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WQS Poster Award Past  Winners
013: Brandy Bossle
2012: none
2011 - none
2010 -
Brooks Frost

Cari-Ann Hayer
2008 - none
2007 -
Eric Powers 


Congratulations to Brandy Bossle, winner of the WQS poster award granted this year at the National Meeting in Little Rock.  Her poster was entitled:  Mercury Bioaccumulation in Bluegill and Largemouth Bass From a Hunting and Fishing Site in South Carolina, USA

Student Focus: 
Graduate students Sagar Shrestha (left) and Jack Farrelly (right) at Aquaculture and  Fisheries Center of University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff  conducting water quality and fish community monitoring in an agricultural stream, southeast Arkansas, the Lower Mississippi River Basin

Project introduction
This is a long-term stream ecosystem restoration/ monitoring project funded by USDA. Since 2010, researchers in Arkansas have been working with landowners in the Mississippi River Delta to implement agricultural best management conservation practices (e.g., water and nutrient management, no till, wetlands creation) to protect soils and prevent /reduce sediment and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) loads into adjacent streams and eventually into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. This is a research effort with representative research teams from 13 Mississippi River Basin States. In southeast Arkansas, researchers have conducted a three-tiered monitoring (i.e., edge-of-field, adjacent stream, and 12-digit HUC watershed outlet) of water quality (mainly sediments and nutrients) and biological communities (algal biomass, macroinvertebrates, and fish communities). The overall goal is to study the long-term benefits of agricultural conservation activities on improving stream water quality and biological conditions in the Mississippi River Basin and mitigating the hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Water Quality Section Mission

Maintain an association of persons involved in the protection of watersheds, water quality, and aquatic habitat and in the abatement of water pollution and aquatic habitat and watershed deterioration;

Encourage improved professional and technical standards in the investigation, abatement, and regulation of water pollution, aquatic habitat, and watershed problems;

Focus attention on watershed, aquatic habitat, and water quality concerns by conducting symposia, workshops and projects, collecting and assembling information for publication, and distributing results to Society members and the public; and

Promote development and use of standardized procedures and techniques for investigating and regulating water quality, aquatic habitat, and watershed problems.


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