Volume 1|January 2021
Ohio Water Resources Center Newsletter
From Our Directors
As scientists and engineers in the water resources space, we must strive to increase external awareness of our efforts and reputation by leveraging and improving our ability to communicate science to key stakeholders. To this end, the Ohio WRC co-hosted a virtual "communicating science" workshop with the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State University focusing on engaging policymakers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science conducted this workshop and provided some of our researchers with training and support in effectively engaging the public. We wanted to share some key takeaways with those in our water resources community who are looking to gain skill in this area.
 
When meeting with a policymaker, you should have a concrete "ask" and be able to communicate it clearly. Some examples of what your "ask" can be are:
  • Sponsor or offer an amendment to legislation
  • Hold a hearing or organize a briefing
  • Give a speech or attend an event
  • Ask questions at a hearing or make a floor statement
  • Comment on proposed legislation
 
The most common question you may be asked by a policymaker is: how does the issue being discussed matter to the policymaker's stakeholders? Thus, it is important for you to prepare an answer beforehand relating the issue to their district or state. Your message can also be bolstered by sharing your personal connection to the issue. Finally, by sticking to your core messages and being clear, concise, and consistent, you can have conversations that enable your research to impact policy making effectively.
 
We want to support you in increasing your ability to communicate science to the public and policymakers. Please reach out (OhioWRC@osu.edu) to let us know:
What can we do to help you grow in this area?
Spotlight
Updates to Ohio WRC/WMAO Luncheons 2021
Starting in 2021 the "quarterly" joint Ohio WRC and Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) luncheon seminars will shift to being hosted six times per year. The plan is for each WMAO division to have one speaker related to their mission present at one of the six seminars. This will allow for more diverse programming involving the many interests encapsulated within water resources.
 
This change comes amidst increased WMAO luncheon attendance following the switch to virtual meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic. With this in mind, future luncheons are planned to be presented simultaneously in-person and virtual once it is again safe to gather in person.
 
2021 WMAO luncheons are tentatively planned for:
  • February 17
  • April 21
  • June 16
  • August 18
  • October 20
  • December 8
 
More information on each seminar will be announced at a later date. We are excited for the opportunity to highlight the important missions of each of the WMAO divisions with this new schedule and hope you will join us!
If you have any questions, feel free to email OhioWRC@osu.edu.
From Our USGS Partner
Why is nitrate increasing in some U.S. streams, despite best efforts?
Despite the tremendous effort invested in reducing the use of nitrogen, widespread decreases in nitrate loads in US rivers and streams remain elusive—what gives? A new study from the USGS provides more evidence that the culprit is the slow release to streams of nitrogen that has accumulated in groundwater and other storage areas, known as legacy nitrogen.

The study used a dynamic modeling technique to examine daily loads and concentrations of nitrate for 2002–2012 in 320 streams across the contiguous U.S. The study focused on winter low-flow conditions (January through March), when much of streamflow is contributed by upwelling groundwater or by point sources such as wastewater treatment plant effluent. Elevated nitrate concentrations (> 2 mg/L as nitrogen) typically were in areas with intensive use of nitrogen-containing fertilizer or in high-density metropolitan areas with wastewater treatment plant discharges.

The good news is that downward trends in nitrate concentration were more common than upward trends. However, in streams where groundwater contributed more than 40% of the total winter nitrate load, upward trends outnumbered downward trends 2 to 1, reflecting the influence of legacy nitrate in groundwater discharging to the streams.

Scientists found that the relation between stream discharge and nitrate concentration was a good predictor of whether legacy nitrate was affecting stream water quality. Determination of this relation is straightforward and requires a modest amount of data. This information could be used to provide insights into the areas of the Nation where legacy nitrate has the greatest potential to affect stream water quality.
News Updates
Via Journalist's Resource, November 23, 2020

