January 8, 2019
What's Inside
  • Feature: Colorado Water Center Request for Proposals for Competitive Grants Program
  • Pivotal Places: New Non-Profit Created by CSU Students
  • 2019 Water Course Offered by Hutchins Water Center at CMU
  • Snow School for Water Managers
  • Student Spotlight: Daniel Dominguez
  • Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Warnock
The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) invites proposals for Water Research Teams, Water Faculty Fellows, and Water Education and Engagement Projects for the 2019-20 academic year. Proposals should help support the mission and goals of the Center through collaboration and creative scholarship, as well as aim to address a water problem currently faced by our community, region, country, or world. This RFP targets CSU faculty and staff whose scholarly contributions will be significantly enhanced by receiving the award. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplines, including the biological and physical sciences, the social and human sciences, and engineering fields. Applicants must demonstrate the ability and desire to help position CSU to better address water resource challenges through broad‐based interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement activities.
Pictured above, starting top left : Joe Burke (Natural Resources Tourism), Nolan Bunting (Zoology), Jake Marinkovich (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability), Alex Shaughnessy (Biological Science), Natalie Miller (Biological Science), Abigail Blumenthal (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability), Kaitlyn Ammerlaan (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability), Jess Faber (Animal Sciences), Thomas (Tour Guide), Marissa Nelson (Human Dimensions of Natural Resources), Sydney Vander Waerdt (Cultural Anthropology), Jennifer Warner (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability ) , Josh Kirschner (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability), Amber McArdle (Zoology), Sabrina Romero (Conservation Biology), and Dan Albrecht (History).
 Bottom left : Daniel Dominguez (Watershed Science) and Madison Waggoner (Animal Sciences).

“Where students transform scientific research into innovative solutions that promote resilient communities and healthy ecosystems”

Pivotal Places is a non-profit created by CSU undergraduate students who participated in the South Africa Communities and Conservation study abroad program in the summer of 2018. The Communities and Conservation program, led by Dr. Melissa McHale (Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability, NREL) and  Dr. David Bunn (Senior Scientist,  NREL), took the 2018 study abroad group to a number of relatively remote rural areas in and bordering Kruger National Park in northern South Africa to work with and learn from rural community members. Their goal was to understand conservation practices associated with post-apartheid South Africa, and in the process, explore the problems facing individuals living on the edge of protected areas. The students participated in the program for a number of different reasons, and as a result, all learned and took away from the trip a variety of different lessons.

As the students discussed these various lessons and the conservation practices they observed, they wanted to determine how they could generate change that was different from the ways they had already learned about. This led to the creation of the non-profit Pivotal Places, which they describe as a platform that enables university students to coordinate research and development initiatives focused on sustainable and resilient communities. Through partnerships, they aim to co-create solutions to difficult socio-economic and ecological challenges and purposefully choose areas where their efforts can produce the largest influence on human and environmental health. The students have been working hard at generating a management plan and two separate funding accounts: a CSU Foundation fund for CSU students and faculty to promote student involvement and research, and a 501(c)3 account to achieve campaign goals.

If you are a CSU student and Pivotal Places is of interest to you, you can apply now for the 2019 Communities and Conservation program! The program will travel to Kruger National Park in South Africa and will offer insights into the innovative community-based natural resource management emerging in South Africa from June 10th to July 2nd, 2019.

February 11, 18 & 25, from 6-9pm | CMU University Center Ballroom

The 2019 Water Course is offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University. This is annual seminar series on water in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin will consist of 3-evening seminars:
  • Feb 11: Intro to Colorado Water Law and Hydrology in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin
  • Feb 18: Impacts of Drought & Aridification on Fire, Streams and Farms
  • Feb 25: Drought Contingency Planning
The cost to attend is $45/ series or $20/ session (free for K-12 teachers and CMU students, faculty & staff; discounts for Hutchins Water Center donors). Register now!

February 20–22, 2019 | Silverton, CO

Offered by the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies (CSAS), this 2.5 day class will consist of both classroom and field work, and is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about the role of snow and our mountain systems as it pertains to water resources. Specifically, this workshop will enhance participant understanding of snowpack processes, snowpack monitoring, and snowpack data. Class size is limited to 10 participants, so register now!
Call for Abstracts, Proposals & Applications

Applications due by January 11, 2019

The Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee, H3S, is dedicated to a number of ideas and issues within the geosciences complementary to those highlighted by the larger Hydrology Section. They strive to provide student members with opportunities for professional development as well as social interaction and networking within the broader geosciences community, which they achieve by organizing activities at AGU Meetings and online.

