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Walking Rivers Event – May 11, 2024

Meet at the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail on May 11th at 10:00 am.

Let’s celebrate the rivers of the Palouse! The Rivers, Watersheds, and Communities Club at WSU, in collaboration with the Water Research Center, is hosting our first Walking Rivers event. A day #WalkingRivers is a global event to recognize and celebrate local rivers and is organized by the Centro Ibérico de Restauración Fluvial, Spain. Join us in our walk along Paradise Creek to learn more about Palouse rivers, water quality, and restoration.

All ages are welcome and the Palouse Trail is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. The goal is to walk 10,000 steps (about 4 miles). You can join for as much or as little of the trip as you’d like.

Optional: Wear blue to identify with the global Walking Rivers community!

Parking: Limited parking is available in the Mint Condition/Quality Inn lot next to the trailhead, and Quality Inn has agreed to allow overflow parking if the designated trailhead parking spaces are full. More parking is available on Latah Street.

Registration: Please register for the event here.

For questions about the event, please contact Hailey at

Follow @wsu.rwc on Instagram for event updates.

For more information about the global event, visit

USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants RFPs

Washington State water research community,

USGS in cooperation with the National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) has released their annual request for water research proposals under its National Competitive Grants Program.  These programs include a call for general water research proposals, under the WRRA 104g program, a program specifically for research on Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and a program on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS, though this third program focuses on the Mississippi basin). You can read more here:

Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for these grants with research that focuses on priorities of regional and national importance. If you are working through an institution in Washington State, you must submit your proposal for these programs through the State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC,

For more information about the funding opportunities see or contact your state institute.

The WRC Director Jonathan Yoder met with Washington State federal legislators this February, and nearly all legislative offices he visited independently brought up PFAS concerns, so there is a great deal of interest in this water problem in the State of Washington.  I strongly encourage researchers interested in developing proposals for PFAS-related projects to contact me early.  This program is relatively new and has received relatively few proposals in previous years, so the chances of success are higher than for the WRRA 104g grants.

Please contact us at  if you have questions or interest in submitting a proposal.