Via Stormwater Report, November 23, 2020

Via Toledo Blade, November 27, 2020

Via Water Finance & Management, November 30, 2020

Via E&E News, December 1, 2020

Via Stormwater Report, December 1, 2020

Via Water Finance & Management, December 4, 2020

Via wkyc, December 10, 2020

Via Great Lakes Echo, December 14, 2020

Via PR Newswire, December 17, 2020

Via Phys, December 17, 2020

Via Star Beacon, December 19, 2020

Via WTOL 11, December 20, 2020

Via NOAA Research News, December 21, 2020

Via Ohio EPA, December 22, 2020

Via Water & Waste Digest, December 23, 2020

Via Ohio EPA, December 24, 2020

Via The Marietta Times, December 28, 2020

Via Ohio EPA, December 28, 2020

Via Ohio EPA, December 29, 2020
Have a news article you'd like us to feature in our Newsletter? Email us at OhioWRC@osu.edu!
Opportunities
NSF - Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)
The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas:
  • Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM)
  • Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)
This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.
The Preliminary Proposal Deadline is January 12, 2021.
The Full Proposal Deadline is April 26, 2021.
Click here for more information.
EPA Deployment of Innovative Water Technologies for Very Small Drinking Water Systems, Areas Served by Private Wells and Source Waters - Request for Applications
EPA announces a new funding opportunity to facilitate multi-state cooperation and adoption of innovative water technologies. Expected outcomes of research from this RFA include: Reduced economic costs of deploying demonstrated innovative water technologies; Improved public health and reduced risks of deploying demonstrated innovative water technologies; and Streamlined approval process for demonstrated innovative technologies that provide clean drinking water supplies with minimal environmental impact. The RFA Close Date is January 12, 2021.
Click Request for Applications for more information.
Viral Pathogen and Surrogate Approaches for Assessing Treatment Performance In Water Reuse Request for Applications (RFA) and Informational Webinar
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the opening of the Viral Pathogen and Surrogate Approaches for Assessing Treatment Performance In Water Reuse Request for Applications (RFA). This funding opportunity aims to support research into the development of standardized approaches to identify, characterize, and validate suitable viral surrogates and enumeration methods for quantifying the potential human health risks posed by the concentrations of human enteric viral pathogens found in reclaimed wastewater. The Close Date is January 13, 2021.
WEF Water Leadership Institute
The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. This intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. Participants will build skills and knowledge needed to affect change within their organizations. Participation in this program is determined by a competitive application process. The 2021 application period is open through January 14, 2021.
Ohio Section American Water Works Association (OAWWA) 2021 Fresh Ideas Competition
This year’s 2021 Fresh Ideas Competition is for students and professionals who have graduated within the past year. Abstract applications are due January 29, 2021. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by Ohio drinking water professionals. The top three abstracts will be selected for an Oral Presentation at the 2021 One Water Technical Conference held from July 26 to July 29, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The remaining abstracts will be invited to do a Poster Presentation at the conference. Cash awards defined below will be presented to the oral presenters and top three poster presenters. Also, the six prize winners will receive a complimentary one-year AWWA student membership.
OAWWA Undergraduate Advanced Degree/Continuing Education Scholarship
To encourage water industry related education through scholarship. This scholarship program has been created in an effort to give back to the individuals who support the water industry and the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association. Click here for details.
OAWWA Graduate/Adult Continuing Education Degree Scholarship
To encourage water industry related education through scholarship. This scholarship program has been created in an effort to give back to the individuals who support the water industry and the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association. Click here for details.
One AWWA Operator Scholarship
AWWA's The Water Equation Campaign and the Ohio Section will award a One AWWA Operator Scholarship for Water Operator training and education. Scholarship award can be used for certification/licensure, two-year water related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and operator related conferences. Each scholarship recipient will receive a one-year AWWA Operator membership. Click here for details.

Application deadline: February 5, 2020.
EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) National Student Design Competition - Request for Applications
EPA announces the release of the 18th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on P3 – Phase I Request for Applications (RFA). This collegiate design competition promotes the use of scientific and engineering principles to create innovative projects to address environmental challenges and develop real-world solutions. EPA is seeking applications in the research areas of Air Quality, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, Sustainable and Healthy Communities, and Chemical Safety. The RFA Close Date is February 9, 2021.

Click Request for Applications for more information.
2021 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program
The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2021 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist. To apply visit here for more information & to access the online application. The deadline for applications is 19 February 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 2022
The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship. Ohio Sea Grant asks that all applicants contact our office prior to the application deadline. All application materials must be received by February 19, 2021.
To find more resources offered by Ohio WRC, please visit: https://wrc.osu.edu/resources
Policy Update
2020 Nutrient Mass Balance Study for Ohio's Major Rivers
The Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water (DSW) has published the 2020 Nutrient Mass Balanace Study (NMB) for Ohio's Major Rivers. The NMB was completed for nine watersheds in Ohio in both the Lake Erie and Ohio River drainages. The objective of the study is to determine nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) loads and relative proportions of point and nonpoint sources. The study highlights differences between the watersheds both as total loads and relative contributions from different sources in the watersheds. The study identifies opportunities for data collection and new approaches that can refine future analysis on a biennial basis. Click here for the final report. Please contact Mari Piekutowski at Marianne.Mansfield@epa.ohio.gov for any questions regarding this report.
Final 2021 WPCLF PMP
Ohio EPA is pleased to announce the approval of the final 2021 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Program Management Plan (PMP). The WPCLF provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help to address the quality of Ohio's rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies. The Final 2021 PMP is available for review or download. Additionally, the WPCLF affordability criteria and list of entities eligible for principal forgiveness in program year 2022 are available under the Rules/Documents tab. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at defamail@epa.ohio.gov for more details.
Draft Guidance for Determining when Source and Treatment Changes Trigger Optimal Corrosion Control Evaluation 
DDAGW seeks comments on the Guidance Document, ENG-9119-GD-Guidelines for Determining when Source and Treatment Changes Trigger Optimal Corrosion Control Evaluation. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on when a source or treatment change in a public water system (PWS) requires the evaluation of optimal corrosion control treatment (OCCT).
Please submit comments to ddagw_ppg@epa.ohio.gov by January 29, 2021.
Upcoming Events
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners - TCWP 2021 Webinar Series
January 13, 2021  • Virtual Webinar
The first of the TWCP Webinar Series will include presentations from:
  • Dr. Michael Liptak (EnviroScience), The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: updates to the definition of “Waters of the U.S.”
  • Carlyn Rocazella (EnviroScience), Restoring Habitat for Native Pollinators