Abstracts due January 16, 2019 | Conference: February 27-28, 2019, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

This year's theme is “From past to future: Navigating global change." Submissions for a wide-range of ecological topics for current or future projects at any stage (proposal, field work, in progress, etc.) are welcomed to share as a poster or oral presentation. Modeled after a professional society meeting, the symposium will include workshops, ignite talks, panel discussions, networking and socializing opportunities, a photo contest, and an awards reception.

Abstracts due January 25, 2019 | Conference: March 12-14, 2019,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Jointly hosted by High Altitude Revegetation Committee (HAR) and Central Rockies chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (CeRSER), the 2019 Conference seeks high quality oral and poster presentations by practitioners, scientists, land managers, students and policymakers to enhance our understanding of restoration and revegetation in diverse ecosystems using a variety of methods.

Proposals due January 28, 2019

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) is announcing a request for proposals for 2019-20 Global Challenges Research Teams and Resident Fellows. Both programs seek proposals that address pressing global and regional sustainability grand challenges, are highly innovative and enterprising in their approach, and are applicable to real-world sustainability issues.

Abstracts due January 31, 2019 | Conference: March 27-29, 2019, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The conference provides a unique opportunity for students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners to present their latest research and engage in a wide range of water-related interdisciplinary topics: Agricultural Water; Conservation Strategies & Practices; Energy-Water Nexus; Hydrologic Systems; Integrated River Basin Planning, Management & Policy; Socio-Ecological Systems; & Urban Water Systems.

Abstracts due January 31, 2019 | Conference: July 2-4, 2019, Norwich, UK

The conference is hosted by the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice group, with support from colleagues on their advisory board. The primary focus of the conference is connections between environmental justice and transformations to sustainability, with three main conference themes relating to connections across scales, movements and worldviews.

Abstracts due February 28th, 2019 | Conference: September 24-27, 2019, Bengaluru, India

Hosted by the Sustainable Water Future Programme of Future Earth, the conference will address the current state of global water resource challenges, future pathways and scenarios, and different technological, institutional solutions to accelerate the implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda targets with an aim of 'leaving no one behind'. 
Colorado Water Events

The Poudre Heritage Alliance is hosting a series of Poudre Pub Talks this winter/spring 2019 at locations all over Northern Colorado, featuring guest speakers talking about a range of subjects related to local water, its use, and its history. The Poudre Pub Talks will lead up to the Poudre Pour on Saturday March 30, 2019 from 12-4pm. The following are the remaining dates for January Pub Talks:
For a list of all Poudre Pub Talks leading up to the Poudre Pour, click here.

January 30 - February 1, 2019 | Westminster, CO

The Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention is the premier water industry event in the state, attracting 500+ attendees that convene for ​networking and collaboration on the important water issues of the day.

February 1, 2019 | Drake Centre, Fort Collins, CO

Hosted by the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI), the annual Poudre River Forum brings together Poudre River communities to celebrate, learn about, and explore the opportunities and challenges of the river. This year's theme is “What is a Healthy Working River? Pieces of the Puzzle.”

February 11-14, 2019 | Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, Denver, CO

This conference, planned to provide training and exam preparation for all levels and classes of certification, offers concurrent training sessions in Water, Wastewater, Collection, Distribution and Management/ ORC. There will be 152 booths with exhibitors representing the best products, services and equipment in the industry!

February 21-23, 2019 | American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens feature length and short films by foreign, local and young filmmakers. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.
Regional, National & International Water Events

February 4-6, 2019 | Nashville, TN

Every activity at the Esri Water Conference is focused on helping water organizations get the most out of their investment in ArcGIS. Some of the topics that you can look forward to learning more about include; Big Data and Analytics, Watershed and Floodplain Delineation, Asset Management, Field Workflows and Mobile Applications. 

February 5-7, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ

RiversEdge West is partnering with the Desert Botanical Garden to host their 17th Annual Conference in 2019. Some session topics include: Priority and secondary weeds; Tamarisk beetle and habitat impacts; Urban restoration; Adaptive management topics; Case studies from tribes; Integrated watershed management planning; Restoring for wildlife; Riparian grazing management; and Long-term monitoring and data management.

March 13-17, 2019 | Raleigh, NC

In 2019, we celebrate and explore the deep roots and broad branches that form the strong core of citizen science. Join us in the City of Oaks to connect with other leaders and learners from many backgrounds. We deepen our own work as we share our diverse perspectives and practices – no matter what we investigate or what we call our efforts.

