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WA AWRA graduate fellowships

Due date for this academic year’s WA AWRA graduate fellowships in February 14, 2020. As you know each year the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association awards 2 – $2500 fellowships to graduate students at Washington institutions of higher education. One of these fellowships is reserved for a member of a recognized student chapter. Currently there are chapters at the University of Washington and Central Washington University. The other is available to any student in a graduate program in the state that is in a course of study related to water resources.
For more information and to apply

Dave Christensen Seminar: Sept 16 2:30pm PACCAR 202

“How a citizen activist stopped state government for an entire year: Water resource management and rural development”

Monday, Sept 16, 2019 | 2:30 pm | PACCAR 202

David Christensen
Program Development Manager, Water Resources Program
WA Dept. of Ecology

David Christensen six years’ experience as the Program Development Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program. He works with the legislature and elected officials, and leads a team that develops state policies and rules on water resource management in Washington. David has more than 20 years’ professional experience in water resource, public health and environmental management. David holds a B.S. degree from the University of Washington in Fisheries Biology and an M.S. in Limnology and Oceanography from the University of Wisconsin.

zoom meeting id: 108 986 800


Ecosystem response to the removal of the Elwha River dams

Ecosystem response to the removal of the Elwha River dams
Dr. George Pess, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center


Wed., Sept 18, 2019| 3:10 pm | PACCAR Clean Tech Bldg. , Room 202

Worldwide stream and watershed restoration efforts cost billions annually. Normally, these projects are typically local-scale activities that do not have a measurable effect on ecosystem function or services. We present results from the Elwha River, where the largest dam removal ever undertaken resulted in measureable ecosystem changes. The release and transport of tens of millions of metric tonnes of sediment from former reservoirs has resulted in the transformation and rebuilding of estuarine and riverine habitats. The resumption of free passage for aquatic organisms has re-established anadromous fishes to areas that have been void of such species for 100 years and altered the migration patterns and improved the fecundity of a song bird. Our results demonstrate the critical importance of maintaining longitudinal connectivity for watershed processes and ecosystem services.

George Pess has worked in the field of fisheries and geomorphology since 1989. His primary research interest during that time has been the examination of natural and land-use effects on salmon habitat and salmon production. George has an A.B. in Economics and Environmental Science (Bowdoin College 1987), an M.S. in Forest Science (Yale University 1992), and a Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (University of Washington, 2009). George is currently the program manager for the Watershed Program at NOAAs Northwest Fisheries Science Center and is Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

CEREO and WRC CO-Sponsor Seminar

UCOWR/NIWR 2020 Water. Place. People. Call for Special Sessions

The conference planning committee is pleased to invite special session proposals for the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Water Resources Conference. These sessions are a vital part of the program, highlighting recent advances and transdisciplinary solutions to address complex water problems.
Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should complete the online form at
Important Dates:
Proposal for special session due: Sep. 16, 2019
Special session acceptance: Oct. 2019
General call for abstracts: Oct. 2019
Abstracts due: Jan. 24, 2020
Abstract acceptance: Late Feb. 2020
General questions about the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Conference can be directed to Karl Williard (, UCOWR.

Open Position with WRC an CEREO

Do you know Zotero? Cite publications? Have you worked in an office setting?
We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help enter research publications, bibliographic data, file office paperwork, assist with website upkeep, assist with travel reimbursements, etc. If this is you, please let us know. Apply today.

We look forward to meeting with you.
The Water Research Center and The Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach

$13.50 per hour

Applications close on August 4th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Apply online at Handshake, for more information please contact Jacqueline McCabe at 509-335-5531


CUAHSI Water Data Services Workshop

Where: 2019 UCOWR Annual Water Resources Conference
When: Tuesday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
What: Bring a laptop and any data you are interested in archiving
Register by April 26 for the Early-Bird registration price

Workshop Reservation

Come learn about CUAHSI’s Water Data Services. These services are free, open-access, and available to everyone.  Learn how these services can help you and your team:

  • Develop data management plans, which are now required by most funders.
  • Discover and find a broad array of water data-time series, samples, spatial coverages, and more.
  • Use CUAHSI apps and tools for expediting and documenting workflows.
  • Share your data within a group and publish your data with a DOI.

Please email in advance at if you would like us to use your data as an example or have specific questions you want addressed.

WSI conference graduate student scholarship

WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference 2019 in Las Vegas, October 2-3, 2019

To facilitate student attendance, WSI is funding 20 graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student scholarships to participate in their conference.  The scholarship will pay for the students a) full conference registration, b) registration for one pre-conference workshop or post-conference technical tour, c) three nights lodging at the conference hotel, d) up to $500 reimbursement for round trip airfare including luggage fees or up to $250 reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle for travel, and e) $100 prepaid Visa card to assist with meals and miscellaneous expenses.  Students will be responsible for their own local transit, parking, and meals. Recipients will be reimbursed for travel by check at the conference.

If you are interested, send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Jon Yoder ( by the end of day May 1. We will select among the submissions.

Please let us know if you have any questions,



Short Course: Integrated Simulation of Watershed Systems Using ParFlow

Dates: May 29 – 31, 2019
Location: Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15
Regular Registration Deadline: March 31

This class trains students in aspects of integrated hydrologic modeling using ParFlow. The course is problem based, focusing all modules and exercises on simulation of a single well-studied, research watershed. Students will gain familiarity in the processes simulated with this platform, gain understanding the disparate input and output datasets and gain understanding and familiarity of Linux commands, high performance computing, visualization and hydrologic analysis. The course is designed modularly and builds in complexity with a host of in-class exercises where the students explore this system under the guidance of the instructors.

For more information, including how to register,
 click here.

Master Class: Food, Energy, Water Systems in a Global Economy

Dates: May 13 – 16, 2019
Location: Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 15
Regular Registration Deadline: March 31

This CUAHSI Master Class is intended for graduate students in Hydrology and Water Resources science and engineering programs requiring focused training on modern research methods in water footprinting and environmental impact accounting in a regional and global network-economy context. An overview of major modern methods is provided to help the student identify the most appropriate tools for their current research problems. In the past three years the conversation about global water sustainability has merged and evolved into the “Food Energy and Water Systems” theme area, of which water sustainability is a leading component.  This class is an evolution of the previously offered class “Water Sustainability in a Global Economy.”

For more information, including how to register, click here.

Water Resources Science and Management Certificate – Spring Meeting 2019

Wed., Mar 6, 2019 |6-7 pm | CUE 416

The WRC will be hosting its Spring 2019 meeting about the WRSM undergraduate certificate. Students from all majors should attend!

At this meeting:

  • Learn about what the certificate offers, what you need to do to complete it, and have any of your questions about the process answered.
  • Meet other students who are completing this certificate and get some snacks.
  • Hear from the Engineers Without Borders club, who will share what they’ve been doing to provide clean, sustainable water to communities in Panama.

The WSU chapter is currently working with a community in rural Panama to ensure a year-round water supply with a) construction of a solar powered pump for river water and b) exploration of groundwater supply options. EWB needs people working on both the social and technical side of their projects, so all majors are encouraged to join!


Need more info?  Email Julie Padowski ( or visit our website: