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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

Implications of Shifting Timing in Water Availability in Eastern Washington

Image of the Columbia River near Wanapum Dam

Read more about changing water supplies and demands across eastern Washington in this article based on research led by the Washington Water Research Center in partnership with WSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River.


Photo: Jennifer Stephens/OCR (2017)

Water Resources Science & Management Certificate

Are you interested in water resources?  Have you considered pursuing the Water Resources Science & Management Certificate?

Learn more about the programs by clicking on the links below. The certificates are open to students from all colleges and disciplines who are interested in freshwater resources.

The program has graduated 41 students since 2019!

World Water Week  

World Water Week

Seeds of change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World

Organized by: Stockholm International Water Institute

August 20-24, 2023

Hybrid event: Online and in Stockholm, Sweeden

World Water Week 2023 is focused on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges. The theme Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World invites us to rethink how we manage water. Which ideas, innovations, and governance systems will we need in a more unstable and water scarce world? This year, much of the content will build on discussions at the UN 2023 Water Conference and commitments to the Water Action Agenda.

Learn more and register at the World Water Week website.

Water Research Center 2023 Seed Grant Recipients






The State of Washington Water Research Center is pleased to announce the 2023 Seed Grant recipients!  The following projects will be funded under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act:

  • Evaluation of Drawdown Dynamics and Implications for Groundwater Detectability with Remote Sensing
  • Evaluation of Remote Sensing Based Monitoring of Lake Water Quality in Washington State
  • Exploring Drainage Water Management as a Tool for Improving Water Quality in Washington

Details about the 2023 projects can be found here.

AWRA 2024 Conferences

American Water Resource Association (AWRA) 2024 Conferences

AWRA 2024 Geospatial Water Technology Conference (GWTC)
Data to Decisions: Managing and Modeling Water Challenges
MARCH 25-27, 2024 | ORLANDO, FL


The GWTC conference is designed to highlight existing and new geospatial and technological tools to solve water resources-related problems. Submit an abstract by September 6, 2023.  See conference website for details.

AWRA 2024 Spring Conference
Water Risk and Resilience: Research and Sustainable Solutions


The conference seeks to bring together a diverse multi-disciplinary group of water professionals – to disseminate, share, and learn about research-based cutting-edge solutions to evaluate and address future water risks and improve how society can adapt to these risks. Submit an abstract between August 22 – October 6, 2023.  See conference website for details.

AWRA Washington Section Annual State Conference 2023

AWRA-WA presents:

The Four Corners of Washington – Water Resource Changes and Adaptations

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA


The conference will highlight water challenges throughout the four corners of Washington State and the innovative ways that individuals are dealing with those issues. The conference will feature speakers from each of the four corners of Washington with varying perspectives, including agriculture, government, and tribal nations. Speakers will cover topics including municipal water law, adjudication, fish reintroduction, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, and climate change. The conference will start with an address from the keynote speaker, Derek Sandison, who is the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Following Derek Sandison’s address there will be four separate panels, one dedicated to each corner of Washington. The last session will focus on more overarching, or non-region-specific changes and adaptations.

Conference details are available at the American Water Resources Association Washington Section website.