IAEF Awards Trip To Irrigation Show To Tennessee Student

A University of Tennessee student who promotes water conservation through the use of reclaimed water has won a trip to Florida to the 25th International Irrigation Show, the Irrigation Association Education Foundation announced.

Michelle Bunch, of Athens, Tenn., was awarded a trip to Tampa, Fla., and full registration to the irrigation show, including travel, three nights lodging and a full show registration. Bunch's instructor, Gary Menendez, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will receive a show registration and complimentary hotel.

"As we continue to purify wastewater and use reclaimed water, it pays for itself through environmental benefits that future generations can use, enjoy and benefit from," Bunch said in her winning paper.

Several technical papers for agriculture and for turf/landscape scheduled for presentation during the IA show address various aspects of using reclaimed water. At least two agricultural papers will look at the effects of applying wastewater to grass and forage crops. On the turf/landscape side, researchers will look at using air conditioner condensate and rainwater gathered in cisterns for irrigation.

Students were asked to submit a paper or project that encourages water management and conservation related to irrigation systems used in landscape or agriculture sites.

The 25th International Irrigation Show runs Nov. 14-16 in Tampa, with irrigation courses and certification exams offered Nov. 11-16.

For more information on the IAEF, visit www.iaef.com, or the Irrigation Association, www.irrigation.org.

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