Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center at UMass Amherst

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World Water Day

World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year's theme is wastewater.

Hatch and Randhir comment about possible benefits of recent snow on regional drought

Christine Hatch, Geosciences, and Timothy Randhir, Environmental Conservation, are both quoted in a MassLive article about how the recent heavy snow fall could help reduce drought conditions in the region.... see article here

2017 WRIP Projects Announced

Projects selected for the FY17 USGS-funded Water Research Institutes Program have been selected.

Science Outside the Lab funding available for graduate students

Funding is available to Graduate Students to participate in Science Outside the Lab, a two-week policy immersion program in Washington, DC.

USGS recruiting Student Trainees

The U.S. Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center is in search of an entry level scientist to join its Surface Water Quality Studies Section. The scientist will provide field and laboratory support for numerous projects. See more details on our Jobs page.

Where Are They Now?

WRRC recently started contacting students who received funding through our Water Resources Institutes Program to find out what they are doing now.

USGS 104g FY17 RFP Released

12/15/2016: The annual Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Request for Proposals has been released by USGS for Fiscal Year 2017.

MassDEP announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announces the launch of a new Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit website, which serves as the state’s primary public education resource related to nonpoint source pollution.

The Toolkit includes sections focused on the major categories of nonpoint source pollution, 127 fact sheets on best management practices to reduce pollution, and a collection of “Interactive Scenarios” based on Massachusetts landscapes.

The Interactive Scenarios allow users to explore ways to reduce pollution and improve water quality in a variety of highly detailed landscapes that are typical in Massachusetts, including residential, agricultural, urban, roads, construction, and shoreline restoration. 

To view the Clean Water Toolkit, go to http://prj.geosyntec.com/npsmanual.  For more information, contact Malcolm Harper at Malcolm.harper[at]state.ma[dot]us .

WRIP project in the news

UMass Geosciences researcher David Boutt is establishing a high-resolution map and a database of natural chemical signatures – hydrogen and oxygen isotopes found in surface water, precipitation and groundwater – to better understand the isotopic composition of waters in the state and how groundwater is changing as a result of human activities. This project was made possible by a Water Resources Research Institutes grant from USGS, administered by the Ma. Water Resources Research Center. Our research fellow Travis Drury is working with Dr. Boutt on this project. Read more...

WRRC Joins Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About Vulnerable Infrastructure Systems.
1.2 million miles of US water mains translates to 26 miles of pipes for every mile of interstate highway. And, while the interstate system was built in the late 20th century, many of the water systems that country’s biggest cities rely on were built in the 1800s or early 1900s. That network is aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse.

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