Each year, the State of Washington Water Research Center awards “Seed Grants” for research that explores new ideas to advance scientific understanding of water resources or their management in Washington state. The Center is housed at WSU but collaborates with water researchers, colleges and Universities throughout the state, nation, and world to pursue its mission. The Center administers the Seed Grant program under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act.
Three awards were announced in December 2020 for the coming year. Jonathan Yoder, Center Director and Professor in the WSU School of Economic Sciences was pleased with the quality of the grant proposals saying, “As in most years, we had a strong slate of proposals. These three proposals were very well developed and represent important issues in watershed management and the valuable ecosystem services that river systems provide. This is especially important in the context of climate change, where stream temperature, wildfires, and associated erosion are a growing concern. We look forward to seeing the results of these exciting projects.”
The winning proposals will receive about $30,000 each. The 2021 winning projects are:
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The conference planning committee is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 2021 UCOWR/NIWR (Virtual) Water Resources Conference. Gaps in projected water supply and demand, declining water quality, increased food and energy needs, and a changing climate highlight the numerous water challenges facing society and water resources professionals. UCOWR and NIWR invite you to join leading researchers, educators, water managers, students, and other professionals from across the country and world to join the dialogue as we seek to develop solutions to complex water resources challenges and explore bridges between science and policy. We call your attention to a special focus on Water and Social-Environmental Justice and especially encourage abstracts on this timely and critical topic.
We are seeking assistance to recruit volunteers to participate in usability testing activities. Volunteers will be asked to perform a series of easy tasks, like locating information on the website, and to describe their thought process while performing the tasks. These activities will provide insight on how to improve the dissemination of information on our website moving forward.
The entire activity should take no more than 45 minutes and it’s okay if volunteers have limited familiarity with CUAHSI or the website. We aim to schedule the testing now through February 8th.
Those interested can reach out to me directly with questions or to schedule the testing.
The Water Resources Club at Washington State University is a community of students and advisers committed to engagement with local and regional water issues. We cherish and celebrate clean and bountiful water for humans and wildlife, alike.
We are from many backgrounds: engineering, environmental science, art, cultural and spiritual wisdom, policy, and economics. Join our club to add your voice today.
We at the Water Resources Club are passionate about engaging in education and projects that improve the quality and abundance of water for all living things. We are interested in many facets of water issues: from the science and engineering of watersheds and water systems, to management and policy of water resources, to the regional cultural and spiritual aspects of water. Contact us to suggest a project for our involvement or issues around which we can help spread awareness, or join our club to add your skills and vision.
9am-4:30pm on Friday, February 5th to hear updates about monitoring, research and emerging science from the Puget Sound.
The Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead (SIL), part of the Puget Sound recovery community, is hosting this workshop. Many thanks to our standing advisory team (SIAT) and planning team for their contributions.
The workshop is designed to identify red flag monitoring for action oriented solutions/strategies.
The February 5th Workshop day will focus on science only and will address PCBs, PAHs, PBDEs and CECs, among other toxics. We will be emphasizing emerging science and the discussion will address sources, pathways and impacts.
The February 26th workshop- Part II- will address some of the pressing issues associated with our Toxics in Fish Implementation Strategy while providing broader context regarding prevention, human health and a wide range of contaminants and toxics.
Zoom link will be sent upon registration. The final agenda will be sent before the event.
Do you have views about how water should be managed within your Basin? WSU would like to hear them!
In December 2020 and January 2021, WSU will be fielding a survey about water management to a random sample of owners of irrigated farms in the Okanogan, Methow, Walla Walla, and Yakima river basins.» More …
The State of Washington Water Research Center and WSU are partners with the American University of Cairo, three other US Universities, and five Egyptian universities to develop the Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water (COE-W), funded by the USAID. As part of this effort, the COE will be funding collaborative research grants (up to $250,000) to facilitate science and innovation through joint US and Egyptian led projects. Attached is a call for proposals for this program, and you can check out the FAQ page for this RFP at: https://bit.ly/2Uvo149. If you are interested in the possibility of carrying our water research for and in Egypt, you should check these resources out!
There are a few basic things to know.
(1) Only partner university faculty are eligible for participating, so if you are a WSU faculty member with water expertise, you are in a relatively small, select group eligible for this program.
(2) The deadline for proposals is May 15, about a month from now.
(3) The research must be focused on water and related to Egypt, and must involve Egyptian partner university faculty. All partner universities are listed in the RFP.
The third requirement could be a hurdle or an opportunity for those not currently working on Egyptian water issues or have Egyptian research connections. We are currently working on a process to facilitate networking among partner university faculty. In the meantime, if you are seeking help identifying research collaborators among partner university faculty or would like to know what potential research projects are being proposed by others to which you would like to contribute, please provide your contact information and expertise here:
Enter your contact information ASAP because the deadline is coming up quickly! We will pass on your information to the COE-W, and will be in touch with updates for you as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, email WRC Director Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) invites proposals for its 2020-2021 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), Oregon State University (OSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scholars at BSU, OSU, UM, WSU and WWU (this Fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW). » More …