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


OSU IWW Interim Director Todd Jarvis Comments on Bottled Water. (Better Homes and Gardens 07/03/2012)

Biggest Money Drainer: Bottled Water.  Despite what many consumers believe, pricy store-bought H2O isn’t always purer than tap.  Tap water is required to undergo annual testing for contaminates, and towns and cities must share the results with the public, says Todd Jarvis, associate director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University.  On the other hand, makers of bottled water are largely responsible for their own testing, and they don’t have to report their findings. “Some brands are filters and treated more than tap water, while some brands don’t receive any additional treatment,” Jarvis says.

Reyes, Maridel. “Summer Health Handbook.” Better Homes and Gardens  July 2012: 163-170.

Time to Update Qualification Standards? (Oregon Geologist Examiner 07/01/2012)

An emerging question is do qualifying standards for licensure need to be revisited as the fields of geology and geography become increasingly overlapped?

Testing the waters - Corvallis Artificial Wetlands Project (Gazette Times 06/27/2012)

Corvallis wastewater treatment plantCorvallis weighs a $14 million artificial wetland project aimed at lowering temperature impacts on the Willamette. 

“OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds Director Todd Jarvis, whose organization has an ongoing consulting relationship with the project, said there is at least one solid case study that clearly demonstrates how water can be cooled by filtering it through the hyporheic zone.”

Oregon DEQ allows reuse of gray water for irrigation (Mail Tribune 06/27/2012)

Oregon DEQ allows reuse of gray water for irrigation. For a relatively small investment, you can install plumbing that carries gray water from your shower, bathroom sink and washing machine outside to your lawn, garden, bushes and trees — thanks to new rules passed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

What is gray water? According to the DEQ gray water is wastewater that originates from showers, baths, bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks and laundries. It does not include toilet water or wastes, garbage wastes, dishwashing wastewater discharge, garbage disposal discharge or wastewater contaminated by soiled diapers.  Gray water may contain a mixture of organic matter, suspended solids, bacteria and common household chemicals that are disposed down the drain during common household activities.

Academy focuses on world's natural resources (Gazette Times 06/27/2012)
W. Todd Jarvis goes over the results of the "Water Message" game the class had just finished Wednesday afternoon at the National Resources Leadership Academy held at Oregon State University. (Andy Cripe | Corvallis Gazette-Times

Oregon State University launched its initial Natural Resources Leadership Academy this week with 47 students from around the world gathering to discuss global resources, but much of the discussion in its various classes boiled down to one particular precious resource: Water.

Academy seminars such as this two-week program are ways for graduate students to gain credits for master’s programs, and some participants make the long trip from far-flung places to take part in what is a discussion of how best to use and maintain global resources.

Alumnus appointed to commission on UNESCO (The Daily Barometer 06/06/2012)

United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently appointed Oregon State University alumnus Rich Meganck to the U.S. National commission to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Meganck, who graduated with a Ph.D. from OSU in the now-defunct natural resource management and geography program, taught at OSU for 4 years in the forestry department as an assistant professor before joining the United Nations system. Dr. Meganck’s specialty is water management and policy, and he is currently an international fellow at the Institute for Water and Watersheds at OSU.

Wells saving crops but depleting aquifer, study warns (Bend Bulletin 05/31/2012)

After a dispute in 2001 that drew national attention to the Klamath Basin and its struggle over divvying river water for the benefit of fish, waterfowl and farmers, irrigators started digging wells to water their crops in dry years.  Now, an USGS study has concluded they have pumped more than the regional aquifer can sustain.

The Long Memory of Small Dams (Oregon's Agricultural Progress 05/29/2012)

At the time of construction, most of these dams were seen as beneficial for flood control, clean energy generation, irrigation and drinking water supply, and recreation, says Desiree Tullos, an associate professor in OSU’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. Yet, as time and science progressed, problems associated with the dams became apparent. Fish populations, river channel stability, and instream-flow patterns all experienced declines where dams were present, and as the structures aged, concerns for public safety arose.  Read more...

Klamath Basin water supplies look tight again, Bureau of Reclamation says (OregonLive.com 05/24/2012)

Water supplies for the Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Basin project are projected to fall about 17 percent short this summer and fall, the bureau says. Warmer than normal conditions recently caused an early melt off, reducing water available later in the season.

Science: Beacon of Reality (OSU Mediaspace 05/21/2012)

Dr. Robert T. Lackey presents the plenary lecture at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Seattle, Washington.