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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference

June 11-13, 2019 in Snowbird, Utah

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.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for oral, poster, panel, lightning, and participatory presentations should be submitted electronically by January 25, 2019.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.

 If accepted and presented, the abstracts will be published as part of the Conference Proceedings.

Download the 2019 Call for Abstracts Flyer 

 

CALL FOR ARTICLES: The Journal for Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE) is soliciting papers for 2019 journal issues.

Submission Deadlines:
2019 April issue: November 19, 2018
2019 August issue: January 21, 2018

To be considered, submissions should be emailed to Jackie Crim at crimjac@siu.edu.

Articles submitted after the deadlines will be considered for publication in upcoming issues.

All articles are peer-reviewed. Please review the author instructions and review process for more information. Take a look at past issues via Wiley Online Library.

Pathfinder Fellowship

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.
For complete application instructions, click here .
Questions should be submitted to Jon Pollak at jpollak@cuahsi.org.

Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grant (IDTG)

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 jpollak@cuahsi.org.

Water Resources Science & Management Undergraduate Certificate

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 (julie.padowski@wsu.edu) or visit our website: https://wrc.wsu.edu/news/wrsm-certificate-program/

In Idaho, a Model for Long-Term Groundwater Recharge Tastes Success

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

Testing the Waters: Mobile Apps for Crowdsourced Streamflow Data

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.

For full article by Stephanie Kampf at eos.org

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Open Date: June 13, 2018 – July 31, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of its 2018-2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation to develop innovative technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.

EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: clean and safe water, air quality, land revitalization, homeland security, manufacturing, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals. See the full solicitation posted on FedConnect to learn more about these topic areas, view specific subtopics for each area, and access instructions on how to apply.

EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs, and promote U.S. technical innovation from conception to commercialization. EPA’s SBIR funding boosts local economies by supporting small businesses and creating jobs. This funding also supports technologies aimed at creating cleaner manufacturing materials and better infrastructure in communities. Successful Phase I companies are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, which awards up to $300,000 for two years with a commercialization option of up to $100,000, to further develop and commercialize their technologies

All applications must be submitted through FedConnect. For more information on eligibility, application process and the SBIR program, visit the EPA SBIR website at www.epa.gov/sbir.

Missed the June 11, 2018, informational webinar on how to apply for the 2018-2019 EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation? View the presentation slides on EPA’s SBIR Website.

The EPA SBIR Program is part of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy (SHC) research program.

Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/sbir/sbir-funding-opportunities.

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 http://ucowr.org/.

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