H2OSU: April 1, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013
(Spring Term, Week 1)



Wednesday, April 3, 1:00 - 5:00 PM  | "Scholars’ Insights" First annual University-wide event, a graduate student competition to communicate impact  | LaSells Stewart Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM | Spring 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Land, Water, & Atmosphere: The Next 50 Years - Julia Jones, Oregon State University - Climate and streamflow trends in the Columbia River basin: evidence for ecological and engineering resilience to climate change | ALS 4000

Thursday, April 4, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Hydro Happy Hour  | Bombs Away Cafe ( 2527 NW Monroe Ave across from OSU campus)


  • Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District’s 4th Annual Water Film Series

Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation will hold its fourth annual Water Film Series in the community room at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way in South Beach Newport, OR. The films will show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The series kicks off Tuesday, April 2, with “Source to Sea - The Columbia River Swim.” The 90-minute film is “a broad, sobering look at the history and destiny of what the indigenous people call Che Wana, the Columbia River.” The film also tells the story of why Christopher Swain subjected himself to a 13-month swim down its 1,243-mile length. Using the swim as a thread, the present condition of the great river of the west is revealed.

  • Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 Review April-May 2013 Open Houses

 The Open Houses will give you an opportunity to: 1.) Learn how federal agencies manage water in the Basin 2.) Learn about the Columbia River Treaty, its history and its value 3.) Discuss the potential future of the Treaty and the efforts underway to understand what change could mean to the region. The Oregon Open Houses will be on April 16 from 3-6 p.m. at the DoubleTree-Lloyd at 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland and on April 29 from 4-7 p.m. at 2 Marine Drive in Boardman, Oregon.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration will orient you to dam and reservoir operations and introduce this important Treaty between the United States and Canada. You can catch up and participate in the collaborative Treaty Review process to evaluate its future. If you’ve followed Treaty Review over the past two years, come learn about the results of the latest round of analysis, called Iteration 2.

Open Houses are drop-in style with a few scheduled presentations. All participants are encouraged to share their opinions on the future of the Columbia River Treaty and provide input on the work advancing under Iteration 3. You also may have the opportunity to meet your regional representatives to the Treaty Review process.

  • New Course Offered for Spring: AREC 556. ECONOMICS OF WATER CONSERVATION (1).

Students will examine a wide range of water related topics from an economic perspective. Topics will include water resource management, the economics of water quality, urban water use, the role and potential for water markets in developed and developing countries, groundwater resource management, conflicts over water, government’s role in the provision of water infrastructure, water scarcity. Emphasis will be placed on how water is different from other goods or resources, and the implications of those differences on the institutions that need to be used to allocate and manage water resources.

Offered in spring term. PREREQS: AREC 311 and AREC 313, or equivalent.

  • CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 3rd Annual OSU Student Water Research Symposium put on by the Hydrophiles and the Water Resources Graduate Program - May 13th

This graduate-student research symposium will highlight work related to water-resources science, engineering, and policy. We hope for broad attendance and participation from students, faculty, and staff from all across campus. There will be a poster session as well as an opportunity to present your research. For those of you who are just beginning, we are also looking for people to present their research proposals. Prizes will be awarded to the top presenter and poster.

To register to attend and/or to participate in the poster session or give a presentation, please go to http://groups.oregonstate.edu/hydro/2013-osu-water-research-symposium.

April 5th is the Abstract submission deadline. Registration deadline is May 1.

Everyone interested in water resources should attend, whether you want to present your work or come to listen to fellow students. Everyone attending and/or participating should register. This is an interdisciplinary event and we are looking for participants to represent every water-related academic field. (And, yes, there will be FREE FOOD!) We hope to see you there!

  • A WRC Paired Watershed Conference: Key Findings on the Environmental Impact of Contemporary Forest Practices

Join us on Thursday, April 18, 8:00AM to 5:00PM in Corvallis, Oregon at the LaSells Stewart Center. Register today!

The purpose of this conference is to report on the results and progress of the research being carried out in the WRC paired watershed studies. The presentations will cover key findings of the research that has been completed, some final results, preliminary results, current status, and the future direction of the paired watershed studies. Papers presented at this conference will become a special issue of the journal Forest Science.



  • Study explores long-term water quality trends in near-pristine streams (PhysOrg, March 20, 2013)

For the first time, a study has compared water quality trends in forested streams across the country that are largely undisturbed by land use or land cover changes.  The study, which draws on decades' worth of data from reference streams in six U.S. states and Puerto Rico, underscores the value of long-term data in understanding the patterns and causes of water quality changes in streams and rivers. It is published in the current issue of the journal Environmental Research Letters.

“Much of what we know about changes in stream water quality comes from studies where basins have been impacted by human activity,” said Alba Argerich, a postdoctoral research associate with Oregon State University and the study’s lead author. “Our work intentionally focused on relatively undisturbed streams, the very reference sites that serve as benchmarks for evaluating water quality trends.”

In the study, Argerich and colleagues analyzed concentrations of stream nitrogen, which, despite regulations, have been on the rise across the country as energy and food production release reactive forms of the compound into waterways. Once there, reactive nitrogen—nitrate and ammonium—can alter stream function and cause substantial changes in stream communities. The study focused on sites that are part of the USDA Forest Service's Experimental Forest and Range network, a system of 80 locations across the country that provide settings for long-term science and management studies. Many of the sites have long-term monitoring programs and data sets spanning decades and so provide unique opportunities to evaluate long-term trends.



