Fall (179th) Meetings of the Western States Water Council

The Fall (179th)  Council Meetings will be held  October 7-10, 2015, Tuesday through Friday.  The events will be held at the Bluemont Hotel  which is located at 1212 Bluemont Ave in Manhattan, Kansas. A pre-meeting workshop on Water Quality / Water Quantity will be held October 7-8.  More details will be forthcoming. To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $83/night, contact reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1-785.473.7091. …

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WSWC/NARF Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims

The Western States Water Council and the Native American Rights Fund will hold their fourteenth Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims on August 25-27, at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.  The Symposium will begin on Tuesday, August 25, at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with an evening reception.  Discussions will continue through the morning of August 26, followed by a review of the Pyramid…

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WSWC Chairman’s Letter for 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 8, 2015 Council Members, Alternates, Associates, Federal Agency Representatives, and Attendees: It is with great pride that I welcome you to the 50th Anniversary Meetings of the Western States Water Council. It is appropriate that we gather on the shores of Lake Tahoe, where this organization found itself back in 1965, with its identity so defined by – what else? – water! Thanks to the wonderful State of Nevada…

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WSWC Summer (178th) Council Meetings & 50th Anniversary Commemoration

The Summer (178th) Council Meetings and 50th Anniversary Commemoration will be held July 8-10, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.  The Hard Rock Hotel is located at 50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449. SPECIAL WSWC 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION:  Guestbook To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $87/night, contact the reservation department toll free number at 1-844-588-7625, and request the group rate for “Western…

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EPA and USACE Finalize Clean Water Rule

You may find the original press release here. “Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy Release Date: 05/27/2015 Contact Information: Robert Daguillard, (202) 564-6618, (202) 360-0476, daguillard.robert@epa.gov Does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions Washington – In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degredation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law…

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NASA’s Commitment to Landsat

“The Landsat series of satellites is a cornerstone of our Earth observing capability. The world relies on Landsat data to detect and measure land cover/land use change, the health of ecosystems, and water availability. The President’s FY2016 request recognizes Landsat’s critical importance and sets out a multi-decadal plan for an Earth-observing architecture that ensures data continuity and reliability” –The Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator National Aeronautics and Space Administration before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations U. S. House of Representatives NASA and the Obama administration have begun a new initiative called the Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) program. Under the umbrella of this program NASA will begin to work on a new Landsat spacecraft, Landsat 9. Landsat 9 will follow the design for Landsat…

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Job Posting: Wyoming State Engineer’s Office – Cheyenne, WY

Natural Resources Analyst – Cheyenne, WY Supports the State Engineer’s Office in management of the groundwater resources of the State of Wyoming, primarily through the processing of water right applications and conducting field inspections of those water rights. See Job Description. To apply, click here.

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Soil Moisture! Launch of SMAP Satellite in January

A very nice video describing the SMAP satellite’s capabilities. Launch of SMAP is scheduled for January 29, 2015. We’ll post the launch video if the satellite makes it into orbit during its launch window. See here for more information on SMAP’s mission.

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WSWC and Comments on the Proposed USFS Directive on Groundwater Resource Management

Please click below for a state-by-state map that contain western states’ section-by-section comments concerning the recently issued U.S. Forest Service Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.

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Google Landsat Timelapse Animations

Please see the animated GIFs below for some great examples of what is possible using the Google Earth Engine platform. Google Earth Engine brings together the world’s satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas.” Google Landsat Earth Engine images were used to create the Global 15m Cloud-free Earth, and are published as the global satellite imagery basemap in Google Earth and Maps, on desktop, web, tablets and phones.  These are viewed by more than a billion…

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