OSU Water in the News

Below is a collection of news stories featuring OSU water faculty and students. To add to this list, please email iww@oregonstate.edu


Water: The ultimate liquid asset (South China News 02/02/2016)

“You had a lot of angry, unemployed men helping to trigger a revolution,” Aaron Wolf, a water management expert at Oregon State University, was quoted as saying in the same piece.

Hope fades for Klamath River accords (High Country News 02/02/2016)

Ultimately, the fate of the Klamath Agreements portends difficulty for future collaborative water deals. “I hope people realize how important this agreement is — not just for southern Oregon and Northern California, but for the world of water conflict management,” says Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University professor of water policy. “I hope politicians get the message and can do the right thing.”

OSU Students Dig To The Bottom Of Flooding (Polk County Observer 10/07/2015)

Every winter those living in a square mile zone near Sheldon Avenue in Falls City experience frequent and sudden flooding.  Thanks to more than 18 months of detective work on the part of Oregon State University students, namely Joe Kemper, residents are closer to finding a cause.

OSU geoscientist wins $250,000 award for global water negotiations (Oregonian 04/23/2015)

An Oregon State University geoscientist who specializes in resolving complex international water conflicts will receive a $250,000 Heinz Award for Public Policy.

Professor Aaron Wolf participated in talks resulting in the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty and has helped broker agreements in Southeast Asia and Africa. "His success in blending scientific rigor with humanism to create water cooperation is a case study in how to promote global sustainability and resource security," said a press release announcing the award, named for the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, who died in a 1991 plane crash.

Bottled water wars: Nestle's latest move in Cascade Locks sparks outcry from opponents (Oregonian 01/26/2015)

The water that gushes from Oxbow Springs is undeniably pristine, but no more so than the stuff that pours from Cascade Locks residents’ taps.

Chemically speaking, they’re the exact same thing.

Yet, Nestlé -- a Swiss multinational corporation -- is willing to invest years of time and large sums of money to obtain the former. If the company wins the right to bottle Oxbow Springs water, it stands to make more money than by bottling tap water alone.

“They capitalize on the perception that spring water is healthier, that it’s healing water,” said Todd Jarvis, an Oregon State University professor who studies the bottled water industry. “It’s great marketing.”

Building a Better Logjam: New Tools Reveal How Salmon Streams Work (Oregon's Agricultural Progress 01/13/2015)

Waders up to her waist, Desirée Tullos pounds a pole into the rocky bottom of the North Santiam River. Clanging metal echoes into the surrounding old growth of the Opal Creek Ancient Forest. But the pole is too wiggly to secure her water gauge. So Tullos leapfrogs to another spot in the river and screws the gauge directly into an oven-sized boulder, its line of moss foretelling higher, swifter flows to come.

Now, she waits. A nearby sign asks hikers to read the gauge and report the river’s depth to an online database. Scientists will use these data to calculate the water’s volume and velocity over time, which will help them decide how to stabilize eroding stream banks.

Virtual water: Tracking the unseen water in goods and resources (Earth 12/22/2014)

"Importing rice and wheat and all these water-intensive commodities is basically a replacement for having your own water” to grow them, says Jeff Reimer, an international trade economist at Oregon State University. The grain imports eased stress on the countries’ own limited resources — perhaps easing cross-border tensions in the process — and freed up internal water for other uses like industry and direct consumption.

Water-quality groups team up with farmers to reduce pesticides in Clackamas River (Oregonian 12/01/2014)

Paul Jepson of the Oregon State University Integrated Plant Protection Center will eventually survey the people who use the pilot-program windsocks. If the program is successful, they will make adjustments and continue.

OSU researchers find Rogue, Calapooia river ecosystems recovered quickly after dams removed (The Oregonian 10/08/2014)

Scientists at Oregon State University have found that the ecosystems on two rivers quickly recovered after small dams were removed, indicating the environmental damage from leaving the dams standing was greater than the damage from removing them.

The study, which was published in the online peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE, looked at insect life and riverbed geology before and after the removal of theSavage Rapids Dam on the Rogue and Brownsville Dam on the Calapooia. The sampling sites were upstream and downstream of the dams.

LilyPad, the solar powered water cleanup device, gets more funding (Portland Tribune 08/25/2014)

Beaverton, Ore. startup Puralytics has been working with Oregon State University researchers for the past year on small-scale testing of the “LilyPad” technology in campus lab spaces affiliated with OSU’s Institute for Water and Watersheds.