Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is requesting proposals for one- to two-year projects from investigators at academic, research and education institutions throughout the state of Washington (2019 Request for Proposals). » More …
April 16 & 17, 2019 at The Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane WA.
As with past conferences, over 250 people are expected to attend. Our tradition of offering a unique and innovative bi-state opportunity to share information, network with others and reach out to the public continues.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Resiliency.” “To secure our economic and quality of life future,” said Forum board member Guy Gregory, “our communities are building resiliency with new infrastructure, policies and education. At the same time, our collaborative energies are being challenged in some areas and soaring in others.”
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.
This certificate is a 15-credit undergraduate program open to students from all colleges and disciplines who are interested in freshwater resources.
Through this program, students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical, social, and cultural drivers that shape how water is managed within the larger environmental and human landscape. Those completing this certificate will emerge with the breadth of knowledge required to think critically about water issues.
Students earning this certificate will be able to:
• Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the interdisciplinary and often co-evolving science and policy advances for addressing freshwater issues.
• Utilize fundamentals of the physical sciences to broadly understand the hydrologic cycle and how human management of water influences this cycle.
• Display knowledge of the social, legal, and institutional environment surrounding water resources and management.
• Broaden their professional and social networks to enhance their disciplinary understanding of water and water management.
Need more info? Email Julie Padowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website: https://wrc.wsu.edu/news/wrsm-certificate-program/
An article in Agisamerica.org highlights a few examples of how Washington State University is working to address Washington State’s water challenges.
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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.
To read full article by Matt Weiser at News Deeply
Citizen scientists keep a watchful eye on the world’s streams, catching intermittent streams in action and filling data gaps to construct a more complete hydrologic picture.
Do you drive, bike, or hike by streams on your way to a field site, the office, or home? Are you interested in how streams change through the seasons and years? If so, consider joining a growing crowd of people logging streamflow data using their mobile phones.
Two new projects—CrowdWater and Stream Tracker—focus on crowdsourced hydrologic measurements, and both have recently launched free smartphone applications to facilitate data collection along stream networks.