The USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) Water Quality Program brings university scientists, instructors, and extension educators into more effective and efficient partnerships with Federal interagency priority programs while addressing water quality issues in U.S. agriculture. This program also provides the flexibility necessary for CSREES to bring the resources of researchers, instructors, and extension educators into national initiatives and programmatic partnerships that target evolving water quality needs.
The conference will provide opportunities for water quality professionals engaged in research, extension, and education to share knowledge and ideas, to identify and update emerging issues, and to network with the CSREES National Water Quality Program. State water quality coordinators will learn the latest information about water quality issues in other states and at the federal level.
Invited and a limited number of volunteer speakers will address a wide range of issues associated with water quality research, education, and extension during the general session and concurrent sessions. The majority of volunteer presenters will be scheduled to present their information in an evening poster session. There will be plenty of opportunity for interaction during Q&A, topical discussion periods and networking functions.
The Call for Abstracts will begin June 23, 2003 and conclude on September 1, 2003. The program committee will review all abstract submittals, make selection of oral and poster presenters and notify all authors in October whether accepted for presentation or not. In October, the conference agenda will list all presenters. All abstracts will be posted to the National Water Quality web site (www.usawaterquality.org) in December for viewing by conference participants and others.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Quality Coordination Program - Jennifer Aiosa and Tom Simpson, University of Maryland
Southern Region Water Quality Information System - Diane Boellstorff, Texas Cooperative Extension
Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Quality Program: Building on Success - Christine French, CSREES Region IX
Region 10 (Pacific Northwest) Water Quality Program - Robert Mahler, University of Idaho
New England Region Water Quality Program - Alyson McCann, University of Rhode Island
The CSREES National Water Quality Program - Mark McFarland, USDA-CSREES
The Southern Region Water Quality Coordination Project - Mark McFarland, Texas A&M University
Heartland Regional Water Quality Coordination Initiative - Gerald Miller, Iowa State University
Water Quality Coordination in US EPA Region 2 - Jeffrey Potent, Cornell University
Great Lakes Regional Water Quality Coordination Program - Robin Shepard and Rebecca Power, University of Wisconsin
Coordinated Agricultural Water Quality Programming for EPA Region VIII - Lloyd R Walker, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
Policy Education for State Decision-making about CAFO Rules in the Mid-Atlantic Region Charles Abdalla, Alyssa Dodd, Les Lanyon, and Robert Graves, Penn State University and Cooperative Extension
Cattle Production Practices in Grazed Watersheds of the Humid Region Carmen Agouridis, University of Kentucky
Application of SIMPOTATO model for Nitrogen Management of Potato in Sandy Soils to Minimize Nitrate Ashok Alva, USDA-ARS
Karst Campaign for Clean water, Productive Soil and Profitable Farms Jim Anderson, University of Minnesota Extension Service
NO3-N Seasonal Fluctuation in Soil/Surface Water - Groundwater Continuums G. Anguelov, I. Anguelova, N. Bailey and R. Bradford, Florida A&M University
Evaluation of Livestock Environmental Management System Pilot Projects Elizabeth Bird, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Potential for Nitrogen Removal in Agricultural Headwater Streams Virginie Bouchard, The Ohio State University
South Dakota Water Quality Activities: Assisting producers conduct on-farm research David Clay, South Dakota State University
Simulation and Validation of Phosphorus Loading in Furrow Irrigation Tailwater Albert Clemmens, USDA- ARS
A Policy Evaluation of Transport Subsidies for Poultry Litter in West Virginia Alan Collins, West Virginia University
Change in Filter Strip Performance over Time Michael Dosskey, USDA Forest Service
N- Vs. P-Based Manure Applications and Water Quality Impact Zhengxia Dou, University of Pennsylvania
Multi-State Approach to Conservation Professional Development and Training Kevin Erb, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Managing N and P in Manures and Biosolids in Virginia Greg Evanylo, Virginia Tech
Land Application of Livestock Manure in Hawaii and the American Pacific, Carl Evensen, University of Hawaii
Control of Agricultural Loading Using Conservation Buffers Thomas Franti, University of Nebraska
Influence of Nitrogen Rates on Yield of Staked Tomato and Ground Cover Effect on Residual Nitrates C. S. Gardner, O. S. Mbuya, G. L. Queeley and H. M. Edwards, Florida A&M University; F. M. Rhoads, University of Florida
Mortality Disposal Alternative Kevin Heflin, Texas Cooperative Extension
Best Management Practices for Selenium Prevention Aung Hla, Colorado State University
Educating Amish on Best Management Practices James Hoorman, The Ohio State University Extension
Fate and Transport of Sex Hormones from Poultry Litter Applied to Till and No Till Cropping Systems Michael Jenkins, USDA-ARS
