H2OSU: April 22, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013
(Spring Term, Week 4)



Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM | Spring Seminar Series: Corvallis Change Modeling Community C3MC Gordon Grant, USFS "Watering the Forest for the Trees: An Emerging Priority for Water Management on Forest Land" | ALS 4000

Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 - 5:00 PM | Spring 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Land, Water, & Atmosphere: The Next 50 Years - David Goodrich, USDA—ARS Reducing the Uncertainty of Key Water Balance Components at the Basin Scale to aid Watershed Management | ALS 4000

Thursday, April 25, 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Hydrophiles Brownbag: Mousa Diabat presenting on "What NOT to Do in Presentations" | Gilmore Annex

 Friday, April 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Willamette Water 2100 Project Webinar: Modeling ecohydrologic processes in mountain watersheds—implications for the Willamette Watershed Naomi Tague and Elizabeth Garcia, UC-Santa Barbara and online at: http://live.oregonstate.edu  | Kidder Hall 202


  •  Should OSU be the next campus to jump on the bottle ban bandwagon?

More than 90 colleges and universities in the U.S. have banned or restricted the sale of bottled water on their campuses. Weigh in on the conversation, hosted by OPAL (the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory) and opened by Dr. Todd Jarvis, on the merits of a plastic bottle ban and the opportunities to use recycled bottles in green design, humanitarian engineering, and athletic equipment.

In 2005, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) estimated a recycling rate of approximately 33% for plastic bottled water bottles, or that over 125 million bottles made it into our landfills every year. At Oregon’s population of about 3.9 million people, that is about 32 bottles per Oregonian. After making some changes to the Oregon Bottle Bill, the reported redemption rate of PET bottles increased to just over 50%, or reducing the plastic bottle footprint to about 24 bottles per Oregonian. Note that this is for bottled water only.

To join in the discussion use the following link: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/seek/

SEEk (Social, Ecological, Economic knowledge) is an online forum that provides a space to collaboratively design integrated solutions to public policy challenges.

  • The Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance Open Houses Timeline   

The Universities Consortium (University of British Columbia, Oregon State University, Washington State University, University of Montana, and the University of Idaho) has announced it’s timeline for the formal review process & public engagement opportunities for transboundary dialogue on Columbia River governance and the Columbia River Treaty in Canada and the United States. Open houses within the United States will take place in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Open Houses are drop-in style with a few scheduled presentations.  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.  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 have the opportunity to meet your regional representatives to the Treaty Review process.

  •  2013 Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium Invitation

We are pleased to invite the water community to the 2013 Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium: “Canopies to Construction-- the Ecology, Management and Use of Tomorrow’s Forests”,

Monday, April 22nd, 8:40 AM – 5:00 PM Richardson Hall 107, 115 (oral sessions) and RH 313 (poster presentations) and

Tuesday, April 23rd, 8:40 AM – 5:00 PM Richardson Hall 107 (oral sessions) and RH 313 (poster presentations).

 The two day symposium will showcase the excellent and diverse ideas being researched by graduate students across the College of Forestry. In addition to presentations from students in FERM, FES and WSE, we will also be hosting four outstanding keynote speakers:

             John C. Gordon (Tuesday, 23rd: 1:00pm)

             J. Renée Brooks (Monday, 22nd: 1:00pm)

             Michael P. Nelson (Monday, 22nd: 9:00am)

             Patricia S. Muir (Tuesday, 22nd: 9:00am)

The cost of attendance is FREE and a complimentary lunch will be served concurrently with the poster presentation sessions. More info can be found at: http://gradsymp.forestry.oregonstate.edu. Questions and comments can be directed to: WFGRS2013@oregonstate.edu.



Argerich A, Johnson SL, Sebestyen SD, Rhoades CC, Greathouse E, Knoepp JD, Adams MB, Likens GE, Campbell JL, McDowell WH et al. (03/2013) Trends in stream nitrogen concentrations for forested reference catchments across the USA Environmental Research Letters Abstract OSU author: Argerich

Leon AS, Gifford-Miears C, Choi Y (04/2013) Well-Balanced Scheme for Modeling Open-Channel and Surcharged Flows in Steep-Slope Closed Conduit Systems Journal of Hydraulic Engineering   OSU authors: all

Adame MF, Kauffman BJ, Medina I, Gamboa JN, Torres O, Caamal JP, Reza M, Herrera-Silveira JA (2/2013) Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean PLoS ONE   OSU author: Kauffman



  • Floating, Solar-Activated Water Treatment Technology Awarded Commercialization Grant: Industry-university project could offer cost effective means of decentralized treatment (Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (BEST))

Oregon BEST has awarded a commercialization grant to an industry-university team developing a floating, solar-activated stormwater treatment device that could be deployed in retaining ponds or ditches along roadways and parking lots to keep contaminants from reaching streams. The technology could also be used to pre-treat stormwater, helping reduce overflow situations at municipal treatment facilities during severe weather events.

