January 29, 2019
What's Inside
  • Feature: World Water Day Film Screening of Water and Power: A California Heist
  • Student Scholarships Still Available for 2019 Hydrology Days at CSU
  • A Few Scholarships & Discounted Registrations Remain for the 2019 Poudre River Forum
  • New Colorado Water Newsletter Available!
  • Student Spotlight: Alexandra Naegele & Jeremiah Otero Piersante
  • Faculty Spotlight: Mani Rouhi Rad
Tickets Now On Sale for the World Water Day Film Screening of Water and Power: A California Heist
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, beginning at 6:30pm | The Lyric, Fort Collins, CO

In celebration of World Water Day, the Colorado Water Center, in partnership with the Environmental Justice Working Group and the Student Sustainability Center, is hosting a special screening of the award-winning National Geographic documentary Water and Power: A California Heist. Tickets are $15 for regular admission and $10 for students (ID required). All proceeds will benefit Trees, Water & PeopleClick here for tickets.

March 27-29, 2019 | Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The 2019 American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days meeting at CSU provides a unique opportunity to engage with a wide range of water-related interdisciplinary research topics. This year, we turn the spotlight on students across campus to broaden our understanding of the relationships between water and linked systems. A limited quantity of complimentary student registrations are available to any student on a first-come, first-served basis; priority will be given to students presenting at the meeting. Additionally, any faculty or staff covering costs of student registration(s) will receive a discounted professional registration rate of $50. Simply instruct students to include your name under “Faculty /Professional Sponsor” during registration and we will be in touch to make payment arrangements once online registration is closed (March 8, 2019). Early registration closes February 15, 2019, so REGISTER NOW!

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

Is it possible for a working river to be a healthy river? This years Poudre River Forum will give us a chance to puzzle through that question. The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) was formed in 2012 to bring together those who are most concerned about the Poudre as a working river—delivering urban and agricultural economic benefits—and those concerned about the river's health. Building relationships and finding common ground for action has led to this annual Poudre River Forum. Registration includes the full day's program, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing beer/soft drinks celebration with opportunities get to know other Poudre River enthusiasts. A few scholarships and discounted registrations are still available, so REGISTER NOW!

This newsletter provides an introduction to the newly formed Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC) and reports from a few of the current projects underway by members of the IIC. The IIC is a joint initiative between the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and private, public, and university organizations to address growing water scarcity in the western U.S. and the world. The initial university partners are Colorado State University (CSU), Fresno State, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, with CSU serving as the overall financial management and oversight entity. The goal of the Consortium is to serve as a center of excellence in irrigation innovation and technology to enhance energy and water use efficiency in irrigated food systems and amenity landscapes across the globe. This partnership strategically capitalizes on existing strengths to develop powerful synergies between the universities, USDA-ARS, the Irrigation Association, the Irrigation Foundation, and numerous irrigation equipment manufacturers, with opportunities for joint collaborations in demonstrations, technology transfer, tailored workshops, certifications, and student training. We see a bright future for irrigated agriculture and landscapes and are excited by the possibilities innovative technologies will bring to the sector. For more information visit the IIC website.

-Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Center
Call for Abstracts, Proposals & Applications
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. Proposals due by March 1, 2019.

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 Research 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 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 with 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; and Urban Water Systems.

Abstracts due February 7, 2019 | Conference: September 8-11, 2019, San Diego, CA

The WateReuse Association invites abstract submissions for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” We will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation.

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 a few of the upcoming 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 full-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.

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 in 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 due by March 1, 2019

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. 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.

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 | 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 is 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 Colorado 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 will be 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.

Spring 2019 | 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.

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 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 they pertain 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!

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 annual seminar series on water in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin will consist of three 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

2nd Tuesday of each month @ 2pm MST | Next webinar begins February 12, 2019

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 pm (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.
Student Spotlight

For three weeks in November, Alexandra Naegele (pictured top) and Jeremiah Otero Piersante (pictured bottom) joined 14 other graduate students for the National Science Foundation-supported International Research Experience for Students Advanced Study Institute: Field Studies of Convection in Argentina. The program was a student-focused, intensive crash course in atmospheric science field work and research held in conjunction with a $30 million NSF-supported field campaign co-led by CSU faculty. The overall field campaign, RELAMPAGO, wrapped up in December and was the largest land-based atmospheric sciences field study ever conducted outside the United States. RELAMPAGO brought together the expertise of several universities and agencies to discover why thunderstorms in subtropical South America are among the most extreme in the world, regularly producing golf ball or grapefruit-sized hail. To read more about Naegele, Piersante, and the RELAMPAGO field campaign, read The Source article here.
Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Mani is an environmental and resource economist who is currently part of the Ogallala CAP, which is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort funded by USDA-NIFA focused on developing and sharing practical, science-supported information relevant to best management practices for optimizing water use across the Ogallala region. As an economist in this project, he studies the effects of aquifer depletion on agricultural production and local economies. He also studies the effectiveness of existing policies in achieving conservation goals and the design of cost-effective policies to control aquifer depletion. He accomplishes these goals through developing hydro-economic models and by using econometrics. In building the hydro-economic models Mani collaborates with hydrologists, engineers and crop scientists. The results of his work will help inform policymakers and groundwater management districts about potential policy options in managing aquifers. In general, Mani's research interests can be broken down into four main categories: resource management policies, interactions between biophysical and economic system, natural capital, and economic behavior under common pool resource systems.
Legislative Updates
The Colorado Water Institute was created in 1981 and automatically repealed in 2017. The bill recreates the institute. It was introduced into the House and assigned to the Rural Affairs Committee on January 4, referred to the Committee of the Whole with amendments on January 14, passed the second House reading with amendments on January 18, and passed the third House reading with no amendments on January 23. Representative Jeni Arndt and Senator Joann Ginal are the prime sponsors 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, was referred to the Committee of the Whole with amendments on January 14, passed the second House reading with amendments on January 18, and passed the third House reading with no amendments on January 23. Representative Jeni Arndt and Senator Larry Crowder are the prime sponsors of the bill.

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 and was sent to the Committee of the Whole with amendments on January 17. Representative Brianna Titone and Senator Kevin Priola are the prime sponsors of the bill.

Concerning the rights of a water rights easement holder. This bill was introduced into the House and assigned to the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee on January 11. Representatives Marc Catlin and Donald Valdez and Senator Don Coram are the prime sponsors of the bill.
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