Galipeau BA, Ingman M, Tilt B (3/2013)   Dam-Induced Displacement and Agricultural Livelihoods in China’s Mekong Basin Human Ecology Abstract OSU authors: Ingman and Tilt

Roselli L, Cañedo-Argüelles M, Costa Goela P, Cristina S, Rieradevall M, D'Adamo R, Newton A (1/2013) Do physiography and hydrology determine the physico-chemical properties and trophic status of coastal lagoons? A comparative approach Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science   OSU author: Cañedo-Argüelles

 Evans W, Hales B, Strutton PG (1/2013) pCO2 distributions and air–water CO2 fluxes in the Columbia River estuary Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science   OSU authors: Wiley and Hales

Salzmann N, Huggel C, Rohrer M, Silverio W, Mark BG, Burns P, Portocarrero C (2013) Glacier changes and climate trends derived from multiple sources in the data scarce Cordillera Vilcanota region, southern Peruvian Andes The Cryosphere   OSU author: Burns

Surfleet CG, Tullos D (2/2013) Variability in effect of climate change on rain-on-snow peak flow events in a temperate climate Journal of Hydrology   OSU author: Tullos


USFWS: 2013 Sprague River Adaptive Aquatic Restoration Guide (Klamath Tribes) 04/29/2013

NSF: Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering 2013 (BRIGE) 04/29/2013

USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program 05/22/2013

USDA:, USDOT: Sun Grant Western Regional Center 2013 Competitive Grants Program (LOI: 04/19/2013) 05/24/2013

NSF: Research Coordination Networks (RCN) 06/14/2013

USEPA: Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program 06/25/2013

NSF:, USDA: Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) 09/10/2013

NSF: Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) 09/17/2013

(Visit the IWW funding database for more funding links...)



NSF: The National Science Foundation Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge 04/15/2013

Foundation: NSF: Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Ideas Challenge 04/30/2013

State of Oregon: Graduate Student Travel Award 05/01/2013   

NSF: NSF Hydrologic Sciences Program 06/03/2013

NSF: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 06/05/2013

NSF: NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) 07/18/2013

MSc Water Security and International Development at the University of East Anglia 07/31/2013


Riparian Monitoring Coordinator, The Freshwater Trust (Portland, OR) (Application Deadline: 04/17/2013)

Hydrologic Monitoring Technician, The Freshwater Trust (Portland, OR) (Application Deadline: 04/17/2013)

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Birmingham, UK School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Birmingham, United Kingdom) (Deadline: May 5, 2013)

Senior Scientist Position in Hydrological and Water Quality Modeling, Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Zurich, Switzerland) (Deadline: May 17, 2013)

Associate to Principal-Level Project Manager (Senior Scientist or Engineer), Sound Watershed Consulting (Alameda, CA) (Open until filled)

Postdoctoral position in Geo-Ecological Modeling, Biological Sciences and Geography Departments at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) (Open until filled)

Postdoctoral Researcher (Developing and validating streamflow estimates), USDA Forest Service Research & Development (Boise, ID) (Open until filled)

(All New!)



4th Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip | Friday, April 26, 2013 - Saturday, April 27, 2013 | Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, OR

 UCOWR/NIWR 2013 Annual Conference: Sustaining Water Resources and Ecological Functions in Changing Environments | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Thursday, June 13, 2013 | Lake Tahoe, California | Registration is now open!  To register, please visit http://ucowr.org/conferences/registration  

 AGU Chapman Conference on Water Management | Sunday, July 28, 2013 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | Portland, OR | The abstract submission deadline is March 27, 2013. The conference organizers are seeking travel support for participation, including students and early-career professionals. To apply for travel grant support, you must submit your application by March 27, 2013. 

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



The Sustainable Water Management Conference | Sunday, April 7, 2013 - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee

U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) 7th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Friday, April 19, 2013 | Phoenix, AZ

2013 National Ground Water Association Summit | Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Thursday, May 2, 2013 | San Antonio, TX

Short Course: Fundamental and Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology and Hydrological Simulation | Monday, May 13, 2013 - Friday, May 17, 2013 | The University of Caligari in Cagliari, Italy | Application Deadline is April 12, 2013

12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management (AquaConSoil 2012) | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Friday, April 19, 2013 | Barcelona, Spain

2012 Biohydrology Conference - Bio Meets Hydrology: Water for Life | Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Friday, May 24, 2013 | Landau/Pfalz, Germany

5th International Conference on Porous Media & Annual Meeting | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Friday, May 24, 2013 | Prague, Czech Republic

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners Short Course | Monday, June 10, 2013 - Friday, June 14, 2013 | International Development UEA, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK | Todd Jarvis participated in this short course during Summer 2012, so if you have any questions, contact him at todd.jarvis@oregonstate.edu

SIAM Geosciences Conference | Monday, June 17, 2013 - Thursday, June 20, 2013 | University of Padova’s main building, Palazzo Bò, Via VIII Febbraio 8, Padova, Italy

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