Alabama Farm*A*Syst Program for Low Income and Underserved Farmers -an Update Jesse LaPrade, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University
A Farmers Guide to Agriculture and Water Quality Issues Laura Lombardo, Jean Spooner, Don Meals, Ted Feitshans, Michael Burchell, Kris Bass, Brandon King, North Carolina State University; Bob Williamson and Ellen Smoak, North Carolina A&T University; Peter Wright, Cornell University; Brent Hallock, Cal Poly University; Bernard Engel, Purdue University; Mark Sobsey, University of NC at Chapel Hill North Carolina State University
Constructed Wetlands for Improving Water Quality of Agricultural Run-off in Northwest Louisiana Eddie Millhollon, LSU Agricultural Center
Integrated Agricultural Management Systems for Improving Water Quality in Kansas Jeffery Neel, Kansas State University
Environmentally Sound Uses for Poultry Litter Doug Parker, Erik Lichtenberg and Lori Lynch, University of Maryland
Treatment of N in Swine Wastewater by Marsh-Pond-Marsh Constructed Wetlands Gudigopuram Reddy, North Carolina A&T State University
Use of the SWAT Model for Modeling Manure Nutrient Imports in Turfgrass Sod to a Suburban Watershed Chad Richards, Texas A&M University
Integration of Spatial Technologies to Modernize Resource Management in Alabama Donn Rodekohr, Auburn University
Application of GIS for Public Outreach Related to a Hog Facility Project Bruce Seelig, North Dakota State University
Evaluation of Cow-Calf BMPs for Controlling P Discharges in the Lake Okeechobee Basin Sanjay Shukla, Univ. of Florida
Innovation in Agricultural Conservation for the Chesapeake Bay Tom Simpson, University of Maryland; Connie Musgrove, U.S. EPA; and Ron Korcak, USDA- ARS
Nutrient Management Science in Policy in Maryland - Tom Simpson and Scott Angle, University of Maryland
Environmental Management Systems for the Iowa Beef Feedlot Industry - Jim Venner and John Lawrence, Iowa State University
Are Benches in Agricultural Ditches a Benefit? Andy Ward, The Ohio State University
Environmental Training for the Arkansas Livestock Industry Melony Wilson and Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas
Tools for Prioritizing Ground Water Protection in Colorado Troy Bauder, Colorado State University
Pollution Prevention Assessment and Action What Value is Added by National Theme Facilitation? Elizabeth Bird, UW-Madison Environmental Resources Center
Water Quality Education and Outreach in Texas Diane Boellstorff, Texas Cooperative Extension
Surface Water Resource Development Bill Branch, LSU AgCenter
Stormwater Wetland Installation at The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC Jon Calabria, North Carolina State University
An Update of Water Quality Survey in Tribal Communities in Florida, Montana and Tennessee Sam Dennis, Tennessee State University
Stormwater Management in Your Own Backyard - Lisa Galloway Evrard, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Effectively Working with Volunteer Monitors Linda Green, Elizabeth Herron, Kris Stepenuck, Arthur Gold, Robin Shepard and Kelly Addy, Rhode Island & Wisconsin Extension
Reaching Communities Across Arizona With Water Education - D. Phillip Guertin, University of Arizona
Hands-on Education Tools: The FUNdamentals of agricultural and urban non-point source pollution Gary Hawkins, The University of Georgia
Study on the Infiltration Rate of Permeable Pavements Bill Hunt, North Carolina State University
Tailoring Educational Strategies to Mobilize Landscapers' Pollution Prevention Behaviors Mrill Ingram, Farm and Home Environmental Management Programs
Stream Restoration Training and Demonstration in Southeastern USA Greg Jennings, North Carolina State University
Effective Nitrate Pollution Control with Electrokinetics Dennis Larson, University of Arizona
Healthy Landscapes: Protecting Water Quality in Rural Landscapes Alyson McCann, University of Rhode Island
Drinking Water Education in Under-served Communities - LaDonna McCowan and Mike Smolen, Oklahoma State Extension
Influence of Landscape Change on Variable Saturation Areas Mahmood Nachabe, University of South Florida
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Water Quality Education Thomas Obreza, University of Florida
Water Outreach Education--A National Facilitation Project Kate Reilly, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fifteen Years of the Land Grant/EPA Partnership Jan Seago, WSU Cooperative Extension - Thurston County; Marilyn Freeman, University of Idaho; Karl Arne and Bevin Reid, EPA Region 10
Developing a Unified Message Concerning Water in Georgia - Rose Mary Seymour, Georgia Cooperative Extension The University of Georgia
Fostering Locally-Led, Voluntary Watershed Management John Tharp, University of Missouri
Assessment of Contamination in Land To Be Reclaimed as Surface Water, Wetland, or Riparian Habitat William Tucker, MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
Low-Impact Development Practices for the Virgin Islands Julie Wright, University of the Virgin Islands, Cooperative Extension
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Golf Outing "Water Quality Open"
Please join us at the
Biltmore Golf Club from Noon to 5:00 pm on their 18-hole world class course
(designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his classic design). An
informal tournament will be organized using the Stableford scoring system. You
need to supply a handicap on the conference registration form in order to
participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. The minimum number needed to hold the "Water Quality Open" is
