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American Water Resources Association: Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship



to students enrolled in a program related to water resources.

The Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship honors Richard A. Herbert —
a champion for water resources education — who passed away in 1994.
The generosity of AWRA members and their commitment to his vision, have allowed the scholarship fund to grow exponentially.

Submittal Information
Application packets for 2018-2019 should be submitted to Applications must be submitted electronically as one document and limited to 5mb in size to ensure delivery. Applications are due April 23, 2018. Please call 540-687-8390 or email with any questions concerning the submittal process.

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Field Experiences in Microwave Remote Sensing for Agricultural Hydrology

April 24-27, 2018 || Gainesville, FL
Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 28th
Regular Registration Deadline: March 15th

CUAHSI is pleased to partner with the University of Florida to offer a 4-day hands-on workshop on field experiences in microwave remote sensing for agricultural hydrology.

Course Description
This training workshop will provide hands-on experiences with field methods and sensors used in microwave remote sensing for retrieval of soil and vegetation parameters in agricultural land covers. The workshop will be conducted at a field-site of an ongoing season-long experiment to understand microwave signatures of growing vegetation. The field sensors include a suite of ground-based active and passive microwave sensors at L- and C-band; and sensors to observe various components of the water and energy balance.

Specific topics to be covered during the workshop include:
• Passive and active microwave remote sensing in hydrology – science and sensors
• Operation and calibration of passive and active microwave sensors
• Ancillary observations of water and energy balance
• Soil and vegetation sampling protocols and data analysis
• Soil and vegetation parameter retrieval
• Open discussion on class participant interests

Graduate students, post-docs, and professionals working in hydrology and/or remote sensing are invited to attend.
The course will be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Included in the registration fee are course tuition, facilities costs, catered lunches and light refreshments.

Visit the event website for more information and to register.

There are available a very limited number of student travel grants are available on a first come, first served basis to help defray the cost of travel to the course. Contact Elizabeth Tran at for more information.

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FFAR Fellows Program Research Opportunities for Universities

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and a consortium of leading food and agriculture companies and universities are pleased to announce that FFAR Fellows program is now accepting research proposals from both academic and industry researchers. This program combines cutting edge food or agriculture-related research with innovative professional development programs designed to help students be career-ready upon graduation.
Do you want the best PhD students in the U.S. and Canada working on your food and agriculture project? Submit your research proposal to the FFAR Fellows Program: If you are already working with an exceptional student, they can apply to be a FFAR Fellow on the same project.

The Overcoming Water Scarcity Challenge Area aims to increase the efficiency of water use in agriculture, reduce agricultural water pollution, and develop water reuse technologies. This Challenge Area will target innovative research that includes, but is not limited to, developing water conservation and reuse technology throughout the production chain, improving crop and livestock varietals/breeds, creating improved agronomic practices, increasing the social and economic tractability of water-conserving technologies/practices, and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.
For more details and to apply

Water Rights Specialist – NRS3

CLOSING DATE: 02/12/18 11:59 PM
Full time position, located at Ellensburg, WA.

Interested in Water Resources and supporting the generation of revenue for Schools? Join DNR’s Agriculture team to sustainably manage water supplies on State Trust Lands for the benefit of the schools. This position is responsible for water supply data management, water use measurement and reporting for irrigated agriculture, and water-related analyses and recommendations for DNR leases that rely on State water supplies. Work includes providing programmatic guidance to Land Managers, providing guidance on day-to-day water rights and irrigation district allotment related issues, working to streamline business practices associated with our water rights portfolio, developing a water use measurement and reporting program and ensuring DNR water rights are not relinquished. This position may be filled at the NRS 2 In-Training level and upon successful completion of a formal training program the incumbent would be promoted to the NRS 3 level.
For more information and to apply:


Call for UCOWR delegates

WSU Water Faculty,

Are you interested in Being a WSU Delegate for the Universities Council on Water Resources?

WSU is an institutional member of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), which is a great organization that focuses on connecting academic water researchers, educators, and others for sharing expertise, building leadership, and developing partnerships for addressing water resource issues of today. If you are not familiar with the organization, check it out at

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Washington Section American Water Resources Association 2017 – 18 Fellowship Announcement

The Washington State Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is seeking nominations for its 2017 – 18 Fellowship Award. For the 2017 – 18 academic year two fellowships will be given. One award will be to a member of a Washington Section affiliated Student Chapter. The other award will go to a student enrolled in a graduate program at a college or university in Washington State. Both fellowships are for a full-time graduate student completing an advanced degree in an interdisciplinary water resources subject. In addition to $2000 in cash, the award includes a one-year membership in both the State and National AWRA, a one-year subscription to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, and admission to the Washington State Section Annual Conference.
For more information and to apply: AWRA_FELLOWSHIP App 17-18 v1

Water today – water for the next hundred years

Cedar Ridge Pipe photo

Below are links to the new 100 Years of Water Law web page and story map.

