November 28, 2018
What's Inside
  • Feature: 2019 Hydrology Days Seeking Nominations for Borland Lecturers & the Hydrology Days Award
  • CSU Water Sustainability Fellows Program Advisor
  • Colorado WASH Symposium Call for Abstracts
  • Water Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications
  • 2019 Poudre Pioneer Award
  • Faculty Spotlight: CSU Researchers Collect New Typhoon Observations
The 2019 Hydrology Days will be held March 27-29 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. The Hydrology Days Award Committee is currently seeking two different types of nominations for:
  • two Borland Lecturers, one in hydrology and the other in hydraulics; and
  • the Hydrology Days Award for recognition of outstanding and significant contributions to hydrologic science.

All nominations are due by November 30, 2018. For more information, click here.

And don't forget to register! A limited quantity of complimentary registrations are available to CSU students on a first-come, first-served basis; priority will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Once capacity has been reached students will be required to pay the regular student registration fee ($50). If you receive a student sponsorship and later determine you are unable to attend, cancellation requests must be received by the Hydrology Days Planning Committee no later than March 8, 2018 so another student may attend in your place. Students who do not contact the committee may be required to cover the regular student registration fee of $50.

Paid Advisor Position to Begin Spring Semester 2019
CSU’s Water Sustainability Fellows Program gives students of color an opportunity to engage in water issues. MaryLou, who serves as the student advisor, is retiring. Colorado Water Institute is seeking a faculty member, research associate, or graduate student to take on the advisor role for the next 2-3 semesters. The advisor role requires approximately 50 hours effort each semester, and up to $2000 per semester is available in support. 

Approximately ten students are chosen as fellows each semester, from applications submitted through a targeted recruitment process. Each fellow receives a small scholarship. Those interested should contact MaryLou Smith at

The organizers of the 2019 Colorado WASH Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, would like to invite academics, practitioners, and professionals who have a passion for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to attend and participate in our annual symposium. We especially encourage submissions which are collaborative and/or interactive. Submissions are encouraged from both international and domestic WASH efforts. 

Recognized as the premier professional development course for the water community in Colorado, Water Education Colorado's Water Leaders Program aims to positively impact the profession by creating a pipeline of knowledgeable, skilled water leaders across diverse fields. Applications for the 2019 class are due January 7, 2019, with acceptance announced in February. Interested? Click here for more information. 

The  Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) is seeking nominations for its annual award to recognize achievements toward its goal of making the Cache la Poudre River a premier example of a  healthy working river. They wish to recognize individuals or organizations, including businesses and public agencies, who have contributed substantially to furthering their goal. Nominations are due by December 12, 2018. Click  here to learn more.
Local & Around the State Events

December 12, 2018 | Boulder, CO

Join us for the third annual Soil Revolution Conference. This full-day event will shed light on the past, present, and future issues surrounding soil health, including the history of global agricultural production, agronomic and financial benefits for today's producers, and the importance of creating resilient landscapes.

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!
Regional, National & International Events

December 11-13, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN

The forum will bring together researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers to advance more connected and cohesive approaches to water and watershed management in the North Central Region. Together, we will deepen the one water conversation, localize lessons learned by delegates and attendees of the National 2018 One Water Summit, and take steps to put one water to action in the Midwest.

December 12-14, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV

The Colorado River Water Users Association conference provides a forum for exchanging ideas and perspectives on Colorado River use and management with the intent of developing and advocating common objectives, initiatives and solutions. This is the only conference where attendees have the opportunity to network with folks up and down the Colorado River, Mexico, and the Ten Tribes Partnership!

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.

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.

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.

Up to $10,000 for tuition and 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 purpose of this award is to provide a funding program 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

Full-time | Applications due by December 7, 2018

The Water Transactions Coordinator will evaluate, develop, and implement flow restoration projects throughout Colorado using collaborative, voluntary, market-based approaches. S/he will work in a team environment under the direction of the Director of Programs. The ideal candidate will share their passion for Western water and healthy rivers, is adept at thinking outside the box to advance the Water Trust’s goals, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills in addition to technical skills, and is persistent despite occasionally skeptical audiences or difficult, long-term projects.

Full-time | Open until filled

Resource Central is looking for a proven leader to help expand their conservation programs throughout the region. The Water Programs Manager will be responsible for providing leadership, staff supervision, and day-to-day management for all Water Audit & Retrofit Programs, including but not limited to Slow the Flow, Flush for the Future, the Landscape Consultation program. The incumbent will also contribute to other water conservation programs as needed. 