March 20-22, 2019 | Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, MD

The Annual Climate Leadership Conference brings together influential climate, energy, and sustainability professionals from around the globe to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Join us for the 8th event to collaborate with an unparalleled group of experts and thought leaders, learn about cutting-edge carbon and energy practices, and navigate the climate policy landscape.

Apply for an all-expense paid trip to the summit in Brazil | Applications due by January 10, 2019

Are you aged 18-25 (as of 11-4-2019) and passionate about food security? Would you like an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil and the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading agricultural experts? Do you have an idea that could help achieve Zero Hunger? If so, apply to be one of 100 student delegates chosen to participate!

Two scholarships awarded to cover conference registration & lodging | Applications due by January 13, 2019

Applicants must be undergraduate, Masters or PhD student in program focusing on hydrology, engineering, water law, water resources planning or policy, environmental science or other topics related to water resources in Colorado.

Up to $7,500 per year | Applications due by January 31, 2019 | Requires an official endorsement from CSU/participating university

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to outstanding sophomore and junior students who plan to pursue careers in natural science, mathematics or engineering. The term of the scholarship can be up to two years, depending upon the student's class level. The student may use the award for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board. Candidates must be nominated by the participating university, and CSU may nominate up to four students per year.

Two $2,000 scholarships awarded | Applications due by February 22, 2019

Students interested in the field of weather modification and studying science or engineering at an accredited institution are eligible to apply. In addition to the $2,000 cash award, the successful applicant(s) is eligible for travel reimbursement to attend a meeting of the NAWMC during the award year.

One or more scholarships will be awarded up to $2,000 | Open to Colorado grad students & senior undergrads (as of Fall 2019) | Applications due by June 1, 2019

The Colorado Groundwater Association is announcing the availability of the 2019
Harlan Erker Memorial Scholarship. Students must be attending an accredited college or university in Colorado, and working towards a degree related to groundwater-related topics.

Up to $10,000 for tuition & living expenses to students accepted in a Master of Science Environmental Engineering program | Applications accepted until Selection Committee deems a sufficient number have been received

This award is to provide funding that will encourage qualified students, who have a broad interest in various environmental engineering fields, to enroll in environmental engineering Masters of Science programs and immediately practice environmental engineering within the U.S. after graduation. 
Grants & Fellowships

Awards up to $30,000, depending on the availability of funds | Full proposal due February 15, 2019

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The EJSG program will award approximately $1.5 million nationwide for this competitive opportunity. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (5 per EPA region) of up to $30,000 each. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.

Proposals accepted anytime 

The Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle. The program supports the study of processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and streamflow, evaporation and transpiration, the flow of water in soils and aquifers, and the transport of suspended, dissolved, and colloidal components.

The Colorado Watershed Assembly maintains a list of governmental and non-government funding sources for restoration projects and organizational capacity building.
Employment Opportunities

Applications due January 10, 2019

This position will assist a regional team delivering wetland, riparian and associated habitat restoration projects in Colorado, Western Nebraska and Wyoming programs. The successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for the survey, design, drafting and construction oversight of various wetland projects; (2) serve as DU’s representative on construction projects; (3) coordinate restoration activities with federal, state and private partners; and (4) represent DU with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners and other conservation partners.

Full-time | Applications due by January 27, 2019

The Global Water Strategy Associate supports the development and implementation of the Global Water Markets (GWM) and Resilient Water Supply (RWS) strategies. The position is part of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water Program (GWP), which promotes strategies to achieve innovative and collaborative solutions to major water challenges around the world to provide water for people and nature.

Full-time | Open until filled

The post-doctoral researcher will work on the development and application of water and wastewater treatment innovations to enhance water security. The post-doctoral engineer will utilize various methods in multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization to perform analyses in water treatment design and analysis. Optimization under uncertainty and more general uncertainty analysis methods will also be used in various studies.

Full-time | Open until filled

The post-doctoral research will work with staff at across NREL and at other National Laboratories and the Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office on the topic of grid integration of water power technologies and power systems into grids with high levels of renewable energy penetration. The work will focus on the identification of key analyses and efforts to advance DOE Water Power objectives and utilization of essential capabilities.

Full-time | Open until filled

 The post-doctoral researcher will work on the development and application of models primarily for the design and systems engineering of marine and hydrokinetic technologies at the system, subsystem and component level. To a lesser extent the work scope may also include hydropower as well as wider engineering applications.

