H2OSU: November 4, 2013


Monday, November 4, 2013
(Fall Term, Week 6)



Tuesday, November 5, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | CEOAS - GEM Seminar - CEOAS - GEM Seminar - Larry Becker “When Land Enters the Market: A New Geography in Bamako's Hinterland” | Wilkinson Hall 108   

Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Fall 2013 Water Resource Seminar - Steve Fleischli, Natural Resources Defense Council Advocating for Safe & Sufficient Water in the US | Owen Hall 102

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Hydro Happy Hour | Bombs Away Cafe

Friday, November 8, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | CUAHSI's Fall Cyberseminar - Dr. Mark Fonstad, University of Oregon Department of Geology "Cellular Modeling and Monitoring of Riverscapes"  | Online



Monday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Stream Team Monday Morning Meeting: Doug Bateman, USGS Forest management and headwater fish: What do policy makers need to hear when they see the New Alsea and Hinkle Creek data? | Nash Hall 32



  •  Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area Meeting Information

Hello Water Community,

Many of you have requested the information that was presented at the SWV GWMA Meeting on October 24th and SWV GMA Coordinator Audrey Eldridge has provided all of the interested ‘public’ a link to the meeting information.  The information includes the Benton County Focus Groups, Pesticide Testing, the Lysimeter Project, Coburg’s status and of course, the groundwater and surface water results (just what are we seeing? Are there any signs of improvement?)

Here is the link: http://gwma.oregonstate.edu/meetings

  •  Temperature TMDL Compliance Project update report will be presented at Corvallis Urban Services Committee Meeting

 Public Works staff will provide a temperature TMDL compliance project update report to the Urban Services Committee at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 5:00 pm at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.

 The report can be viewed on the City website attached to the Urban Services Committee meeting agenda.



  • IWW Faculty member Dr. John Selker receives John Hem Award for excellence in science and engineering from National Ground Water Association!  (Westerville, OH – October 25, 2013)

John Selker, Ph.D., of Oregon State University and Scott Tyler, Ph.D., of the University of Reno in Reno, Nevada, received the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering from the National Ground Water Association.

This award honoring significant scientific or engineering contributions to the understanding of groundwater will be presented at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this December.

Selker and Tyler were recognized for their roles in the development of fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS) technology for hydrologic systems.

  • IWW Faculty Member Todd Jarvis Hosts Falls City Community Watershed Forums (Falls City, OR Website)

Falls City, Oregon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falls_City,_Oregon) was once considered a potential location for the state capitol because of the robust logging industry and mills operated by some of the first companies composing the legendary Oregon timber companies - Willamette Industries. The other reason it was an attractive location focused on the fact that the town was "lit-up" by hydroelectricity generated by the namesake water falls. But timber harvest, urbanization, and changes in land use have led to stormwater management and groundwater flooding issues.  IWW Director Todd Jarvis, in concert with the Water Resources Graduate Program and the Natural Resources Leadership Academy, have been working with the community since January 2013 to convene public meetings, listening sessions, and community mapping of potential solutions.

Read more about the project here:  http://www.fallscityoregon.gov/#!-watershed-forums/clhk

  • Terra Magazine article on Biochar features IWW faculty members Todd Jarvis, Christine Kelly and graduate student Perry Morrow

Biochars are chunks or shards of solidified carbon full of tiny air pockets. Besides locking up carbon that would otherwise contribute to greenhouse gasses, they can serve as containers to hold beneficial things added to soils (like water and microbes) or remove harmful things from storm water and industrial sites (like heavy metals and other toxins).  As a bonus, energy generated during the conversion can be captured and used onsite.  In the Northwest, where tons of biomass rots in forests or burns in slash piles, the conversion of waste into clean energy and marketable products is an environmental and economic win-win.

