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October 27-28, 2008, 2nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium. Also see Planning Committee.

The 2008 Great Valley Water Resources Science Forum will be held at Millwood Fire Hall in Winchester, Virginia on October 27. The Fourm is again being held in conjunction with the Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium. However, the Forum will return to its normal format of water science presentations. The Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium will be held the following day (October 28) at the same facility. The Symposium will have 3 panels presenting on the development and applications of ground-water flow models; drought prediction, monitoring, and impacts; and water quality issues. The panels will include scientists who presented at the Forum and representatives of state and county agencies who need, fund, and use the results of water-resources investigations. This will be a very good opportunity for interaction between scientists and their customers.

June 23, 2008, SHENAIR Meeting. See EPA Report on the Environment for Region 3 as possible framework for future State of the Region Report.

May 15, 2008, Leadership Recognition Day.

May 15, 2008, Quality of Life Workshop.

March 19, 2008, Working Final Draft Symposium Report.

January 7, 2008, Announcement and Final Review Draft, December 12, 2007. Please provide comments, additions and corrections by January 25, 2008. Also see Shenandoah Valley Water Strategic Plan.

September 12-13, 2007, Growing Communities on Karst Proceedings available. Note: Please see new separate Web 2.0 Wiki.

First Shenandoah Valley Natural Systems Symposium: Science for “Taking Care of the Water” plus Air & Land Relationships, October 15 – 16, 2007, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Objective: Build A Shenandoah Valley Science Plan that will inform policy makers. Organized by the Shenandoah Valley Science Collaborative.

Dear Shenandoah Valley Science Symposium Participant: The Science Collaborative Planning Committee will be meeting to continue working on the Science Plan. The target date for the Symposium report is November 7. One idea raised was that of having a Symposium next year. To help us evaluate this Symposium, please reply (tchrist@shentel.netmail) answering the questions below while the event is fresh in your mind. Evaluation Questions: 1. Things I liked. 2. Things to improve. 3. Topics for 2008 and/or other comments.

Sponsors (A Public-Private Partnership for a National Infrastructure for Community Science):

Science Questions:

  • 1. What is the inter-relationship of flow between groundwater and stream flow in the Shenandoah Valley? (groundwater flows into streams and stream flows back to the groundwater)
  • 2. What are the current levels of groundwater pollution in the Valley (How much of the problem is caused by natural causes, septic failures, farming, urban runoff, etc. and how can these be remediated and prevented?)
  • 3. Can groundwater budgets be defined by local area? (The USGS is working on a water budget for the region. However, as it is expensive to build water distribution systems it would be extremely useful to have groundwater budgets by small localized area.)
  • 4. If #3 is not possible, can underground “watersheds” be defined for karst areas? The long held assumption has been that underground water flow mirrors surface water flow, but that assumption has been proven false. (We understand that underground watersheds have been defined for karst areas in Kentucky.)
  • 5. What is the potential for deepwater reservoirs as either a source of water or as a storage area?
  • 6. What is the interrelationship between air quality and water quality? (The NOAA funded, ShenAir project should provide useful data but the data will need to be studied and interpreted.)
  • 7. What is the interrelationship between soil quality and water retention and water quality? (According to a USDA study, a section of soil containing 4-5% organic matter with a humus reading of 12-15 can hold double its weight in water – absorbing a 3-4 “ rain event in a hour compared to soil with a humus rating of 6-9 which can only absorb ½ inch of rain per hour.)

Further in pursuit of this information, development of a Science Plan for the Strategy Number 4 of the Plan is to develop a “Shenandoah Valley Water Resources Science Plan” to provide decision-makers with the ability to better see how policy actions affect future watershed conditions. The purpose of this Symposium is to scope out the science needed to answer these questions as well as consider related science questions that relate to maintaining and improving water quality in the region. Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Resources Strategic Plan.

July 2, 2008, SHENAIR Air Management Policies and Air Quality Modeling Documents for Review Comments by July 22nd (see bottom of page).
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