H2OSU - September 4, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
(September Issue)


Upcoming OSU Water Events

Wednesday, September 12, 7-9 pm, Brownsville Community Center, behind City Hall (255 N. Main Street, Brownsville, OR), Calapooia Watershed Council Meeting.

Friday, September 14, 10-11 am, Burt Hall 193, The Role of Plastic Mulch as a Water Conservation Practice for Desert Oasis Communities of Northern China, Mark Ingman’s Water Resources Policy and Management MS Thesis Defense.

Friday, September 14, 4-6 pm, Horseshoe Lake, Albany, Willamette River Celebration - Greenbelt Land Trust celebrates the protection of 545 acres of Willamette River Frontage.

Friday, September 14, 6-9 pm, Calapooia Brewing Company (140 Hill St. NE Albany, OR), Wet Your Whistle in the Watershed - Calapooia Watershed Council Annual Celebration & Fundraiser.

Tuesday, September 18, 10:30-5 pm, LaSells Stewart Center, University Day, Celebrating the people and achievements of OSU.

Saturday, September 22, 5-11 pm, Avery Park - Thompson Shelter, Hydrophiles Fall BBQ.

Friday, September 28, 5-7 pm, Brew Station (2305 NW Monroe), Water Year Celebration - Start the School Year and the New Water Year!

Saturday, September 29, 10-4 pm, Benton County Fairgrounds (110 SW 53rd), 10th Annual Kids Day For Conservation - Connecting Kids with Natural Resources.

Look ahead on our online osu water events calendar.


Water Community Announcements

  • Message from Dr. Santelmann.

The WRPG wants to support and celebrate our water students.  Please email Jennifer Eaton (jennifer.eaton@oregonstate.edu) with any important events like dissertation or thesis defenses, conferences, publications or awards in a timely manner so that we can spread the word to WRGP faculty and students! 


  • Congratulations Water Resource Graduate Program Students for earning prestigious AWRA Scholarships!

Kim Ogren from the Geosciences Department received $2,000 and Luke Pangle from the Forest Engineering Management and Resources Department received a $1,000 scholarship from the 2012-2013 Herbert Scholarship.


  • Hydroelectric Dam Construction on Dorena Lake

New hydroelectric dam construction to begin southeast of Cottage Grove, Oregon.  Known as the Dorena Dam, it should produce 7.5 megawatts of power and will divert water from Dorena Lake to Row River. The project is owned by Symbiotics and should be completed by 2013.

The river is home to both threatened and endangered species including; the Oregon chub and the Upper Willamette River Chinook Salmon. Up for debate are the impacts from sediment and temperature as byproducts of the dam construction.


  • Water and Climate in the Pacific Northwest, a white paper from IWW and OCCRI.

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Water and climate in the Pacific Northwest are inextricably linked. This new white paper from IWW and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) explores how climate has changed and is projected to change during the 21st century, and the implications for water in the Pacific Northwest and greater western United States.


  • Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS).

The Oregon Water Resources Commission adopted the state's first Integrated Water Resources Strategy on August 2, 2012.  The Strategy provides a blueprint to help the state better understand and meet its instream and out-of-stream needs, taking into account water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs.


  • The USGS has published its Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) Report for Fiscal Year 2011.

This report summarized programs funded by the USGS under the WRRA in 2011.  The WRRA funds projects that improve water quantity or quality, improve water treatment technologies, improve infrastructure or focus on public outreach.


  • Slogan Contest: International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day 2013.

Create a slogan for the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and win an invitation to the kick-off meeting in Paris in January 2013.  Submit your entry by November 15, 2012!


Recent OSU Water Publications

Akay, AE, Wing MG, Sessions J (11/2012) Estimating structural properties of riparian forests with airborne lidar data International Journal of Remote Sensing Abstract OSU authors: Wing, Sessions

Gabrielli, CP, McDonnell JJ, Jarvis WT (5/2012) The role of bedrock groundwater in rainfall–runoff response at hillslope and catchment scales Journal of Hydrology Abstract OSU authors: all

 Faulkner, BR, Renée Brooks J, Forshay KJ, Cline SP (7/2012) Hyporheic flow patterns in relation to large river floodplain attributes Journal of Hydrology Abstract OSU author: Cline

 Warrick, JA, Hatten JA, Pasternack GB, Gray AB, Goni MA, Wheatcroft RA   The effects of wildfire on the sediment yield of a coastal California watershed Geological Society of America Bulletin Abstract OSU authors: Wheatcroft, Goni

Evans, AF, Hostetter NJ, Roby DD, Collis K, Lyons DE, Sandford BP, Ledgerwood RD, Sebring S (07/2012) Systemwide Evaluation of Avian Predation on Juvenile Salmonids from the Columbia River Based on Recoveries of Passive Integrated Transponder Tags Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Abstract OSU Author Lyons

