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 UF's display at the Smithsonian Museum's Folklife Festival. Photo
courtesy of Tyler Jones. 


October 9 - Florida
Museum of Natural History Science Café 
 7-8:30 p.m.
 3215 Hull Road,
Gainesville, FL 32611  

 November 16 - Joanna Endter-Wada [6],
Associate Professor, Department of Environment and Society, College of
Natural Resources, Utah State University

Roger Kjelgren [7], Department
of Plants, Soils and Climate, College of Agriculture, Utah State

209 Emerson Alumni Hall, Gainesville, FL; 2 pm - 3 pm and

3 pm - 4 pm 

WIGF Practicum Presentations
Summer Law Program,
conservation clinic in Costa Rica - Presentations relevant to Tempisque
OCTOBER 1 (Newins Ziegler 376), OCTOBER 5 (Frazier Rogers Hall
122), OCTOBER 22 (Frazier Rogers Hall 122)
 Presentations on variable
topics at 12pm and 12:30pm each day   

October 1, 2012 


A word from the Director:
The Water Institute enters its
second five years in the midst of growing scientific, public and
political awareness of water issues, and the pressing need for locally
relevant and nationally pertinent research, education and knowledge
transfer programs. I am pleased to release our revised Strategic Plan
[8] (2012-2017) which renews our focus on developing new knowledge, and
creating innovative engineering, policy and educational approaches to
manage complex water issues. The plan continues our established emphasis
on strong interdisciplinary research and educational programs, and
expands to also include partnership with UF/Extension in their newly
articulated strategic initiative "Enhancing and Protecting Water
quality, Quantity, and Supply". Bringing together the diverse strengths
in water science, engineering and policy at UF continues to define us. I
encourage you to visit our website and become an affiliate faculty

 Wendy Graham, Ph.D.
Director UF Water Institute,
Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources 

Water Utilities and Climate
Working Group gains momentum
 A second NOAA funded project has emerged
from the Water Institute-led Public Water Supply Utilities-Climate
Impacts Working Group (PWSU-CIWG [9]). Set to begin in October, the
project will use seasonal climate forecasts to minimize short-term
operational risks for water supply and ecosystem restoration. Dr. Wendy
Graham (PI) and Dr. Christopher Martinez (Co-PI) intend to evaluate the
use of National Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) forecasts for two water
supply applications: Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply
Authority and Tampa Bay Water and an ecosystem restoration application
within the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)/Everglades
National Park. In other news, working group partner, Tampa Bay Water, is
highlighted in the feature article of NOAA's ClimateWatch magazine [10].
Click on the videos in the article to hear from why a group like this is
helpful and how the collaborative research is facilitating climate
science in utility operations decision-making.

Water Institute Graduate
Fellows (WIGF) go abroad to Costa Rica's Tempisque Basin
 The 2011 WIGF
student and faculty cohort [11] ventured to Costa Rica to top off their
first year in the program. The group joined the Levin College of Law
Conservation Clinic and the International Environmental Law Skills Lab
program to gain experience in providing short-term development
assistance (consultancies) and working in interdisciplinary teams. All
projects focused on water management issues pertinent to the
Tempisque-Bebedero Basin, one of Costa Rica's largest and most
water-limited watersheds. The projects included an investigation of
legal, socioeconomic, and environmental issues. Presentations of
research projects are planned for the month of October (see Upcoming
Events). Read more...  [12] 

 UF Smithsonian exhibition at Folklife
Festival, Washington, D.C.
 Water: Connections for Life was the theme of
the University of Florida exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
[13] in Washington, D.C. held in late June and early July of this summer
in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Land Grant Institutions.
Water Institute staff participated in the design and hosting of exhibit.
The Florida Museum of Natural History is featuring the exhibit from
September 29, 2012 - January 2, 2013. The Water Institute is hosting a
Science Café [14], designed to inspire discourse about water
sustainability in Florida, at the Florida Museum of Natural History on
October 9th.

 Recent awards for affiliate faculty 

 Dr. Ramesh Reddy,
the recipient of the "Wetland Lifetime Achievement Award" by the
International Association for Ecology (above, left) and Dr. Wendy
Graham, the recipient of the ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award
from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
(above, right)  

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