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20th Annual Palouse Basin Water Summit

The 20th  Annual Palouse Basin Water Summit is taking place on Thursday, October 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the SEL Event Center.  Erica Gies, an award-winning independent journalist who writes about water, climate change, plants and critters, will be a featured guest.  To learn more please visit the event website and view the program.

Graduate Research Traineeship: Rivers, Watersheds & Communities






Join the Graduate Research Traineeship: Rivers, Watersheds & Communities to become a STEM professional equipped to tackle challenges in the Columbia River Basin in collaboration with communities to ensure sustainable human and ecosystem health.

The Columbia River Basin is facing an invisible water quality crisis, negatively impacting human and ecosystem health. This interdisciplinary challenge requires expertise from a variety of fields to solve.

This program trains MSc and PhD students in engineering and science (incl. social sciences) to do research to tackle these problems, hand-in-hand with the communities impacted. By valuing Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western science, students will learn how to find solutions to these pressing challenges with their communities.


  • Professional development: opportunity to work with Tribes, agencies, organizations, and communities (internships, research projects, and more)
  • Student-centered mentoring from within and outside of WSU
  • $34,000 stipend & paid tuition & fees for 1 year
  • Opportunity to earn a Community Engagement in River and Watershed Systems Certificate
  • Collaborate with communities, including agencies and institutions, to do research that makes meaningful change
  • Learn to skillfully integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge, western scientific information, policy, and community interests and values
  • Learn from your peers: join an ever- growing cohort of trainees

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AWRA-WA Annual Conference Student Poster Presentations

Student poster presentation at a conference
Hailey Smith presents her work at the American Water Resources Association, Washington Section, annual conference.


The Water Research Center would like to acknowledge the students who presented their work during the poster session at the American Water Resources Association, Washington Section, annual conference on September 28, 2023.

    • Reetwika Basu, Ph.D., WSU Graduate

Poster Title: Economic Consequences of Locational Restrictions on Water Trading: Gains from Trade and Third-Party Effects

    • Catherine Mast, CWU Geology M.S. Candidate

Poster Title: Hydrologic and Geomorphic Investigations of Engineered Stream Crossings Under Interstate 90 in Washington State

    • Chandler Sabin, CWU Geology M.S. Candidate

Poster Title: Response of the Naches River to the Removal and Redesign of Nelson Dam

    • Hailey Smith*, WSU Ph.D. Environmental Science Candidate

Poster Title: Reducing Stream Temperatures for Salmon Migration: Modeling Effective Shade in the Yakima River Basin

    • Edward Vlasenko*, CWU Geology M.S. Graduate

Poster Title: Estimating Evapotranspiration at Taneum Creek


* American Water Resources Association, Washington Section, fellowship recipient