12. At this time, no maximum number has been set.
Deep Sea Fishing
Take this opportunity to discuss issues with your peers
while wrestling your catch of the day, all from the deck of a 42' sport fishing
boat, the Mar-Chelle II. All fishing equipment will be provided. Please wear
comfortable clothes, sneakers and sunscreen for an afternoon on the Gulf of
Mexico. We'll be fishing for grouper, snapper, mackerel and kingfish. A minimum
of 18 people is needed and 38 is the maximum allowed aboard.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Linda Taylor with
It's Our Nature will led
a hike at Honeymoon Island State Park. The Osprey trail takes us through a
virgin slash pine forest and meets with the Pelican Cove trail where we will
explore the shoreline community of this barrier island. The total walk is a
moderately paced two and one half miles. Because January is nesting season for
osprey the nature hike is limited to 25 people. Minimum needed to register is
Clearwater Harbor Eco-Cruise
Clearwater Aquarium we will
board their 45 passenger boat for a 2-hour eco-cruise around Clearwater Harbor.
Their biologist will discuss the flora and fauna of the area. Be prepared to get
your hands wet because we'll conduct some basic H2O quality testing (salinity,
pH, nitrogen compounds, etc.) and discuss the water quality issues facing the
area. The biologist will pull an otter trawl and plankton net then discuss the
organisms caught. Minimum needed to conduct the boat ride is 20 people. And the
maximum is 45.
Florida Botanical Gardens
Please join us for a walking tour of nature, gardens, and history in the heart of Pinellas County, Florida. A portion of your 3-hour visit will be spent with staff from both Pinellas County Environmental Management and the Pinellas County Extension Service, who will discuss the controls and practices utilized by the County to protect the local watershed. After the formal tour you will have ample time to enjoy beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village, a restored collection of relocated pioneer-era structures. Minimum needed to register for the tour is 25 people, and the maximum is 45.
- For all field trips, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. And remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and bug spray.
- All prices on the registration form include round trip transportation from the hotel, as well as admission fees
The meeting registration fee includes a welcome reception on Monday, early morning, mid-day and afternoon refreshments each day, a poster reception on Tuesday, a closing reception on Wednesday and conference materials. The spouse/guest registration fee includes all three receptions (welcome, poster and closing).
All figures are presented in US dollars ($).
We are delighted you wish to register for the USDA-CSREES
National Water Quality Conference. While Advance Registration is closed, we will be happy to register you onsite at the conference, and look forward to your participation. Thank you.
Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before December 29, 2003.
A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after December 29, 2003.
Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at
1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.
25 Belleview Blvd.
The conference will be held at the Belleview Biltmore Resort, Golf Club & Spa located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Clearwater. Conveniently located in the heart of the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area, the resort is just 25 miles from the Tampa International Airport.
The Belleview Biltmore Resort, Golf Club & Spa is offering participants of the USDA-CSREES National Water Quality Conference a special guest room rate of $93.00 plus 11% tax with one or two people in a room and $103.00 with three people. The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the conference, based on availability. Contact the hotel at 1-800-237-8947. Be sure to identify yourself as being with the USDA National Water Quality Conference.
All reservation requests will require a guarantee with a credit card or a one-night advance payment on or before December 11, 2003. This advance payment is non-refundable if the guest does not arrive as schedules, or changes or cancels the reservation less than 24 hours prior to arrival. After December 11, the discounted group rate may not be available.
Rooms are available for check-in on the day of arrival after 3:00pm. Checkout is at 12:00 noon. If you are arriving early or leaving late, the resort has a secured baggage area.
Please note: As this is a discounted group rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents. Government employees with a state of Florida tax exempt certificate must present it along with their government credit card, in order to receive exempt status.
If you prefer to make your reservation by mail or FAX, you may click the link below for a printable PDF file that can be completed and returned to the Hotel.
If you prefer to make your reservation by mail or fax., you may click the link below for a printable PDF file that can be completed and returned to the Hotel.
Note: You need Adobe Acrobat
Reader installed to open and print the PDF file. (Available for free
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Dr. Thomas Obreza
Soil & Water Science Department
University of Florida/IFAS
PO Box 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
PHONE: 352-392-1951 ext. 243
Ms. Shelby Tatlock
Office of Conferences and Institutes (OCI)
University of Florida/IFAS
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
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