Full-Time, salaried | Open until filled

Water Education Colorado is now hiring for an Education and Outreach Coordinator role to lead their Water Educator Network, as well as plan and implement various tours and outreach activities. They are seeking a dynamic individual who desires to grow the impact of water education for both youth and adult audiences. This position offers opportunities to engage within all major river basins in the state and to network with a wide variety of educators, top resource managers, and decision makers.

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.

Temporary/Seasonal | Not to exceed 12-months (part-time) or 9 months (full-time) | $12-14/hour | Open until filled

Ducks Unlimited is seeking a dynamic self-starter to fill a temporary intern/technician position interested in working with wetlands to address water quality issues in Northern Colorado. Working with several partners, DU is engaged in developing wetland designs to reduce nutrients, metals, and pathogens in several streams with the goal of helping meet permit goals or remove stream segments from impaired waters lists while delivering healthy habitats for waterfowl.

Full-time | Open until filled

Duties include planning and directing personnel and all aspects of Northern Water’s activities concerning water quality. Identifying water quality issues that may affect the organization and its allottees and developing and implementing plans to maintain compliance with pertinent local, state and federal regulations and to protect system water quality and water supply.

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, 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. 

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.

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 | 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.
Fall 2019 | Mondays 4-5PM | CSU, Fort Collins, CO
Join us each fall for our interdisciplinary seminar on current water issues. Students may sign up for course credit, but all interested faculty, students and off-campus guests are welcome to attend. Students can use CRN 74006 to register.

Fall 2019 | Date & time TBD | CSU, Fort Collins, CO

The CSU Water Center and the School of Global and Environmental Sustainability are pleased to offer this introductory water course in Fall 2019. This three-credit course offers a multi-disciplinary overview of the issues surrounding the biggest challenges to the sustainability of life in the western U.S. Please visit the CSU Water Center for more information.

Fall 2018 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 11AM - 12:15PM | Stadium Rm 1208, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The CSU Department of Sociology is excited to offer a new Science and Technology in Society course for the Fall 2018 semester. The course will be an examination of how society shapes science and technology and how science and technologies interact with and change our social world. All majors are welcome, but you must have completed SOC 100 or SOC 105 as a prerequisite.

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.

A list of all water-related Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), past and present, and links for more information about the courses.
Faculty Spotlight
In August and September, one team at Colorado State University set sail to study precipitation in the tropical west Pacific. Their project, the Propagation of Intra-Seasonal Tropical OscillatioNs, or PISTON, seeks a better understanding of precipitation processes in order to better understand weather across the Maritime Continent, in southeastern continental Asia, and the U.S. Fourteen universities and several national and international organizations collaborated on the project, with funding for the U.S. portion provided by the Office of Naval Research.

Researchers tracked large rainbands and their interactions with the daily cycle of rainfall, typhoons and atmospheric waves, using a variety of tools and sophisticated regional models. CSU Department of Atmospheric Science Professor Steven Rutledge is lead principal investigator for PISTON’s atmospheric component, and Professor Eric Maloney led development of the science plan for PISTON. Associate Professor Michael Bell and his group led forecasting, providing daily forecast summaries to researchers, and Professor Sue van den Heever and her research group were involved in PISTON’s numerical modeling activities. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor V. Chandrasekar led the SEA-POL engineering team (Jim George, Francesc Junyent and Alex Morin). More than 20 other graduate students and researchers from the Maloney, Bell, Rutledge and van den Heever research groups contributed to field observations, forecasting, data processing and modeling.
Legislative Updates
Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for industrial hemp cultivation. This bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee January 10, passed the third Senate reading on April 12, and passed the third House reading on May 3. The bill was signed by the President of the Senate May 11, signed by the Speaker of the House on May 15, and signed into law by the Governor on June 6.

Concerning the funding of Colorado water conservation board projects, and, in connection therewith, making appropriations. This bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee on March 26, passed the third Senate reading on April 12, introduced into the House and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee on April 17, and passed the third House reading on May 3. The bill was signed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House on May 11, and the Governor signed the bill into law on May 30.

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for marijuana cultivation. This bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee on January 10, passed the third House reading on April 25, was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Finance Committee on April 25, and the Senate Committee on Finance postponed the bill indefinitely May 2.

Concerning the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and, in connection therewith, allowing reclaimed domestic wastewater to be used for toilet flushing and making an appropriation. This bill was introduced in the House on January 10, passed the third House reading with no amendments on March 21, was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee on March 26, and passed the third Senate reading April 17. The bill was signed by the Speaker of the House, President of the Senate and the sent to the Governor on April 26. The Governor signed the bill into law April 30.
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