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


Engineers Without Borders completes El Salvador water systems project (Momentum 05/16/2011)

The Oregon State student chapter of Engineers Without Borders finished an ambitious international outreach effort the group initiated in 2005. Students engineered and installed efficient water catchment and filtration systems to provide safe, potable water to two rural communities in El Salvador. Over the course of ten trips to the region, 26 student volunteers completed the project in March 2011, delivering a sustainable, accessible, and centralized site for the long-term storage and purification of rainwater. The solution ensures a reliable water source for farming, washing, and drinking. More…

Entrepreneur to discuss water, energy conservation (OSU News & Research Communications 05/10/2011)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Entrepreneur Fred Ziari will explore water and energy conservation in a presentation on Thursday, May 19, at Oregon State University.

The free public talk is titled “Do What is in Front of You,” and will be at noon at the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. It is part of the Entrepreneurs in Residence Lecture Series.

Ziari, founder of four separate companies, has helped save billions of gallons of water and hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours of electricity. His innovations focus on water and energy conservation, broadband wireless, “smart home” technologies and other areas...

Portland watershed council represents the few, rather than the many (OSU News & Research Communications 05/02/2011)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A study of one of the largest watershed councils in Portland shows some inequities and a disproportionate representation by the city’s wealthier, well-connected, and liberal residents.

The study published in a recent issue of the Natural Resources Journal, sheds light on the difficulty of fostering widespread community engagement among a diverse array of citizens.

Denise Lach, a professor in Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy, conducted the research with Kelli Larson, now an assistant professor at Arizona State University. Larson was a graduate student at OSU when the study was done...

Future of the Cascades: melting glaciers, warm rains, debris flows (OregonLive.com 04/22/2011)

“Grinding over ancient layers of lava and ash, the glaciers of the Cascade Range act like supersized sheets of shrinkwrap. Stretched taut across tons of pulverized rock, these blankets of frozen snow hold sand, gravel and boulders in place — that is, until they start to melt. Then the sediments, unlocked from the glaciers’ icy grip, are vulnerable to gravity. The steeper the slope or gully, the more likely they are to break loose, especially when pounded by warm rainstorms blowing in from the sea.  That’s what happened in early November 2006, says OSU geoscientist Anne Nolin...”

Nile Basin water rights (World Politics Review 04/18/2011)

In March, the Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement garnered enough national signatures to allow it to be presented to national parliaments for ratification. In an email interview, Aaron Wolf, a professor at Oregon State University specializing in water resources policy and conflict resolution, discussed the political maneuvering over water rights in the Nile Basin.

Water Wars: Hydropotential or hydrohype? (Revolve 04/15/2011)

The history of international water treaties regarding surface water is robust. Over 400 treaties have been inventoried by the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database hosted by Oregon State University where we work. The earliest treaty dates back to 2500 BCE, following the only documented war over water in history, in Mesopotamia along the Tigris River.

We did in 24 hours what would have taken our team weeks (KVAL 04/08/2011)

A team of scientists in the remote Cuyuni River basin in Guyana was conducting a fish biodiversity survey recently, when they ran into a problem – they had to identify more than 5,000 specimens in less than a week in order to obtain a permit to export them back to the United States for further study. Their solution? Why, Facebook, of course.

Tapping water’s future A federal grant for OSU and other researchers will fund “Willamette Water 2100” (Eugene Register-Guard 02/28/2011)

Oregon State University has received a $4.3 million federal grant to study the effect of climate change on the water supply in the Willamette River basin. Researchers from the University of Oregon and Portland State University also will take part in the study.

Water worries draw study of Willamette (Corvallis Gazette Times 02/26/2011)

“Issues of water scarcity are on the horizon for us,” warned Jeff McDonnell, the head of Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds.

Science foundation grant funds water supply study (Portland Tribune 02/24/2011)

Researchers from Oregon’s three top universities will team up to study the regional water supply in the Willamette River Basin, and how it might be impacted by population growth and climate change.