Biochar has many questions surrounding its uses, and one of the main questions being asked is how can it be used to manage stormwater runoff.  While scientists know that biochar captures pollutants along with storm water, they don’t yet know how well that water flows through those biochars.  Last year, IWW Director Todd Jarvis and chemical engineering professor Christine Kelly worked with student Perry Morrow to design hydraulic experiments based on Darcy’s Law, an equation for describing the flow of a fluid through a porous medium.  They are essentially looking at the physical hydraulics− the flow rates –of biochar in aquatic systems. 

Terra Magazine Biochar article link: http://oregonstate.edu/terra/2013/10/an-elegant-matrix/



Rupp DE, Abatzoglou JT, Hegewisch KC, Mote PW (10/2013) Evaluation of CMIP5 20th century climate simulations for the Pacific Northwest USA Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres Abstract OSU authors: Rupp and Mote 

Rupp DE, Mote PW, Massey N, Otto FEL, Allen MR (09/2013) "Human influence on the probability of low precipitation in the central USA in 2012." In: Explaining extreme events of 2012 from a climate perspective Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Abstract OSU authors: Rupp and Mote

 Stewart RD, Rupp DE, Najm MAR, Selker JS (10/2013) Modeling effect of initial soil moisture on sorptivity and infiltration Water Resources Research Abstract OSU authors: Stewart, Rupp, and Selker  

Troch PA, Berne A, Bogaart P, Harman C, Hilberts AGJ, Lyon SW, Paniconi C, Pauwels VRN, Rupp DE, Selker JS et al. (09/2013) The importance of hydraulic groundwater theory in catchment hydrology: The legacy of Wilfried Brutsaert and Jean-Yves Parlange Water Resources Research Abstract OSU authors: Rupp and Selker

Steenhuis TS, Baver CE, Stoof CR, Hasanpour B, DiCarlo DA, Selker JS (10/2013) Pore scale consideration in unstable gravity driven finger flow Water Resources Research Abstract OSU author: Selker


NSF: Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (LOI: 11/18/2013) 01/07/2014

OSU Faculty Release Time (FRT) 11/18/2013

Foundation: Keck Foundation, Call for Concept Papers 11/18/2013

Foundation: Database of Permitting Practices for Seawater Concentrate Disposal 11/19/2013

NSF: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) 11/19/2013

  NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2013

NSF: Arctic Research Opportunities 12/06/2013

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



Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) 11/15/2013     

NSF: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) (stipends for international research) 11/25/2013

NSF: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) 11/26/2013

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

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


Executive Director, California Urban Water Conservation Council (Sacramento, CA) (Open until filled, Application review starts: November 8, 2013)

Open Rank Professor (TT) in Hydrology and Environmental Water Resources, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) (Deadline: November 15, 2013)

Winter Field Intern (PT), West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (Portland, OR) (Deadline: November 22, 2013)

Faculty Position (Environmental Engineering), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Washington State University (Pullman, WA) (Deadline: December 1, 2013)

Faculty Position (Water Resources), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Washington State University (Pullman, WA) (Deadline: December 1, 2013)

Post-Doctoral Position in Colloid and/or Reactive Transport Modeling, RESTORE Research Group at University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) (Inquiries and applications should be directed to Dr. Clare Robinson (crobinson@eng.uwo.ca))  

(All New!)



International Water Forum | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | Mercy Corps, 28 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR

2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, Monday, November 4, 2013 - Thursday, November 7, 2013, Portland, OR at the Red Lion Hotel.

"The Future of the Concrete Channel" 1-Day Conference | Thursday, November 21, 2013 | David Brower Center, University of California-Berkeley Campus

2013 AGU Fall Meeting | Monday, December 9, 2013 - Friday, December 13, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

(View the complete calendar of external events online.)



International Water Week 2013 Conference | Monday, November 4, 2013 - Friday, November 8, 2013 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate | Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Friday, November 29, 2013 | Kathmandu, Nepal

NGWA 2013 Groundwater Expo | Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - Friday, December 6, 2013 | Nashville, TN

International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment | Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - Friday, January 10, 2014 | Quito, Ecuador  

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.