Explore our Esri story map, including

• early photos of pre-water code municipal and irrigation water systems
• data maps of Washington endangered and threatened salmon runsolumbia River.
You’ll also find videos that track the history of our water code, a water rights primer for homeowners, and an overview of where our municipal water supplies come from.

Read the blog
Go to Ecology’s 100 Year of Water Law page

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018; Call for Papers


Why submit your abstract to the IWA WWC&E 2018?
• Create new, inspiring solutions to the world’s urban and basin water challenges;
• Validate and disseminate your work by presenting it during a world class Congress;
• Learn and grow professionally through privileged access to the best content, cross-sector knowledge and diverse experiences;
• Expand your network and meet new professional partners by engaging with leading water experts.

24 JULY 2017
Online submission opens for outline papers (for platform and poster presentations).

1 OCTOBER 2017
Final deadline for submission of outline papers (for platform and poster presentations).

1 APRIL 2018
Presenters notified of acceptance/rejection.

1 JULY 2018
Deadline for accepted presenters to supply full papers, register and payment to attend the congress.

Further details are available on the congress website
If you have any question please contact us through

2016 Long-term water supply and demand forecast for washington state

In 2016, the State of Washington’s Office of the Columbia River submitted a long-term water supply and demand forecast to the Washington State Legislature. The forecast, due every five years, provides a system-wide assessment of how future economic and environmental conditions will impact water supply and demand by the 2030s. The forecast evaluates three geographic scopes: Eastern Washington’s watersheds, Washington’s Columbia River mainstem, and the entire Columbia River Basin.

The research, coordinated and managed through the State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC), is an analysis of the impacts of climate change, regional and global economic conditions, and state level water management actions on irrigation demands and surface water supplies across the Columbia River Basin, through the use of economic scenarios and state-of-the-art modeling techniques. The research team, led by Jennifer Adam and Jonathan Yoder of the WRC, includes nearly 30 researchers from Washington State University, the University of Utah, Aspect Consulting, and the Washington State Department of Ecology and Department Fish and Wildlife.

“The bulk of our work occurs during the five years between reports,” said Sonia Hall, one of the authors of the legislative report, and Sustainable Systems Analyst for Washington State University.

“All efforts have branched off each other, which led to our use of the modeling tools starting in 2011. We were able to do a much better job by using those tools and we find them to be a representation of science best understanding which have led to significant improvements between forecasts.”

Three modeling tools are developed and integrated together to provide the most accurate results. The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model allows us to track the water balance across the geography of the Columbia River Basin, including how much evaporates and infiltrates into the soil for crops to use; this shows us how crops react to different weather conditions. The Cropping Systems Simulation (CropSyst) tool determines how much water is needed by crops through irrigation, how the crop will change during the season under a variety of weather conditions. The Columbia River Simulator (ColSim) simulates the movement of water in the reservoirs and provides detailed information of where water is stored for use by irrigators, municipalities, hydropower generation, and for ecological purposes. The tools work together and complement each other. For instance, VIC informs CropSyst about water supply along with daily weather and Cropsyst informs VIC of water stress levels and crop water needs.

Through the use of these integrated modeling tools the research team submitted their latest long-term water supply and demand forecast in December of 2016. They found in the results of their latest forecast that the average annual supply of water for all uses across the Columbia River Basin down to Bonneville Dam is expected to increase around 12 percent by 2035. Their research also concluded that water will be available earlier in the spring than it has been in the past, and the demand for eastern Washington’s irrigated acres will decrease almost 5 percent. If current trends in the proportion of irrigated acres growing different crops continue, we can expect to see more acres growing crops like wine grapes, that demand relatively little water per acre, and less acres growing others like pasture, that demand more water per acre. If this happens, demand for water would decrease close to 7 percent.

“The demand forecast is important because it helps in knowing how drought conditions will impact the various users, enabling managers to better know how to mitigate the effects of drought,” said Hall.

Note: The information in this article was provided by the Agriculture Climate Network, State of Washington Department of Ecology, the University of Washington, The 2016 Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast Legislative Report, and the State of Washington Water Research Center.

Link to publication in NIWR