H2OSU - October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012
(Fall Term, Week 3) 



Tuesday, October 9, 4-5 pm, Burt Hall 193, GEM Research Group Seminar Series - Hannah Gosnell - Payment for Ecosystem Services: Pathway to Rural Sustainability?; Jenna Tilt- A Tale of Two Cities:  Land Use Planning in Portland, Oregon and Beijing, China.

Tuesday, October 9, 4-5 pm, Kidder Hall 202, Research-University-based Centers of STEM Education: Fad, Fictions, Failures and Fulfillment (or, why would anyone want to get involved with this?!)

Wednesday, October 10, 4-5 pm, Agricultural & Life Sciences 4000, Beyond the Foundation: Achieving Robust Durability in Watershed Collaboratives - Ed Weber, OSU, School of Public Policy.

Thursday, October 11, 4-5 pm, Bomb's Away Cafe on Monroe, Hydro Happy Hour!

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13, Hydrophiles Deschutes River Field Trip/Float Round Butte Dam Visit and Camping Trip.

Saturday, October 13, 9-2 pm, Echo Glen Farm, Rural Living Field Day.



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

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.



  • Congratulations to Allison Danner!

Allison Danner won the top student poster award with $100 prize at the 3rd Annual NW Climate Science Conference in Boise, ID last week.  The poster was about her Cougar Dam work


  • Survey of interest in a possible new advanced Water Conflict Management & Negotiations course offering.

WRGP is considering offering a second, more advanced course in Water Conflict Management & Negotiations, designed to give students further opportunity to practice the mediation, facilitation, and negotiations skills taught in WRP 521 (Water Governance and Conflict Management). If this is something you would like to see WRGP offer, please take a moment to fill out this survey.



  •  Keeping an eye on the water (Corvallis Gazette-Times) 

Jim Harry hardly needs to visit one area of the Albany-Millersburg Water Treatment Plant. That’s where ZAPS Technologies LiquID Station water monitoring system is set up.

“We don’t have to have anyone there to monitor it. It it’s a stand-alone unit,” said Harry. “It does everything on its own.”

Developed by Gary Klinkhammer, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, the equipment has been under development for 10 years. The company formed a little over three years ago and has a joint patent on the equipment with the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Hydrophiles celebrates new water year, previous accolades (The Daily Barometer) 

Last year the IWW hosted a celebration for the new water year and their 50th anniversary. The event brought together many people in the water science community.

“We thought it would be good to continue the tradition and the IWW agreed to help organize it,” said Kim Ogren, president of OSU Hydophiles.

While the organization has other events which are education based, this one is primarily a social and networking event designed to kick off the school year and the water year. It will be a place to talk to the water community, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduates.


  • Water Wars - Battles, compromises, and resolutions abound in a state flush with water. (Oregon Humanities) 

“Water management is conflict management,” says Aaron Wolf, professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He’s studied water issues throughout Oregon and around the world. “We’re not talking about tungsten here—water is unique as a resource,” in that it engages the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life, Wolf says.

In the Pacific Northwest, there is plenty of water—just not in the right places or at the right times, and not always put to the best and highest use. Rivers and streams have been over-committed to legacy rights-holders. Antiquated and wasteful practices, such as open and leaky irrigation canals and ditches, are still prevalent. Attempts to capture and reuse water have become ensnared in cumbersome policies.

Meanwhile, climate change projections for Oregon forecast warmer, drier seasons. Winter snows are shifting to winter rains, reducing the snowpack that provides critical storage and groundwater recharge for spring and summer. Declines in overall precipitation, coupled with increased demand as a result of population and economic growth, make water issues even more prominent.
These challenges embroil agriculture, fish and wildlife, municipalities, cultural traditions, and economic opportunities. Across the state, individuals and organizations continue to wade through these issues in search of solutions.



Chen X-zhi, Chen S-sen, Zhong R-fei, Su Y-xian, Liao J-shan, Li D, Han L-sheng, Li Y, Li X(8/2012) A semi-empirical inversion model for assessing surface soil moisture using AMSR-E brightness temperatures Journal of Hydrology Abstract OSU authors: Xiu-zhi Chen, Shui-sen Chen

Stewart RD, Hut R, Rupp DE, Gupta H, Selker JS (2012) A resonating rainfall and evaporation recorderWater Resources Research Abstract OSU authors: Stewart, Rupp, Selker

Werner C, Schnyder H, Cuntz M, Keitel C, Zeeman MJ, Dawson TE, Badeck F-W, Brugnoli E, Ghashghaie J, Grams TEE et al.(2012) Progress and challenges in using stable isotopes to trace plant carbon and water relations across scalesBiogeosciences AbstractOSU author: Zeeman