Beaverton, Ore. startup Puralytics is building on the success of its SolarBag portable drinking water purification system, which uses a nanotechnology-coated mesh activated by sunlight to purify 3-liter quantities of water in approximately three hours. The SolarBag is currently used in developing countries and sold for emergency preparedness and backcountry hiking.

The Oregon BEST funding will enable Puryalytics to work with faculty and students affiliated with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) to evaluate the overall concept of the new system, establish key design parameters and generate third-party test data. The OSU research team, led by Todd Jarvis, Oregon BEST researcher and the interim director of the IWW, will construct artificial ponds or tanks that can be closely controlled and monitored, where prototypes of the water treatment devices will be tested.

Working with Jarvis at OSU are Christine Kelly, an Oregon BEST researcher and associate professor of chemical engineering, who will work primarily with metal contaminants, and Jennifer Field, an OSU professor of environmental and molecular toxicology who will work on the organic chemicals side.

  •  Jimmy Kagan and the (INR) Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) wins the 2013 NatureServe Network Award for Network Collaboration (NatureServe.org)

Baltimore, Maryland (April 16, 2013)—The Institute for Natural Resources’ (INR) Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) received the 2013 Network Collaboration Award at the NatureServe network’s annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore.

The honor recognizes ORBIC’s leadership in engaging network members in efforts to develop innovative conservation data and information. ORBIC is one of three members of the NatureServe network whose achievements earned the recognition from their peers this year.

The award cites four examples of diverse collaborations that ORBIC initiated or provided leadership to:

  • ·         The U.S. Geological Survey to develop a national database of conservation lands
  • ·         The National Academy of Sciences ’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) project to link conservation planning with transportation planning
  • ·         A second network-based effort to manage the database information team for iMapInvasives

ORBIC’s persistence, cooperation, and coordination over several years enlisted more than 20 network members as state data stewards for the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US). Network engagements on PAD-US with partners like USGS, the Conservation Biology Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the GreenInfo Network also contributed to establishing NatureServe’s subsequent role in coordinating funding and participation for developing the National Conservation Easement Database.



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

USFWS: North American Wetlands Conservation Fund 07/26/2013

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

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

NSF: Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) 09/17/2013 

 NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 10/31/2013

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



State of Oregon: Graduate Internationalization Grants (GIG) 05/01/2013

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

PNCWA 2013 Environmental Stewardship Scholarships 05/15/2013

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

USFWS: North American Wetlands Conservation Fund 07/26/2013

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

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Science, Technology, and Society 08/01/2013


Environmental and Remediation Summer Intern, URS Corporation (Portland, OR) (Open until filled)

Assistant Professor in Hydrology/Water Science, Environmental Science Department of the University of Canberra) (Canberra, Australia) (Open until filled)

Student Research Positions (3) (Remote Sensing), Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (Corvallis, OR) (Open until filled, if interested contact Erik Haunreiter at Erik.Haunreiter@oregonstate.edu)

Industrial Water/Wastewater Senior Engineer, CH2M HILL (Houston, TX) (Open until filled)

Head of Modeling Team, Mekong River Commission (Phnom Pehn, Cambodia) (Open until filled)

(All New!)



9th Washington Hydrogeology Symposium | Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington

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

2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference | Monday, November 4, 2013 - Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Portland, OR at the Red Lion Hotel |  To be considered for placement in the program, please go to the link given above to connect to the abstract submittal form. ABSTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED VIA THE WEB SITE ON OR BEFORE May 10, 2013. Membership in AWRA is encouraged but is not a requirement for presentation.

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.  

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



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

 13th National Watershed Conference and Forum: The Future of Watershed Based Natural Resource Conservation | Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Tunica, MS

University of New Mexico's Environmental Information Management Institute | Monday, June 3, 2013 - Friday, June 21, 2013 | Albuquerque, NM

Water Diplomacy Workshop | Monday, June 24, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013 | Boston, MA

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

IWA Conference on Asset Management for Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Water and Wastewater Systems | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Friday, April 26, 2013 | Marbella, 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

1st World Irrigation Forum and 64th meeting of the IEC (WatSav Awards) | Sunday, September 29, 2013 - Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Mardin, Turkey |  The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), New Delhi, India is inviting nominations for the ‘WatSave Awards 2013’ from individuals/ team of individuals to recognize outstanding contributions to water saving/conservation in agriculture through ICID National Committees/ Committee.