Full-time | Open until filled

 The post-doctoral researcher will work on the development and application of models primarily for the mechanical analysis and structural analysis of marine and hydrokinetic technologies at system, subsystem and component levels. To a lesser extent the work scope also includes hydropower as well as wider engineering applications.

Full-time, part-time & paid student intern(s) | Open until filled

TriLynx is hiring one or more Systems/ Software/Support engineers to install and configure new systems, provide support for existing systems, and develop new software
solutions. The number of people hired, and roles filled, will depend on the skills of applicants and ability to serve one or more roles on the TriLynx team. The software system consists of web-based interfaces and server-side programs. 

Full-time | Open until filled

This cross-cutting engineering position has significant growth opportunities in the areas of technical cost modeling, innovation impact assessment, market assessment, and system level design. The successful candidate will support and collaborate with senior engineers and analysts in carrying out work that evaluates technologies that span water power technologies Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies, evolving Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower systems, along with other offshore energy technologies.  

Paid hourly intern(s) | Open until filled

OWF is looking for one or more paid student hourly interns to contribute to software for water resources data analysis and visualization, including: Evaluate web software technologies for data analysis and visualization; Write and test web application software including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React/Angular/View, D3.js, Socrata/CKAN, Tableau, dashboards; Esri ArcGIS, QGIS, web mapping; Develop software tools using Java, Python, Git/GitHub, databases, and other tools; Contribute to water resources projects involving complex issues such as drought, climate change, water supply, and water efficiency analysis.

Full-time | Open until filled

The Project engineer/specialist responsible for working closely with junior and senior staff on a broad array of water resources engineering and planning activities including: data collection, management, and interpretation; streamflow monitoring, consumptive use evaluations; river basin planning and modeling; water supply and demand forecasting; augmentation programs, and hydrologic and water rights analyses. Candidate should possess a proficient understanding of Colorado water rights and experience with GIS and database management.

The CSU Water Center maintains a job board of student positions located in Colorado. Many subject areas are featured through this service including: ecology, economics, engineering, fish and wildlife, natural resources, and the social and natural sciences.

Colorado WaterWise, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, maintains a job board for water conservation-related employment opportunities.

The purpose of the SWIM is to offer students an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the many dimensions of water management. Students will take 21 credits in core and elective courses. This minor is open to all CSU undergraduates. 

This minor offers undergraduate students in every department at CSU a curriculum that enhances their major with the core knowledge to address real world sustainability challenges and the tools to bring sustainability into their careers.

This minor provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities in the transition to a sustainable energy future. Providing society with energy in a sustainable way requires a broad understanding of technical, environmental, and social science issues, and this perspective guided the selection of courses for the minor.

Spring 2019 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:45am | Instructor: Patrick Keys (SoGES)

The School of Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) is pleased to offer this new course for the Spring 2019 semester. Which cities wile underwater in my lifetime? How will Colorado be affected? What can the world do to adapt? In this interdisciplinary course,we'll answer all these questions and more.

Spring 2019 | Tuesdays 10-11:50 am; Recitation Thursdays 10:00-10:50 am | Instructors: LeRoy Poff (Biology) & Yoichiro Kanno (FWCB)

Apply the concepts and principles of freshwater ecosystem structure and function to develop a multidisciplinary and integrated understanding of the approaches and methods for restoring and sustainably managing these systems in the face of increasing human demands and rapid climate change.

Spring 2019 | Tuesday & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am

This class will address global environmental changes, with a strong emphasis on climate change, and with a focus on mountain human-environment systems. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation to develop a research proposal or plan to help address a real climate change problem.

Fridays 1-3:50pm | Location TBA  | Instructor: Heidi Hausermann

The aim of this seminar is to critically evaluate the nexus between space, society and environment. It will take an interdisciplinary approach, studying the ways biological, material, historical, political-economic and cultural processes combine to shape human-environment relationships in place-based contexts. This course engages both theoretical texts and case studies.

2nd Tuesday of each month @ 2pm MST | Next webinar begins December 11, 2018

Join Utah State University's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL) in a monthly webinar series, "Water Well with CWEL" on the 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 2 p.m. (MST). Each month a new presenter will share their successes in the world of outdoor water conservation. Topics will include; outreach & education efforts, new technologies, program impacts, and more.

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm | MSNR Building Rm 345, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

Join CSU's Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department for their 2019 Spring Seminar Series, "Across Boudaries." The seminars will consist of a range of a range of interdisciplinary topics related to sustainable management of resources. The seminar topics can be viewed here.