 Redman, AD, McGrath JA, Stubblefield WA, Maki AW, Di Toro DM (08/2012) Quantifying the concentration of crude oil microdroplets in oil-water preparations Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Abstract OSU Author Stubblefield

 Vinett, MA, Jarvis T (08/2012) Conflicts Associated with Exempt Wells: A Spaghetti Western Water War Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education Abstract OSU author: Jarvis

 Schwalm, CR, Williams CA, Schaefer K, Baldocchi D, Black AT, Goldstein AH, Law BE, Oechel WC, Paw U KT, Scott RL (7/2012) Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America Nature Geoscience Abstract OSU author: Law

Stewart, R. D., M. R. Abou Najm, D. E. Rupp, and J. S. Selker. 2012. Measurement Tool for Dynamics of Soil Cracks. Vadose Zone Journal Abstract OSU authors: all

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

 Stewart, RD, Najm AMR, Rupp DE, Selker JS (07/2012) An Image-Based Method for Determining the Soil Shrinkage Curve Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract OSU authors: all


For Faculty: Funding Opportunities

NSF: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) 09/27/2012

 NSF: Geomechanics & Geomaterials (GGS) 10/01/2012  

 NSF: Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) 10/07/2012   

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

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

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

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


For Students: Funding Opportunities

Foundation: Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 09/15/2012   

 Foundation: 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program 09/24/2012   

  Foundation: AWWA Academic Achievement Award 10/01/2012  

Job Opportunities

(All New!)

Oregon Explorer Program Manager, Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (Application Closes 09/10/2012)

Graduate Research Position (MS or PhD) in wetland-stream connectivity, Palmer Lab – University of Maryland (Annapolis, MD) (open until filled)

There is an opening for a M.S. or Ph.D. student with Dr. Margaret Palmer's ecosystem ecology research in the area of wetland-stream connectivity. Position is available now but could also be filled in January. Student must have GIS skills and course work in hydrology, ecosystem science or ecology.  Students with watershed hydrologic modeling experience are particularly encouraged to apply.  If interested, please send resume, transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Palmer (mpalmer@umd.edu).

Five scientists with a passion for studying biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) – University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) (open until filled)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Earth Surface Process Modeling, Department of Geological Sciences - University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) (open until filled)

Director - Office of Wastewater Management, Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC) (closes 9/24/12)

2-Year Postdoc Fellowship in Aquatic Science and Technology, EAWAG Aquatic Research (Switzerland, various locations) (closes 10/3/12)

Institutional Postdoctoral Research Associate, OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (Corvallis, OR) (closes 10/1/12)

Postdoc - Defining and Classifying Ecosystem Goods and Services, Office of Water - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC) (open until filled)


Regional Events and Conferences

2012 AWRA Washington State Conference - The Columbia River, Basin and Treaty | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Ellensburg, WA 

12th Annual Montana Water Law | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Thursday, September 13, 2012 | Helena, MT

Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Climate Science | Friday, September 14, 2012 - Sunday, September 16, 2012 | University of Colorado at Boulder 

Dam Safety 2012 | Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Denver, CO  

2012 Sustainable Stormwater Symposium | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Portland, OR

RiverFest - Celebrate the Willamette! | Friday, September 21, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012 | Cathedral Park, Portland, OR 

Fifty Years of Watershed Modeling – Past, Present and Future | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Boulder, CO | The deadline for the conference registration and optional dinner is September 10.  

Water Right Transfers in 2012 | Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Seattle, WA 

 (View the complete calendar of external events online.)


National and International Events and Conferences

International Conference on Hydrology and Groundwater Expo - The Environmental Aspects of Groundwater and Modern Techniques Involved in Hydrology | Monday, September 10, 2012 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | San Antonio, TX

Fifty Years of Watershed Modeling - Past, Present and Future - An ECI Conference | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Boulder, Colorado 

National Rural Water Association (NRWA) WaterPro Conference | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Nashville, TN 

Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services | Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Friday, October 5, 2012 | Columbus, Ohio

7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference - Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary | Friday, October 12, 2012 - Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Sacramento, CA

20th Annual Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop – The Secrets of Success, Making the Most of Available Resources | Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | DoubleTree Hilton at Warren Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2012 International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition | Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Friday, September 21, 2012 | Busan, Republic of Korea 

International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Canada 2012 Congress: Confronting Global Change | Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012 | Niagara Falls, Canada 

9th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics 2012 | Monday, September 17, 2012 - Friday, September 21, 2012 | Vienna, Austria 

ACCWA Water Quality 2012 - Protecting Our Water Resources: Issues for a Changing World | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Friday, September 21, 2012 | HangZhou, Zhejiang Province, China 

Nutrient Removal and Recovery 2012: Trends in NRR | Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | Harbin, China

International Conference on Pathogen Fate, Transport and Risk | Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada 

HydroPredict 2012 - International Interdisciplinary Conference on Predictions for Hydrology, Ecology and Water Resources Management: Water Resources and Changing Global Environment | Monday, September 24, 2012 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Vienna, Austria 

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