González-Pinzón R, Haggerty R, Myrold DD(2012) Measuring aerobic respiration in stream ecosystems using the resazurin-resorufin systemJournal of Geophysical Research Abstract OSU authors: all

Jackson TR, Haggerty R, Apte SV, Coleman A, Drost KJ (2012)Defining and measuring the mean residence time of lateral surface transient storage zones in small streamsWater Resources Research Abstract OSU authors: all



State of Oregon: OSU General Research Fund (GRF) 10/15/2012 

NSF: Arctic Research Opportunities Arctic Natural Sciences; Arctic Social Sciences; Arctic System Science; Arctic Observing Network; and Cyberinfrastructure 10/18/2012 

NSF: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals 10/19/2012 

NSF: Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) 10/24/2012 

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 10/31/2012 

State of Oregon: LL Stewart Faculty Development Fund 10/31/2012 

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 10/31/2012 

NSF: Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR) 10/31/2012 

Foundation: Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2012 11/12/2012 

NSF: Integrated Earth Systems (IES) 11/14/2012 

NSF: Applied Mathematics 11/15/2012 

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



NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Geography and Spatial Sciences 10/11/2012 

NSF: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - Sociology10/15/2012 

Sigma Xi Student Research Grants 10/15/2012 

Foundation: AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science 10/15/2012

Foundation: CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship 10/15/2012 

NSF: SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) 10/29/2012 

Foundation: CUAHSI - Let’s Talk about Water Challenge Grant 10/31/2012 

NASA: The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Research Internship Program 11/01/2012 

State of Oregon: Graduate Student Travel Award 11/01/2012 

PhD scholarships at Aarhus University Department of Agroecology 11/01/2012 

Foundation: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) Program 11/05/2012 

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



(All New!)

Freshwater Initiative Program Manager (Job ID 5345), National Geographic (various locations) (open until filled)

Consortium Coordinator, Freshwater Action Network Global (FAN Global) (London, England) (closes 10/10/2012)

Senior Programme Officer, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (Nairobi) (closes 10/26/2012) 

Water Sector Specialist (Job ID 100201), European Investment Bank (Luxembourg) (open until filled) 

Project Assistant to the Non-Conventional Water Resources Programmes (NCWR), Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) (Athens, Greece) (closes 10/15/2012) 

Executive Director, Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (Salem or Portland, OR) (closes 10/26/2012) 

Water Resources Director, Public Works Department - City of Olympia (Olympia, WA) (open until filled) 

Engineer, Trinity River Authority (Arlington, VA) (open until filled)

The Rivers Lab is looking to hire students for one part-time position over Fall term, and several students full time for several weeks of winter break.  Please send a resume, availability, and an indication of which position you are applying for to Cara Walter: walterc@engr.orst.edu by October 12, 2012 at 5 pm.

Manager, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (Corvallis, OR) (closes 11/1/2012) 

Outreach Director, Columbia Slough Watershed Council (Portland, OR) (closes 10/11/2012)

Water Resources Engineer, Ecotone, Inc. (Jarrettsville, MD) (open until filled)



Webinar - Water for Energy- Connections, Collisions, and Opportunities Thursday, October 18, 2012 Various locations 

Ecological & Environmental Mitigation Banking: The Creation, Purchase & Sale of Mitigation Banks Friday, October 19, 2012 Seattle, WA 

Society of American Foresters National Convention Wednesday, October 24, 2012 -Sunday, October 28, 2012 Spokane, Washington

6th Graduate Climate Conference Friday, October 26, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012University of Washington's Pack Forest Conference Center 

10th Annual Comprehensive Review of Hydropower in the Northwest Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Seattle, WA 

21st Annual Oregon Water Law Conference Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Friday, November 9, 2012 Portland, OR

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Cal/Val Workshop #3 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Friday, November 16, 2012 Oxnard, CA 

Hydropower in Montana Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Friday, November 16, 2012 |Missoula, MT 

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

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)



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

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

AWRA's 48th Annual Water Resources Conference Monday, November 12, 2012 -Thursday, November 15, 2012 Jacksonville, Florida

American Water Summit 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Thursday, November 15, 2012 Intercontinental Hotel, Chicago's O'Hare Airport 

2012 AGU Fall Meeting Monday, December 3, 2012 - Friday, December 7, 2012 San Francisco, CA 

NGWA 2012 Groundwater Expo's Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - Friday, December 7, 2012 Las Vegas, NV 


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