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WFI joins global leaders at Stockholm World Water Week
The Water for Food Global Institute looks forward to participating in Stockholm World Water Week, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. This is the fifth time WFI has been part of the premier event on global water issues, organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute. This year's theme is "Water and Sustainable Growth." WFI staff will join more than 3,000 experts, practitioners, decision-makers, entrepreneurs and other professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

Along with its partners, WFI will lead two workshops Aug. 30: If you are not able to attend World Water Week, follow the institute on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as the larger discussion surrounding the event by using the #WWWeek hashtag.

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World Water Week
Beckman joins NWC staff as communications specialist
Ben Beckman (pictured) has joined the staff of the Nebraska Water Center as a research and communications specialist who will work as a liaison between UNL and constituent groups on water and environmental issues of mutual interest.

"Ben's hiring will add new capabilities for the NWC, Nebraska Extension and WFI to interact with a wide range of constituencies that will include all of the state's natural resource districts and state and federal agencies, among others," said NWC director Chittaranjan Ray.

The position is being jointly shared and funded by NWC, WFI and Nebraska Extension, Ray said.

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Drought indicator guidebook available online
WFI Faculty Fellows Brian Fuchs and Mark Svoboda, climatologists with the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL, have developed a comprehensive drought guidebook that provides decision-makers around the world with an important tool for drought planning and mitigation.

The "Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices" is available online.In addition, the indicators and indices detailed in the handbook are also available online.

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UNL "Fountain Wars" team wins competition
Fountain Wars 2016
The UNL "Fountain Wars" team made another splash at the 2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual meeting in July. The team of students from the UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering, with guidance from WFI Faculty Fellow Derek Heeren, earned first place in the competition for its engineering expertise and creative problem-solving under pressure. Learn more.
New report offers insights on water quality market expansion
EPA USDA Report Cover
In September 2015, WFI hosted a three-day national workshop on water quality markets sponsored by partners at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 200 participants gathered in Lincoln to discuss ways to expand the country's burgeoning water quality trading markets. A new EPA-USDA report summarizes key discussions from the event and outlines next steps to further promote the use of market-based tools to advance water quality efforts. Learn more.

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Faculty Fellows in the news

Woldt recognized for unmanned aircraft series
WFI Faculty Fellow Wayne Woldt recently was awarded the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Presidential Citation for his work on a three-part series on unmanned aircraft systems published in Resource magazine. Learn more.
Retiring "Dr. Drought" tells politicians climate change is science, not religion
WFI Faculty Fellow Don Wilhite has been examining climate issues for nearly 40 years, helping to make the University of Nebraska a global leader in drought monitoring, response, planning and preparedness. Learn more.
Carroll appointed co-chair of species conservation group  
WFI Faculty Fellow John Carroll has been appointed co-chair of the Galliformes Specialist Group under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates
Study shows high potential for corrosive groundwater in half of U.S. states
Corrosivity map
A recent U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide indicates that groundwater found in 25 states and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive.

The findings have the greatest implications for homeowners with private drinking water systems. Naturally corrosive water is not dangerous to consume by itself.

Nevertheless, it can cause health-related problems by reacting with pipes and plumbing fixtures in homes. If plumbing materials contain lead or copper, these metals may be leached into the water supply by corrosive water. Signs of corrosive water causing leaching of metals may include bluish-green stains in sinks, metallic taste to water, and small leaks in plumbing fixtures. Learn more.
Symposium to examine Nebraska water management, basin by basin
The Nebraska Water Center's annual Water Symposium will feature a series of panels examining water management and planning in Nebraska, with a focus on the state's major river basins. "Managing an Essential Resource... Basin by Basin" will be Oct. 20 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. Panelists will provide a range of perspectives covering the Upper Platte, Lower Platte, Republican, Blue and Niobrara basins. Topics will include water supply, political structures, past management and development characteristics, among others. Learn more.

On Oct. 21, the Nebraska Water Law Conference will be jointly hosted by NWC and the Nebraska College of Law. This annual event provides the latest information on the state's water law to attorneys, water professionals and other interested stakeholders.

Registration details are pending. For the latest information on these events, follow NWC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit watercenter.unl.edu.
Other events
Farewell reception for Dr. Roberto Lenton | Aug. 17
Join us for food and drinks as we thank WFI Founding Executive Director Roberto Lenton (pictured) for his exceptional leadership since he was selected as the institute's first director in 2011. Dr. Lenton is one of the world's foremost experts in water management and development, and over the last five years his vision and expertise have transformed the institute from a seed of an idea into a robust, interdisciplinary team working to find solutions to the global challenges surrounding water and fo od security. Dr. Lenton will formally step down from his current role at the end of August.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
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Nebraska Innovation Campus
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NU Connections | Oct. 6
NIC banquet hall
In conjunction with the new academic year, a special breakfast event will be jointly hosted by the University of Nebraska's four institutes, including WFI, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, National Strategic Research Institute and the Rural Futures Institute. The event is open to anyone interested in learning about the institutes and the resources, expertise and partnerships they offer to NU faculty, staff, students and other community stakeholders.

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Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus, Conference Center


Nam Tran, intern
Nam Tran
Nam Tran joined WFI in June 2016 as a communications and public relations intern. He is working on a social media campaign to promote WFI's involvement with World Water Week in Stockholm. Tran hopes to gain valuable experience in communications and PR by working together with WFI staff to write blogs and create social media content that aligns with the institute's values in education, research and impact.

Tran will graduate from UNL Aug. 13 with bachelor's degrees in both journalism and advertising and public relations. Read full bio.

About Us
The Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation to address the global challenge of achieving food security w less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food sithystems. It is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.  

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congress in 1964, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach by facilitating programs that will result in UNL becoming a premiere institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use.