TCWP will be hosting webinars the second Wednesday of each month from January through April at 9:00 - 11:00 am EST. Each session earns 2 CEUs. All sessions include speakers/topics related to stormwater practices, restoration, and engineering. Visit here to register and locate information on future webinars. Registration ends at 4 pm the day prior to each webinar.
University of Illinois Conference - Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference 2021
April 27-28, 2021 • Virtual Conference
Mark your calendars for ECEC21. As in past years, the conference will feature presentations and lightning talks on the latest research, policy, and outreach on emerging contaminants in soils, water, and air. There will be opportunities for attendees to interact with presenters and each other through planned virtual spaces. Visit here for updates and Call for Abstracts.
WEF Conference - Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2021
May 11-14, 2021 • Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH
Save the date for the 2021 Residuals and Biosolids Conference and plan to experience a robust program highlighting continued advances in the wastewater residuals and biosolids sector. Potential speakers are invited to submit an abstract for podium presentation, workshop, virtual presentation, or exhibitor mobile session.
River Rally 2021 Program
May 17-20, 2021 • Virtual Event
Join us for the second Virtual River Rally! Our engaging and fun virtual program will run for four empowering days. Featuring ‘live’ content including plenaries, workshops, discussions, and inspiring reflections from award recipients, along access to a huge library of recorded workshops, opportunities to connect with peers, and an innovative new community platform that will connect the network for years to come. Registration opens January 11, 2021 – we hope you’ll join us!
2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference
May 19-21, 2021 • Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Sandusky, OH & Virtual
The 2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference is an annual conference dedicated to advance the knowledge and understanding of comprehensive stormwater management for those dealing in all aspects of planning, design, implementation and regulatory compliance. The conference will provide updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention. The 2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference is a great opportunity to strengthen your skills and knowledge in an intensive workshop setting with other colleagues. This is anticipated to be a hybrid event.
2021 WEF Stormwater Summit
June 21-23, 2021 • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
The Water Environment Federation is hosting the Stormwater Summit in cooperation with the Central States Water Environment Association. This Summit is crafted to deepen the technical knowledge of professionals involved in stormwater and provide forums where leading issues in the sector are discussed. The conference will include oral presentations, interactive discussions, pre-conference workshops, exhibits, mobile sessions, opportunities for networking in dynamic settings, as well as virtual components.
2021 AEESP Research and Education Conference
July 13-15, 2021 • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors' 2021 AEESP Research and Education Conference is planned for July. The conference theme is Environmental Engineering and Science at the Confluence: Convergence in Education and Research. A call for abstracts is out now, with abstracts due by January 29, 2021.
2021 One Water Technical Conference
July 26-29, 2021 • Duke Energy Convention Center Cincinnati, OH
OAWWA and OWEA are excited to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 2021 One Water Technical Conference has now opened! You may submit your abstract here by January 15, 2021. The water and wastewater industries both face similar challenges with new and current regulatory requirements and development of emerging technologies as well as industry maintenance of our aging infrastructure being at a premium for our water and wastewater providers. We are looking to provide our members and conference attendees with a unique opportunity to gain professional development and educational opportunities for both industries at the same time.
76th SWCS International Annual Conference
July 26-28, 2021 • Virtual Event
The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) invites submissions for the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference! You may submit your abstract here by February 17, 2021. The three-day event will provide the opportunity for attendees around the world to share their conservation stories and bring natural resource management solutions from far and wide into their homes and offices. This year’s conference theme, “One World, Connected through Conservation,” encompasses the shared resources on which all life depends while recognizing local-level issues and management.
Have an event you'd like us to feature in our Newsletter? Email us at OhioWRC@osu.edu!
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