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


Oregon lands $4m from NSF to study water management (Sustainable Business Oregon 02/22/2011)

Three Oregon universities are working together on a five-year study of climate change, population growth and water availability, a project supported by a $4.3 million National Science Foundation grant.

Faculty from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University will work together on "Willamette Water 2100," a study that will use Oregon's Willamette River basin as a test case for managing regional water supply.

Effort underway to restore Willamette River (Statesman Journal 01/16/2011)

Stan Gregory, an Oregon State University stream ecologist, says every 40 years or so an effort is made to save the Willamette River. Efforts go back to the 1930s, when Oregonians — appalled at the rising tide of filth that had turned the river into an open sewer — passed a referendum to create the state’s first sewage treatment standards.

The Willamette River Project: Changing Course (Albany Democrat Herald 01/15/2011)

Willamette River"Every 40 years or so, we all come together and try to save the Willamette," said Stan Gregory, an Oregon State University stream ecologist who has devoted much of his career to studying the critical environmental challenges facing the state's most beloved waterway.

Leading the charge this time around is the Willamette Special Investment Partnership, which pairs the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, a state agency funded by a dedicated share of lottery revenues, and the Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in the Northwest.

Tapping Spirituality to Help Resolve Global Water Conflicts (Knowledge @ Wharton 12/27/2010)

Aaron Wolf is both a professor of geography at Oregon State University and a trained mediator in conflict resolution -- two professions he has melded together when working on the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as numerous disputes in central and southeast Asia and Africa.

Born in 1960 in Iran to Jewish parents, Wolf spent his formative years traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Israel. It was during this time that he grew interested in water. His ability to combine that interest with another -- spirituality -- came later. Today, he teaches mediation while his Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation weaves rational and spiritual philosophies into teaching about water resources management. Alongside that, Wolf launched the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, a compilation of 400 water-related treaties, negotiating notes, case studies and other information on methods of conflict resolution.

Oregon faces big challenges from global warming, state reports say (Oregonian 11/30/2010)

At just over 400 pages, the first legislatively mandated report from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute attempts to spell out the likely regional effects of projected warmer temperatures and sea level increases, exacerbated by expected population growth. It drew on contributions from 70 university and government researchers throughout the Northwest. (See also OPB)

Oregon Climate Change: Less Water, More Wildfires (KTVZ 11/30/2010)

Written by some 70 authors from universities, state and federal agencies and other groups, the report was produced by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, an Oregon University System entity housed at Oregon State University.

Toxicology at OSU celebrates 50 years (Life@OSU 11/30/2010)

For 50 years, Toxicology has been the primary scientific focus of many researchers, instructors and students on campus, even though the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology has been in existence at OSU for less than two decades.

Phil Mote, Oregon State University climate scientist, weathers the storm growing around global warming (Oregonian 11/27/2010)

Phil Mote moved to OSU in spring 2009 to head the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This fall, he helped the university win hosting rights recently for two federal climate change science centers that he’ll help direct, giving him a central role in how aggressively the Northwest responds to global warming.

Oregon State University will help Iraqi universities build sustainable engineering programs (Oregonian 11/01/2010)

Oregon and Oregon State University will help Iraq universities develop energy and water conservation, green construction and other sustainable engineering and design programs, Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Monday on his way to Iraq. (See also OPB, Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times)

In this century, wars will not be fought about water, but there will be more local violence (La Razon 10/30/2010)

An interview with OSU’s Aaron Wolf (in Spanish) regarding water as the basis of world conflict.