of manipulation of the biopolymer functional groups on dispersion, contaminant degradation, and transport behaviors of CNZVI particles as well as biodegradability of the polymer coatings themselves. The project is structured to facilitate broadening participation of underrepresented groups (Native American, first generation Americans, and women) in fundamental research. The students recruited for research in this project are expected to pursue higher education and careers in science and engineering. Programs proposed for Native American middle/high school students and students with disabilities will help inculcate the spirit of scientific research among them. Four female students have already joined the project, and at least two high school students will join the research team as summer interns in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Bezbaruah is collaborating with Bismarck, ND based Marketplace for Kids (http://www.marketplaceforkids.org/) to organize Science Café in Standing Rock Reservation, ND. Outreach activities will also be done in West Fargo School District, ND.

According to Dr. Bezbaruah, obtaining this NSF grant was possible mainly because of the preliminary research data his group generated through multiple North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute sponsored projects. Seven of his research students have won NDWRRI/USGS graduate research fellowships since 2006. The NDWRRI/USGS sponsored grants have led to a number of journal/conference publications and one patent on polymer coated nanoparticles. Nanoenvirology research group presently has three doctoral, five masters, and three undergraduate students. One of the former members from Dr. Bezbaruah's group (2007-2008 NDWRRI/USGS Graduate Research Fellow) is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Stanford University, CA.


WRRI co-sponsors presentation on F-M Diversion

Dr. Ed Dickey, former acting assistant secretary of the army for civil works, Washington, D.C., shared his insights on federal water projects on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater. Dr. Dickey focused on the Washington perspective on F-M diversion project.

While working for the federal government, Dr. Dickey was responsible for a variety of policies and programs related to federal water management activities, including new water resource investments for navigation, flood damage reduction and ecosystem restoration. Two Presidential Rank Awards, including Meritorious Executive in 1988 and Distinguished Executive in 1993, acknowledged his successes as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service.

NDSU's School of Natural Resources, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Environmental and Conservation Sciences Graduate Program and the North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute sponsored Dr. Dickey's presentation.


Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Feasibility Study

Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Diversion Feasibilty Study

Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Draft Feasibilty Study Report and Environmental Impact Statement

Fargo-Moorhesd Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study


"Institute faculty researcher guides a West Fargo high school student team to 1st place in a NASA national competition"

West Fargo high school student team to 1 st place in a NASA national competition


Institute faculty researcher publishes in Water International.

R. R. Hearne and D. R. Torpen. (2010) Stakeholder preferences for water management alternatives in the Red River Basin, Water International, Volume 35, Issue 2, March 2010,
pages 150 - 164.

Abstract:

Water management in multijurisdictional river basins requires participation and cooperation across stakeholder groups. This research estimates stakeholder preferences for Red River Basin management alternatives. Issues that basin residents and experts considered relevant were identified and preferences for implementing change were assessed. The choice experiments method was used for estimations. An analysis of different stakeholder groups was employed because of an expectation that informed stakeholders and decision-makers would be more engaged with basin management issues, particularly water quality goals and institutional arrangements. However, this analysis demonstrates that the three different samples did not have significantly different preference orderings.