Tomorrow a meeting to discuss the USDA/CREES call will be in Weil 365.  See below.



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From: Water Institute Expertise Faculty [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mckee,Kathleen A

Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 10:04 PM

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Subject: USDA/CSREES RFP Santa Fe Watershed


Dear Water Institute Affiliated Faculty


Tuesday Feb 27 from 3:30 to 5 we will be meeting to coordinate a group

that will develop research, extension, education ideas for the USDA RFP

included below, leveraging data and work developed in the Ichetucknee

springshed / Santa Fe basin.


We hope to leverage work being done on the funded Santa Fe basin

Hydrologic Observatory Testbed as well

expertise in the Ichetucknee Springs working group, SRWMD, FDACS, IFAS

extension and FDEP.


If you are interested and/or have research / extension / education

interests in this basin, please let us know and if you are able to join

this meeting.


The proposal is due April 4th.


Thank you,


Kathleen McKee


UF Water Institute 

570 Weil Hall

PO Box 116601

Gainesville, FL 32611-6601

ph 352-392-5893




USDA/CSREES  National Integrated Water Quality Program Grant   


3. Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Projects

Program Area 110.D



All proposed projects in Program Area 110.D MUST present a FULLY

integrated research, education, and extension approach to solve water

resource problems at the whole watershed scale that include linked

research objectives, education objectives, and extension/outreach




Projects submitted to Section 110.D will be evaluated, in part, based

upon the degree to which they address the following items. Projects

responding to this section of the RFA MUST:



*     Identify the cause of water resource degradation;

*     Solve water resource problems at the whole watershed scale.

Applications that propose work at a spatial scale other than the whole

watershed must demonstrate that the geospatial scale or entity (state,

county, or community) is the most appropriate scale of investigation and

will ultimately result in watershed level improvements in water

resources. Projects at the plot- or field-scale will not be accepted;

*     Include hypothesis-driven research that fills the knowledge gaps

that are critical to the development of practices and programs that will

improve the quality of the Nation's water resources;

*     Create educational deliverables (e.g., interdisciplinary

curriculums, experiential learning for undergraduates and graduate

students) that will train the next generation of scientists and

educators who will work to improve the Nation's water resources;

*     Deliver an effective extension/outreach program that will lead

to measurable behavior change in an identified audience or stakeholder


*     Include a management plan (developed with input from stakeholder

advisory groups, watershed councils, or other community led action

teams) that leads to measurable improvements in the watershed condition;


*     Develop and implement an evaluation plan that demonstrates the

impact of the project through measured improvements in water quality

and/or measurable behavior change.



Projects MUST address one of the three following priority question areas

presented below:



*     What leads to measurable behavior change of farmers, ranchers

and landowners or land managers regarding the practices they implement

to protect water quality or manage water use? What factors (physical,

social, economic, or institutional) foster or impede adoption and/or

maintenance of practices or technologies? What are the most effective

tools (for the identified audience) to promote real change?



*     What are the hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological conditions

needed to restore the structure and function of aquatic or estuarine

ecosystems impacted by agricultural water use (surface water or

groundwater) or agricultural non-point source pollution? How do social,

cultural, economic, and/or institutional factors hinder or promote

implementation of existing hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological




*     A wide array of factors (physical, biological, cultural, and

economic) lead to water quality impairments in watersheds. These factors

are not evenly distributed across a watershed - indicating that some

areas within a watershed pose a greater risk to water quality

impairment. How do these multiple factors interact at the watershed

scale to impact water quality? What new outreach and education tools are

needed to improve the efficacy of conservation practice implementation

and maintenance? Successful projects should develop tools that can be

used by stakeholders within a watershed and across a broader regional

landscape to identify those areas that pose the greatest risk to degrade

water quality. Projects should describe how research and extension

activities can lead to improved effectiveness of conservation practices

and programs at the watershed scale.



Preference will be given to projects that: 


*     Demonstrate a substantial potential to enhance 


                  (i) The long term knowledge base;


                  (ii) Existing opportunities for leveraging; and 


                  (iii) Active public and private sector participation.


*     Take advantage of the participatory research, education, and

extension opportunities engendered by watershed restoration and

continued watershed management; and/or 

*     Focus on watersheds where the project will better inform policy

makers in developing the most equitable multi-state and/or regional

strategies for water quality improvement.  



All PDs funded in this section of the program are expected to

participate in the annual CSREES National Water Conference.  Reasonable

travel expenses to the CSREES National Water Conference may be claimed

as part of the project budget. 



The intent of the NIWQP is to have Integrated Research, Education, and

Extension projects funded by the program participate in, coordinate

with, and share suitable information with the appropriate Regional Water

Quality program. These interactions are intended to expand the

geographic scope and impact of Integrated Research, Education, and

Extension projects to a broader regional audience. Award recipients also

are expected to provide copies of annual reports and updates to the

appropriate Regional Water Quality Coordinator. Contact information for

the Regional Water Quality Coordinator will be provided to award

recipients at the time of the award. 



Examples of funded projects are available at