USGS 104B Grant

About the US Geological Survey 104B Competitive Grants Program

Section 104B of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 authorized the formation of water research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. These 54 institutes are known as the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Each state receives funding from the US Geological Survey to support, coordinate and facilitate water research. Each year, the AWRC solicits research proposals as part of the 104B Program. The Center typically awards multiple larger faculty grants as well as smaller supplemental grants for graduate student research.

Current (FY2016) 104 B Projects

The Arkansas Water Resources Center funded seven projects selected through external peer review by the Technical Advisory Committee in 2016, including 3 faculty proposals and 4 student proposals with a faculty advisor. 


Faculty Research Projects:

Partitioning Rice Field Evaporation into Evaporation and Transpiration Components; Benjamin R.K. Runkle, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Comparative Microbial Community Dynamics in a Karst Aquifer System and Proximal Surface STream in Northwest Arkansas; Matthew Covington and Kristen Gibson, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Biological and Ecological Consequences of Sub-Lethal Ion Concentrations on Microbial and Macroinvertebrate Detritivores; Sally Entrekin and Michelle Evans-White, University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas - Fayetteville


Student Projects with Faculty Adviser:

Investigating Fate of Engineered Nanoparticles in Wastewater Biofilms; Connie Walden and Wen Zhang, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Tracking the Growth of on-Site Irrigation Infrastructure in the Arkansas Delta with Remote Sensing Analysis; Grant West and Kent Kovacs, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Characterization of Nutrient Sources, Transport Pathways, and Transformation Using Stable Isotope and Geochemical Tools in the Big Creek Watershed of Northwest Arkansas; Kelly Sokolosky and Phillip Hays, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Does Macrograzer Activity Drive Seasonal Variations in Algal Biomass in Ozark Streams?; Kayla Sayre and Michelle Evans-White, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville