Scale new heights as we come both west and up in the spectacular Wasatch Mountains in Snowbird, Utah just outside of Salt Lake City. The challenges facing the water community are constantly increasing in number and growing in complexity. In facing an uncertain future related to water availability in the West, water overabundance and quality in the East and Midwest, and water damage in the Southeast, the need for communicating our research and ideas is ever more important.
UCOWR and NIWR invite you and your colleagues to join leading researchers, educators, water managers, and other professionals from across the country to address some of the most compelling and important challenges facing our profession. This year’s conference is unique because, in addition to being both a scientific conference and an exploration of how universities help to meet societal goals, it will highlight the many unmet challenges in a newly uncertain cultural and regulatory climate.
The workshop will be led by Urbanova and senior scientists from Ramboll’s Environment and Health Division covering hyper-local air quality, indoor air quality and the relationship of cross laminated timber (CLT) building materials and health. Additionally, The Center for Active Design, the New York-based leading non-profit using design to foster healthy and engaged communities will discuss civic guidelines to achieve trust, participation and stewardship; Urbanova partner, Gallup will discuss people-centered analytics to create meaningful change; WSU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research will discuss local health and air quality research initiatives; and Katerra will discuss views on the present and future of intelligent CLT buildings.
The workshop objective is to extend and further strengthen our local and external network of public, academic and private communities with the shared goal of identifying more strategies to ‘harness data, gain insights and solve urban challenges in new ways.’ It all starts with helping Spokane be a more livable, healthy and sustainable community.
Please join us for a lively conversation! We will engage participants in
imagining what is possible as we ‘think big, start small and go fast’ to develop
a living laboratory to design cities of the future in our University District. The
application of health and environment frameworks in future projects and
businesses applies directly to Urbanova’s objective to improve the economic,
social and environmental equity and resilience in communities.
2:00 – 2:30 pm: Doors open – Welcome, mingling, drinks and snacks
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Introduction; brief presentations; and conversation starters
♦ Urbanova; WSU Laboratory for Atmospheric Research; Gallup
♦ Ramboll, Center for Active Design, Katerra
4:00 – 5:15 pm: Facilitated discussion and report out
5:15 – 6:00 pm: Reception
Thursday November 8, 2018
2:00 – 6:00 pm
HERB (former Sirti) Conference Room #432
Health Education and Research Building
665 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
A new 5 million dollar, five-year project led by the WRC and funded by the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area will be working to identify promising emerging technologies and synergistic policies to improve technical and allocative water use efficiency in irrigated agriculture.
The research team, which includes scientists at the University of Idaho, University of Washington, Kansas State University, University of Utah, Mammoth Trading, Aspect Consulting, and a diverse group of water users and stakeholders in the Columbia River Basin.
The project will focus on how seasonal water availability forecasting, satellite-based consumptive use monitoring, and computer-based smart market technology can be used in conjunction with changes in water use and water transfer rules to improve water use. “This exciting project will help find ways to improve water use efficiency in agriculture, by focusing on how technology, water rights and regulation work together to make the most of available water for all of its social and environmental values,” said Jonathan Yoder, Lead Investigator and Director of the WRC.
Application Deadline: October 31st
The program enables graduate students to go beyond “one site, one view” in their research.
Graduate training in water science often focuses on a single field site, analytical, or modeling approach. The Pathfinder Fellowship program provides travel funds to graduate students in hydrology and related sciences to make an extended trip to enhance their research by adding a field site to conduct comparative research, collaborating with a research group, or working with researchers on adding an interdisciplinary dimension to a project. Fellowships are awarded to cover travel costs of up to a maximum of $5,000.
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Questions should be submitted to Jon Pollak at email@example.com.
Application Deadline: September 30th
The program enables scientists to learn the details of hydrologic instrument installation, operation, maintenance, and data processing by visiting experts or scheduling reverse site visit.
CUAHSI offers Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grants (IDTG) of up to $1,000 to help cover travel expenses for scientists at U.S. universities and colleges to visit colleagues with specific instrumentation expertise. The objective of the travel should be to efficiently and economically learn how to install, operate, maintain, and process data from one or more hydrologic instruments. IDTG’s can: (1) enable university scientists to visit other institutions or research sites, or (2) enable a reverse site visit to bring an expert to their own institution.
For complete application instructions, click here.
Questions should be submitted to Jon Pollak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Annual Water Resources Conference
June 11-13, 2019 in Snowbird, Utah
The Conference Planning Committee invites you to propose a Special Session for the conference. A special session organizers’ role is to propose a relevant and timely topic, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the June 2019 Conference. Special sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion or a group of 5 or more oral presentations (full length or 5 minute lightning talks) on a specific topic. Multiple session track proposals are welcome.
Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should click here.
Due date: September 21, 2018. For more information
A huge aquifer in the heart of Idaho’s most important farming region had been overdrafted. We talk to Brian Patton from the Idaho Water Resource Board about how state tax revenues are building recharge facilities to restore the aquifer.
Last winter, the state of Idaho succeeded in recharging 317,000 acre-feet of water into an important aquifer, enough to serve 700,000 homes for a year. It was an important milestone in an ambitious program to restore a groundwater source that had been overtapped for decades.
The water source is the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, a massive and complex groundwater source, which is also linked to springs that contribute to flows in the Snake River. A legal settlement among various water rights holders in 2015 compelled the state to begin replenishing the aquifer, which serves a variety of important constituents, including farms, cities and fish hatcheries.
With a large network of recharge facilities constructed already and more in the works, Idaho could be a model for other states struggling with groundwater depletion.