H2OSU - OCTOBER 15, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012
(Fall Term, Week 4) 



Monday, October 15, 9-10 am, Nash Hall 32, Trask River Watershed Study: What are they doing out there? Sherri Johnson and the Traskies, OSFS, USGS, OSU 

Tuesday, October 16, 12-1 pm, Wilkinson Hall 203, Geomorphology Brownbag - Jack Zunka – History of incised meander research

Tuesday, October 16, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, GEM Research Group Seminar Series - Todd Jarvis  - Swimming the Hydro-Trifecta: Negotiations through the Lens of Water Security, Water Conflict Transformation, and Water Diplomacy; Larry Becker – Changing Land in an African Urban Periphery

Wednesday, October 17, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, The Role of the Federal Government in Water Resource Law and Policy - Adell Amos, University of Oregon, School of Law

Thursday, October 18, 12-1 pm, Gilmore Annex, Hydrophiles Brownbag

Friday, October 19, 3-4 pm, Various Locations, In Situ Sensors for Measuring River Ecosystem Processes - Matthew Cohen, University of Florida - CUAHSI Fall Cyberseminar Series



Tuesday, October 23, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, Water Conflict and Cooperation - Aaron Wolf, CEOAS and GEM Research Seminars Series

Wednesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 25, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, October 24, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Taking on Water: Challenging the Inner Hypocrite - Wendy Pabich, Water Futures Inc.

Thursday, October 25, 7-9 pm, LaSells Stewart Center (Construction/Engineering Hall), Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago and Global Challenges - Fulbright Distinguished Scholar lecture presented by Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, the Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare for the Republic of Indonesia

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.



  • A new whitepaper by IWW and INR about Water and Wine in Oregon. 

First page of publicationWater is Oregon’s most precious resource and the opportunity for vineyards to improve efficient irrigation beckons. The wine industry is answering that call through responsible stewardship of sustainable practices and great advancements in vineyard irrigation. The wine industry’s attention to sustainable practices reaps many ecological benefits including improved water and soil quality. Although there are many ways to approach water conservation, a standardized certification of efficient irrigation practices has yet to be implemented. Each land steward determines its own watering practices and many are based on conventional wisdom rather than empirical evidence. It is time for the wine producing and wine consuming community to collaborate in
addressing the most serious natural resource concern: Water Quantity Supply. It is imperative that all Oregon vineyards collaborate in practicing a standardized way of turning water into wine, efficiently!


  • OSU’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy won the Best Credit Program and the Best Overall Program awards at the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators Conference. 

The Academy goals were to integrate the diverse areas of natural resources into the overarching theme of leadership in natural resource management, and to provide an environment for learning and the exchange of ideas among students, professionals and faculty.  The WRGP participated in the Academy through WRP 521 - Water Conflict Transformation taught by Aaron Wolf and Todd Jarvis.  The intent was to give professionals and graduate students a unique opportunity to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in natural resources fields.  The intensive two-week nature of the NRLA attracted dedicated graduate students and professionals from 10 states – including New York – and two countries, Jordan and South Korea.



  •  Care for exempt wells provides opportunities for the water well industry. (Water Well Journal) 

By W. Todd Jarvis, Ph.D., and Adam Stebbins

Old and abandoned wells are everywhere.

It should come as no surprise that more than 12 million oil and gas wells have been drilled in the United States over the past 150 years. What might surprise some is that close to 16 million water wells serve the water users in the country.

While these numbers look good for the well drilling industry as a whole, the problem rests with the legacy of old wells.

  • Willamette River wins 2012 Thiess International Riverprize (International RiverFoundation) 

International RiverFoundation awarded the Willamette River Initiative of Oregon, USA, the 2012 Thiess International Riverprize for excellence in river management. 

The award was presented at the Riverprize Gala Dinner, in Melbourne Australia, on Tuesday 9 October. The Thiess International Riverprize is worth $300,000 and is the most prestigious environmental prize in the world. 

The Willamette River Initiative is implemented by the Meyer Memorial Trust, an organisation made up of dozens of stakeholders who are jointly involved in the planning, management and regulation of activities that affect the river.



Scott J, Helmbrecht D, Thompson MP, Calkin DE, Marcille K (10/2012)Probabilistic assessment of wildfire hazard and municipal watershed exposureNatural HazardsAbstract OSU author: Marcille

Armstrong RT, Porter ML, Wildenschild D(9/2012) Linking pore-scale interfacial curvature to column-scale capillary pressureAdvances in Water Resources Abstract OSU authors: Armstrong, Wildenschild



NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2012 

NSF: Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) 12/15/2012 

Foundation: McDonnell (James S) Foundation - Collaborative Activity Awards 

Foundation: Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Program 

NSF: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Type 2 and 3 Projects 01/14/2013 

USEPA: Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a Systems View of Nutrient Management 01/15/2013 

NSF: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology 01/17/2013 

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water 01/31/2013 

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



Foundation: Oregon Sea Grant - Contaminants in Oregon Waters and Tsunami Marine Debris 11/05/2012 

NSF: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)11/08/2012 

NSF: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) 11/08/2012 (LOI: 10/05/2012) 

NSF: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG) 11/09/2012 

NSF: NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows 11/26/2012

USEPA: Fall 2013 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study 11/27/2012 



(All New!)

Hydrogeologist/Water Resources Engineer, HDR (Bellevue, WA) (open until filled)

Assistant Professor in Geomorphology, Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) (open until filled) 

Undergraduate Internship in Warm-water Aquatic Ecology, Auburn University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program (Auburn, AL) (open until 1/15/2013)



19th Western Water Law Conference - Most Current & Critical Issues Facing the West |Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Friday, November 16, 2012 Las Vegas, NV 

The Cutting Edge of Temperature Measurement in Earth Sciences Principles, Applications, Operational Factors, and Demonstrations of Distributed Temperature Sensing for Environmental Sensing Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Sunday, December 2, 2012 |Stanford University, Stanford, CA 

Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists Friday, December 7, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada 

Explaining Complex Hydrogeological Issues Friday, December 7, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada |

NGWA Geothermal Forum: Business Success Through Excellent Performance Friday, December 7, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada 

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)



Fracture Trace and Lineament Analysis: Application to Groundwater Characterization and Protection Monday, October 15, 2012 - Thursday, October 18, 2012 State College, Pennsylvania

NGWA Focus Conference on Gulf Coast Groundwater Issues Tuesday, October 16, 2012Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2012 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings: Visions for a Sustainable Planet Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Cincinnati, OH 

Understanding Migration, Assessment, and Remediation of Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids |Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Friday, October 26, 2012 New Orleans, Louisiana 

Environmental Isotopes in Groundwater Resources and Contaminant Hydrogeology |Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Friday, November 9, 2012 Orlando, Florida 

Securing Water Supplies for the Future: Risks, Challenges & Opportunities Friday, November 9, 2012 Fort Worth, TX 


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