February 11, 18 & 25, from 6-9pm | CMU University Center Ballroom

The 2019 Water Course is offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University. This is annual seminar series on water in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin will consist of 3-evening seminars:
  • Feb 11: Intro to CO Water Law & Hydrology in CO & the CO River Basin
  • Feb 18: Impacts of Drought & Aridification on Fire, Streams & Farms
  • Feb 25: Drought Contingency Planning

A list of all water-related Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), past and present, and links for more information about the courses.
Student Spotlight

Daniel is a CSU undergraduate student majoring in Watershed Science in the Warner College of Natural Resources, while double-minoring in Global Environmental Sustainability (GES) and the Sustainable Water Minor (SWIM). Daniel was chosen to participate in the CSU Water Sustainability Fellows program in the Fall of 2018, which provides an opportunity for students from historically underrepresented communities and backgrounds to learn about important Colorado water issues and to engage their voices in addressing water challenges. As part of the Fellowship, he attended the 2018 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference, where he provided feedback on how to raise attendance for underrepresented groups in Colorado.

In the summer of 2018, Daniel continued to expand his knowledge and experience in the world of water by participating in the 2018 Communities and Conservation Study Abroad program to South Africa (featured above). Here, he was able to hone in on his interest surrounding human dimensions of water issues:

"...many organizations go overseas and provided wells that will eventually break. While in South Africa I was able to attain knowledge of what some of the actual problems that are faced are... All of these issues will require a human dimension approach and working with the community to make sure that we are not asserting ourselves on a community that doesn't hold the same social values as us."

As noted in the feature above, creation of the non-profit Pivotal Places arose out of the 2018 summer abroad program. Daniel has been assisting his friend for over a year in the creation of his own non-profit, and the knowledge he had gained through that experience aided in the planning phases of Pivotal Places.

Daniel's anticipated graduation date is Spring 2021, but he is already thinking about furthering his knowledge of the human dimensions of water. He intends to pursue his Master's degree and would like to meld his passion for doing field research in rural communities pertaining to sustainable water quality with his newfound interest in water policy attained through his Fellowship.
Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Connecting Water Science Education and Culture
Beginning in 2011, the National Park Service Office of Education and Outreach partnered with the CSU College of Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center (EOC) to interpret and develop a pre-, syn-, and post-visit learning curriculum based on the unique ecosystem that exists on the Kona (leeward) side of Hawai’i Island. Here, fresh flowing water is not always apparent. Small amounts of rain and fog seep into the volcanic rocks of Hualalai volcano before flowing towards the coastal areas of Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, providing habitat for endangered species that live in anchialine (brackish) pools.

A group of Kona teachers and NPS staff worked with the EOCʻs Andrew Warnock and Courtney Butler to develop hands-on kits that connect science to Hawaiian culture. A local kūpuna (elder) taught a chant called “The Waters of Kāne,” which asks the question, “Where are the Waters of Kāne?” The chant reveals that the specific details of the hydrologic cycle were known to ancient Hawaiians. Acknowledging this cultural connection is vital to the acceptance of the science curriculum by teachers and students.

In 2013, a dozen local Hawaiian teachers travelled to CSU to learn about the water cycle and to test educational water science kits that would be used by teachers in the Kona community. One of the activities simulates how an anchialine pool works, with dyes that show the interaction between ground and surface water. After learning the curriculum, the teachers began training new cohorts of local teachers and students.

In November of 2018, Warnock and Butler returned to Kona to visit classrooms, host a teacher professional development workshop, and run water activities at the annual Childrenʻs Cultural Festival at the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. The educational efforts have reached hundreds of K-12 students, and the program continues to be closely linked to the challenges faced by the park to protect its freshwater resources from over-development and other threats in the surrounding area.
Legislative Updates
Concerning the promotion of water-efficient landscaping on property subject to management by local supervisory entities. This bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Energy and Environment Committee on January 4. Representative Brianna Titone is the prime sponsor of the bill.

Concerning the recreation of the Colorado Water Institute. This bill was introduced into the House and assigned to the Rural Affairs Committee on January 4. Representative Jeni Arndt is the prime sponsor of the bill.

Concerning the Republican river water conservation district, and, in connection therewith, expanding the boundaries of the district and adjusting the meeting schedule of the district's board of directors. This bill was introduced into the House and assigned to the Rural Affairs Committee on January 4. Representative Jeni Arndt and Senator Larry Crowder are the prime sponsors of the bill.
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