April 4, 2007
News from the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
- Maine WRRI Grant Program: FY08 Request for Proposals
- Environmental Solutions Initiative Update
- 2007 Maine Water Conference Poster Awards
- Project WET Workshop at UMaine
Maine WRRI Grant Program: FY08 Request for Proposals
The request for pre-proposals from the Maine - USGS Water Research Resources Institute (a program of the Mitchell Center) has been issued. This constitutes the FY08 Maine grants program as authorized by the federal Water Resources Research Act of 1984. This request for pre-proposals is for research and information transfer projects in the areas of water resources and related environmental sciences. The focus for 2008 is related to strengthening of stakeholder involvement in identifying and solving water resource management problems. Projects addressing this focus will be given priority, subject to peer review. Approximately $90,000 (depending on Congressional appropriations) will be awarded following external peer review and selection by a panel of Maine environmental specialists and researchers.
Pre-proposal deadline: Wednesday, May 2, 2007.
Complete guidelines are available at:
Environmental Solutions Initiative Update
The next scheduled ESI meeting will be on Thursday, April 19, 1pm-3pm, Room 107 Norman Smith Hall. Kathleen Bell, Resource Economics and Policy, and Rob Lilieholm, School of Forest Resources, will discuss alternative futures for the lower Penobscot River watershed. The discussion will include what "futures" are likely to result from continued change in the watershed, and what impact these may have on the region's economy, environment and quality of life. Alternative futures modeling and how such models may be used to depict the consequences of various land use policies in the region will also be discussed.
Refreshments will be served.
For additional information on the Environmental Solutions Initiative go to:
2007 Maine Water Conference Poster Awards
Congratulations to the 2007 Maine Water Conference juried poster competition award winners. Winners receive a cash award of $100 and their names are engraved on a plaque displayed at the Mitchell Center.
The Maine Water Conference juried poster competition is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research.
2007 High School Competition Award
Bangor High School.
Detecting the Presence of Estrogen Receptor Agonists in Maine Lakes.
2007 Undergraduate Competition Award
Andrew Adelfio (student), Dylan Harrison-Atlas (student), Katherine Renwick (student), David Firmage, Danielle Garneau, and Kirsten Ness.
Department of Biology, Colby College, Waterville, ME.
Analysis of Land-Use Patterns in the Long Pond North Watershed and Their Effects on Water Quality.
2007 Graduate Competition Award
Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME.
Mercury Residues in Ingested Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Prey Fish as Evidence for Selective Foraging.
Additional information on the Maine Water Conference is available at:
Project WET Workshop at UMaine
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of k-12 students.
Northern Maine Project WET workshop:
Friday, May 18, 2007, 9am-3pm
Room 107, Norman Smith Hall, UMaine, Orono, ME
Registration fee: $25
Snacks provided. Bring your own lunch.
Workshop Facilitator: Laura Wilson, UMaine Coop. Ext.
Participants will receive:
- The Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide
- An overview of the resource
- Practice implementation of activities
- Assessment ideas
- 0.6 CEUs available
For more information or to register:
Laura Wilson, 207/581-2971.
Ruth Hallsworth, 207/581-3196.
Web site: http://www.umaine.edu/projectwet