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USGS Grant Opportunities: 104g General, AIS, and PFAS

Water Researchers,

The following grant opportunities are available with proposal submission through the WRC.  Please contact WRC Director Jonathan Yoder (yoder@wsu.edu) if you are considering proposal submission.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 (104g) General:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338699
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.  Priorities this year include research on (a) legacy nutrients, (b) integrated water processes, and (c) water conflict.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS):
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338681
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.

WRRA National Competitive Grant Program FY2022 for Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338700
Applications due May 10.  Max award $250K.

Register for the Washington Water Data Roundtable Discussion! 3/28

Forwarding from: Boise State University

As many of you know we have been working on a project to compile metadata about streamflow data across the Pacific Northwest. We would like to bring together data providers and managers together from each state to continue our conversations about the future of streamflow data in the region.

It would be great to have at least one representative from each major data provider, please register here and pass on to colleagues that would contribute to the conversation!

Roundtable Discussion Goals:
1) Identify uses and requirements for streamflow data,
2) identify challenges and opportunities,
3) Obtain feedback on Streamflow Data Catalog Visualization
4) Strengthen relationships in the streamflow measurement community.

Time: 9am – 3pm
March 28th: Tacoma, Washington
April 1st: Boise, Idaho

May: Oregon, tbd
July: Region-wide online meeting

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Skagit Basin Water Supply and Demand Synthesis: A Story Map

A screenshot of the Skagit S&D website to illustrate what it looks like

The State of Washington Water Research Center recently led an effort to collect and synthesize available data and information about water supply and demand in the Skagit Basin (WRIAs 3 and 4). This synthesis was developed in response to a request by the Washington State Legislature Joint Task Force on Water Supply. The research team was comprised of researchers from Washington State University, the University of WashingtonHDR Engineering, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The final product is this Story Map Series website, a synthesis of published science and technical knowledge of the Skagit hydrologic system. Virtually all maps and graphics on the website are interactive to provide multiple perspectives on data.  Check it out!

Toward Convergent Solutions to Water Security: Interdisciplinary Workshop, Bozeman MT May 2022

The Montana Water Center (another of the National Institutes for Water Resources along with the WRC) is excited to co-sponsor Water in the West: Toward Convergent Solutions to Water Security, an interdisciplinary regional workshop to be held in Bozeman, Montana in May 2022. The workshop with bring together individuals working across a wide variety of water-focused disciplines to consider the challenges of fostering convergent research (collaborative transdisciplinary research for social benefit) to protect our regional water resources. 

The workshop format will include interactive facilitated sessions, lightning talks by participants, keynote speakers and public events. Keynote speakers will include John Doyle (Crow Tribal member with 35 years of experience working on water and health issues for Crow Reservation) and Dr. Faith Kearns (California Water Institute, UC Berkeley). 

Travel support will be provided for participants and applications will be accepted through January 24th, 2022.  

See the full call for proposals attached, and apply at: http://www.montana.edu/stes/regional-workshop.html 

Water Resources Club

The Water Resources Club at Washington State University is a community of students and advisers committed to engagement with local and regional water issues.  We cherish and celebrate clean and bountiful water for humans and wildlife, alike.

We are from many backgrounds: engineering, environmental science, art, cultural and spiritual wisdom, policy, and economics. Join our club to add your voice today.

We at the Water Resources Club are passionate about engaging in education and projects that improve the quality and abundance of water for all living things. We are interested in many facets of water issues: from the science and engineering of watersheds and water systems, to management and policy of water resources, to the regional cultural and spiritual aspects of water. Contact us to suggest a project for our involvement or issues around which we can help spread awareness, or join our club to add your skills and vision.

 

For more information, please check out our webpage.

WRC Leads a 5-year Research Effort for Improving Water Use Efficiency

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.

Jonathan YoderThe 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.

For more, visit the WRC’s webpage for this project, and the WSU press release.