H2OSU: January 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014
(Winter Term, week 2)



Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-8:00pm | Noted biologist, OSU scientist to discuss salmon recovery | Valley Library rotunda

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-1:00pm | Winter 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Three-and-a-half decades of progress in monitoring soils and soil hydraulic properties | Owen 101

Friday, January 17, 12:00-1:00pm | CEOAS - GEM Seminar - Martyn Clark,National Center for Atmospheric Research, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
“Pursuing the method of multiple working hypotheses in hydrologic modeling”
| Kelley Engineering Center 1001



  • OSU Water Resources Student Julie Watson Highlighted in Daily Barometer

PhD student Julie Watson was recently featured on the front cover of OSU’s Daily Barometer. The article Water: The Bridge to Peace talks about her work and interest in water as a means to transform conflict. To read the full article, please click here. Congrats Julie!



  • New student video on data collection techniques for stream morphology

Master’s student Jon Sanfilippo recently completed a short, informative video on Agisoft technology. Read more about the motivations behind the project below, and follow this link to watch the video.

In an era of ever evolving technology, we are always looking for new ways to obtain better data for research; Agisoft (http://www.agisoft.ru/products/photoscan) presents a unique opportunity for just that.  The program makes use of digital photographs that can be translated into a 3 dimensional model.  In the study of streams and stream morphology, the current methods used for resolving bed topography and stream bed roughness have included auto levels, total stations, Wolman pebble counts, and potentially green LiDar (very expensive).  Agisoft in the right situation, low turbidity and shallow water, can resolve bed formations, topography, and roughness with a water proof camera, a reasonably priced software package, and for larger areas a glass bottom viewer. 

  • Gail Achterman Legacy Committee Update

Gail Achterman, previous director of the Institute for Natural Resources (INR), died from pancreatic cancer two years ago. Since her passing, her family has been keeping her spirit alive by working with a dedicated group of Gail’s friends to sustain her vision for conserving natural areas in the Willamette Valley.

This year, the committee is happy to report that two projects are in the works to educate Oregonians about the importance of natural areas and acquire land along the Willamette for conservation. First, in a partnership with Oregon State University, a book on the natural areas and outings from Salem to Eugene envisioned by Gail, “Wild in the Willamette,” is becoming a reality and is expected to be published between June 2014 and June 2015. Second, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, funds are being raised to purchase a 270-acre island on the Willamette in Polk County across from Salem where Gail grew up. Hayden Island, as it is now called, will ultimately be owned by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and will be conserved as a limited-access natural area in Gail’s name.

If you would like to learn more, or get involved in fundraising, please contact Marcia Mersky at the Trust for Public Land at 971.244.4107 or marcia.mersky@tpl.org.

  • River Restoration Northwest (RRWW) Call for Videos: "Stories of Our Watersheds"

The event will be held in Portland, Oregon and will feature a series of short films (preferably 10 minutes or less with a maximum of 20 minutes) that share our experiences and foster dialogue on multidisciplinary approaches to stream restoration and related watershed and river sciences.  RRNW welcomes a broad range of films and topics.  Films are sought that address topic areas related to stream or watershed restoration, implementation, monitoring, or that acknowledge the many disciplines and perspectives of river or watershed restoration industry and practice.  Films should not be commercial in nature.  For up to date information on the Film Event please visit our website at www.rrnw.org/Films.



Falke JA, Dunham JB, Jordan CE, McNyset KM, Reeves GH (11/2013) Spatial Ecological Processes and Local Factors Predict the Distribution and Abundance of Spawning by Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) across a Complex Riverscape PLoS ONE   OSU authors: Falke and McNyset

McDonnell JJ (12/2013) Are all runoff processes the same? Hydrological Processes   OSU author: all 


Oregon State: General Reserach Fund (GRF) (proposal deadline: 02/03/2014 @ 5:00pm PST)

NSF: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (to offer scholarships to STEM majors intending to be K-12 teachers) (LOI: 02/05/2014) 03/05/2014

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



State of Oregon: Water Quality & Educational Outreach Intern 01/31/2014

State of Oregon: 2014-2015 Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship 02/07/2014 (LOI: 01/10/2014)

2013-2014 National Capital Area Leadership Award 02/10/2014

NSF: Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research 02/13/2014

NSF: Dynamics of Water and Societal Systems: An Interdisciplinary Research Program at the Virginia Tech StREAM Lab (02/15/2014)

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Undergraduate Scholarship 03/31/2014

Foundation: 2014 Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship 4/1/2014



Habitat Restoration Coordinator/Project Manager The Freshwater Trust (Portland, OR) (deadline: 01/20/2014)

Monitoring and Field Data Manager The Freshwater Trust (Portland, OR) (deadline: 01/20/2014)

PhD Graduate Research Assistantships in Soil Physics/Vadose Zone Hydrology/Hydrogeology Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno (Reno, NV) (Deadline: 02/01/2014)

UK/EU PhD Scholarship University of Hull (England) (deadline: 02/03/2014)

Senior Hydraulic, Civil Engineer Shannon & Wilson Inc. (See attachment for details)

(All New!)



Conservation on Willamette Valley Agricultural Lands: A Panel Presentation | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | Corvallis Public Library (Corvallis, OR)

Net Positive Water + Energy Conference | Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | Hyatt Regency (San Francisco, CA)

21st Annual Children's Clean water Festival | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | University of Portland (Portland, OR)

Water Research Symposium | Monday, May 12, 2014 | Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

3rd Annual Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology | Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014 | Portland, OR

The Columbia River Basin: Learning from our Past to Shape our Future | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Spokane, WA

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



HydroVision Russia | Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Moscow, Russia

ASIA 2014 - The Fifth International Conference on Water Resources & Hydropower Development | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Colombo, Sri Lanka |  The ASIA 2014 Conference and Exhibition will bring together experts in all the disciplines associated with planning, financing, implementing, operating and refurbishing dams, hydro plants, and other renewable energy systems. 

Sustainable Water Management Conference | Sunday, March 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Denver, Colorado |  Presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing infrastructure, developing robust supply models and watershed management plans, water reuse, resource management, green infrastructure and more.

2014 Park Break: Saguaro National Park | Monday, March 10, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014 | Tucson, Arizona

2014 Park Break: Keweenaw National Historical Park | Monday, April 7, 2014 - Friday, April 11, 2014 | Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners Short Course | Monday, May 19, 2014 - Friday, May 23, 2014 | University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Note: Todd Jarvis attended this short course. Please contact him if you have questions.)

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