AWRA: Margaret Kalcic named poster presentation winner at the 2013 Spring Specialty Conference on Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) held the 2013 Spring Specialty Conference on Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II in St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-27.

The national organization was able to field an exciting technical program. Dr. Cathy Kling, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University was the plenary speaker on economic and policy options for water quality issues in agricultural watersheds. Topics covered during the time-block sessions included legacy phosphorus management, climate change impacts on agriculture, biofuels and bioenergy crops, the two-stage ditch, irrigation, artificial drainage, watershed modeling, nutrient trading, emerging contaminants, and many more. Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology for the USDA NRCS, presented potential solutions for the water quality and hydrology challenges faced by U.S. agriculture during the Wednesday luncheon event. For students, Keith Goyne planned a speed networking session with professionals and a student paper and poster competition. All competitors were judged by numerous individuals and the highest average score for each presentation was used to determine final rankings.

The winner of the oral presentation competition was Mark Williams, The Pennsylvania State University. The winner of the poster presentation competition was our own Margaret Kalcic. Congratulations to Margaret and to her advisors, Drs. Chaubey and Frankenberger.