H2OSU: May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013
(Spring Term, Week 7)



Monday, May 13 (Today), 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM | 3rd Annual Water Research Symposium at Oregon State University | CH2M HILL Alumni Center | Free

Tuesday, May 14, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM | Spring Seminar Series: Corvallis Change Modeling Community C3MC: Brad St. Clair - "Adaptation of Forest Trees to Climate Change" | ALS 4000

Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 - 5:00 PM | Spring 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Land, Water, & Atmosphere: The Next 50 Years: Bayani Cardenas (University of Texas at Austin) - Coupled processes along the surface watergroundwater interface: advances from modeling and measurements | ALS 4000

4:00 - 5:00 PM | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: John Schmidt, USGS, Grand Canyon: A Watershed Perspective on Restoring the Colorado River. Subject to federal budget sequestration constraints | Nash Hall 206 

Friday, May 17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM  |  Willamette Water 2100 Webinar: Willamette River Basin Hydrodynamic and Temperature Modeling Scott Wells, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University | Kidder Hall 202  



  • New AWRA Report: Case Studies in Integrated Water Resources Management: From Local Stewardship to National Vision

The AWRA Policy Committee recently published a new report entitled “Case Studies in Integrated Water Resources Management: From Local Stewardship to National Vision” to advance and develop a better understanding of IWRM continue in this current publication and to explore how IWRM is guiding water management in the United States.  Collectively, the case studies highlight both the integration of physical systems and human systems with an emphasis on holistic management of the resource and the need for participation from the public and all water use sectors.  They also show the benefits of multiple agencies working together in order to ensure that there is a sustainable supply of water for humans and ecosystems now and into the future.

AWRA’s Policy Committee is comprised of water professionals and others with an interest in how public policy shapes our collective management of water resources. It is a diverse committee that includes scientists, educators, policy makers and other experts at all stages of their careers.  AWRA Immediate Past President and OSU IWW faculty member Dr. Michael E. Campana is credited with assisting with the editing and reviewing of this report.

  • Mary's River Clean-up

What: Help clean-up the Mary's River! Hydrophiles have officially adopted a section of the Mary's River through Oregon Adopt-A-River. This is a great way to give back and help clean up the river while enjoying a nice float in the beautiful springtime weather.

When: Sunday May 26th, 2pm-6pm

Where: Meet at the boat launch at the mouth of the Mary's River

Who: Approximately 20 volunteers are needed.


  • Working Together with Tribes on Natural Resources

What: Two guest speakers from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will tell stories and offer perspectives on collaboration between tribes and non-tribal entities. The purpose of this event is to open discussion and awareness of the diversity of values involved in natural resource decision making.

When: Wednesday May 29th, 5pm-7:30pm

Where: Native American Longhouse building, OSU campus

Who: Guest speakers include Larry Campbell, Swinomish Elder and Tribal Liaison and Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish Environmental Health Analyst

  • Annual Spring BBQ and Officer Elections

What: The BBQ is a great way to socialize and network with friends while enjoying freshly grilled food and homebrew! Officer elections are held at the BBQ so make sure to come out and vote (please note that only dues paying members can vote in the election).

When: Thursday June 6th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Thompson Shelter at Avery Park

Who: Anyone who has an interest in water and loves great food and great company!

Check out candidate statements here: http://groups.oregonstate.edu/hydro/2013-2014-officer-candidates



  •  Solar Nano Lily Pads May Help Solve Water Pollution (KGW News Channel 8 Portland)

Beaverton, Ore. based start-up Puralytics, Inc. has created a floating “lily pad” that uses solar-activated nanotechnology to break down water contaminants. The device could treat stormwater pollution before it reaches nearby waterways, if deployed in retention ponds or ditches alongside roadways and parking lots. Stormwater pollution is a chronic environmental problem in cities, but the device could treat these pollutants so they don’t impact aquatic life.

The lily pad, which was developed by Puralytics, is lined with titanium dioxide. The titanium dioxide, when activated by sunlight, triggers a chemical reaction that breaks the contaminants into benign elements. According to Mark Owen, the CEO of Puralytics, "We don't need any chemicals. We don't need any power. We can do it just with sunlight and nanotechnology." The company plans to work with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to test the system, and they have received a grant to help turn the lily pad into a marketable product.

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. The technology could also be used to pre-treat stormwater, helping reduce overflow situations at municipal treatment facilities during severe weather events.  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.



Babbar-Sebens M, Barr RC, Tedesco LP, Anderson M (3/2013) Spatial identification and optimization of upland wetlands in agricultural watersheds Ecological Engineering   OSU authors: Babbar-Sebens

 Haggard KG, Geiger SN, Hayes PM, Milligan AJ (03/2013) Suppression of cyanobacterial growth of <i>Aphanizomenon flos-aquae</i> by vascular plant decomposition products in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon Lake and Reservoir Management   OSU authors: Haggard, Hayes, and Milligan


NGO: Fiscal Year 2013 Water Resources Competitive Grants Program 08/15/2013

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...)



NIH:, NSF:, State of Oregon: The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest 05/17/2013

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


Water Management Program Director, Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership (Walla Walla, WA) (Deadline: May 17, 2013)

Hydrogeologist (Groundwater), GNS Science (Taupo, New Zealand) (Deadline: June 2, 2013)

Senior Analyst (Freshwater) - Natural Systems Analysis, Ministry for the Environment (Wellington, NZ) (Deadline: May 19, 2013)

Council Coordinator, North Santiam Watershed Council (Stayton, Oregon) (Deadline: May 17, 2013)

Environmental Scientist & Specialist-Supervisor, State Personnel Office of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM) (Deadline: May 14, 2013)

Water Economist / Water Policy Analyst (f/m), Ecologic Institute EU (Berlin, Germany) (Deadline: May 15, 2013)

The Senior Science Policy Manager, Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) (Washington, D.C.) (Deadline: May 15, 2013)

Project Manager (Restoration), Luckiamute Watershed Council (Independence, OR) (Deadline: May 31, 2013)

Associate/Assistant Professor (TT) in Hydrology, Boreal Ecosystems Research Institute (BERI) at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Corner Brook, NL) (Deadline: May 23, 2013)

(All New!)



Geothermal Heating and Cooling Innovations: Design, Financing and Regulation Workshop | Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | Portland, OR |  Location:  Red Lion Hotel 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232 Time: 8:00am to 4:45pm

AWRA Webinar Series on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): Webinar 4: Collaborative Modeling in IWRM | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Oregon State University |  The Webinar 4 moderator will be Michael Campana of OSU

Oregon BEST Fest: The Northwest's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Portland, OR |  Individual | Pre-Conference Workshops (Wednesday, September 11): · Integrated Water Systems Agenda Development Forum (half-day) · SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop – SBIR/STTR Phase I Introduction (half-day) Poster Submission Deadline is May 28th, 2013.

AGU Chapman Conference on Water Management | Sunday, July 28, 2013 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | Portland, OR | The conference organizers are seeking travel support for participation, including students and early-career professionals.  

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



 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

AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Environmental Flows | Monday, June 24, 2013 - Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Hartford, CT

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

20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE 2012) | Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Toulouse, France

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.