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Fall (176th) Council Meetings

The Fall (176th)  Council Meetings will be held October 8-10, 2014.  The events will be held at the  Talking Stick Resort located at 9800 E Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256.

To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $149/night single or double occupancy, contact reservations by calling 1-866-877-9897Reservations must be made no later than September 7, 2014 to receive the quoted rate.   Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be accepted only based upon availability and at the prevailing rate.
SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTIFICATION:  All Western States Water Council guests will be responsible for room, tax, bellman, housekeeping gratuities, and all incidentals.  Bellman and housekeeping gratuities will automatically be posted to each guest’s individual folio.  These charges are posted separately rather than charging a “resort fee.”

For the schedule of meetings, agenda, and additional details as they become available, please click here.

Remote Sensing Applications Workshop

The Council and NASA have organized a workshop on August 25-27 at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, to exchange information about opportunities and challenges associated with use of remote sensing applications to support water management.  The workshop will begin at 1:00 on Monday the 25th and conclude at noon on Wednesday the 27th.  The event will include a tour on Tuesday afternoon of JPL’s Earth Science Center, Space Flight Operations Facility, and Mars Yard.  The Mars Yard is a simulated Martian landscape used by researchers to test different robotic prototypes, such as the Mars rovers.  (See this website (http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/interactives/photosynth/) for images of the Mars Yard.)

The workshop will provide an opportunity for NASA to brief Council members on current and emerging observations and research activities that may have applicability to Western water, and for Council members to discuss needs for research and continuity of observations with NASA.  For additional details, click here.

Job Posting: Irrigation District General Manager

The Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District is seeking a General Manager to provide effective, sustainable staffing and commissioning of infrastructure systems, and special projects. The General Manager answers to the Board of Directors and is responsible for all operations including, but not limited to forecasting, budgeting, monitoring and reporting.

Applicants must have proven strong customer service ethic with the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships both internally and externally.  For more information, click here.

Western State Water Program Capabilities Assessment Report

The WSWC is excited to release their most recent publication, the “Western State Water Program Capabilities Assessment Survey Report.” The completion of the survey and report is a major step forward for the Water Data Exchange (WaDE) program as it shows similarities and also variations in member states’ water planning activities, such as data gathering, water use reporting, and data management. It discusses challenges ahead for achieving a comprehensive, regional water availability and use picture of the West, and also makes recommendations for how to get there. For a summary of the report’s findings and recommendations, click on the presentation below. To access the report, maps and related workgroup information, click here.


Job Posting: Assistant General Counsel for Oklahoma Water Resources Board

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), Oklahoma’s only state government agency to be awarded The Oklahoman’s 50 “Top Workplaces in Oklahoma,” seeks to fill the position of Assistant General Counsel. This position will provide legal advice and review for the agency, including primarily its Planning and Management Division. For more information, click here: Vacancy Announcement for Assistant General Counsel.

Job Posting: Interstate Stream Commission Director for New Mexico

Job Title: Interstate Stream Commission Director (#6144)
Closing Date/Time: Extended to Friday 5/30/14 5:00 PM
Salary: $45.00 – $55.00 Hourly
$93,600.00- $114,400 Annually
Job Type: Governor Exempt Position (non-classified)
Location: Santa Fe (City), New Mexico
Department: Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (OSE/ISC)

This position is a Governor Exempt position located in Santa Fe in the Interstate Stream Compact Compliance Program (Program) of the Office of the State Engineer (OSE). The Program is comprised of staff to the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC).

The ISC is a nine member commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor; the State Engineer serves as Secretary of the ISC.

For more information, please click here for our job postings page.

WSWC Summer (175th) Council Meetings

The Summer (175th)  Council Meetings will be held July 16-18, 2014, Tuesday through Friday.  The events will be held at the  Holiday Inn Conference Center Downtown which is located at 22 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena, Montana.

A pre-meeting workshop on Federal Non-Indian Water Rights and Needs will be held July 15-16.

To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $88/night, contact reservations by calling 1-406-443-2200Reservations must be made no later than June 24, 2014 to receive the quoted rate.   The hotel may otherwise be sold out that week.  Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be accepted only based upon availability and at the prevailing rate.

For the schedule of meetings, agenda, and additional details as they become available, click here.


Job Posting – Earth Science Specialist I (TWDB)

Job Posting: Earth Science Specialist I for the Texas Water Development Board. TWDB is currently looking to fill a vacant Earth Science Specialist I position in their Water Science & Conservation Division, located in beautiful Austin, TX. More information about the position can be found here: http://lnkd.in/bAPPfD2

WSWC – CDWR Workshop on Hydroclimate Monitoring Systems and Measurement Needs

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a workshop to discuss strategies for supporting and improving key observing systems, to be held in San Diego on June 23-25, 2014.  The workshop will begin Monday, June 23 at 1:00 pm and conclude Wednesday, June 25 by 12 noon.  Topics to be covered include an overview of the funding status of key federal monitoring programs, development of a 21st century observing system for extreme precipitation in the West, emerging opportunities for supplementing ground-based observations with remote sensing, and strategic planning for sustaining long-term observing records.

LOCATION: A block of rooms has been reserved and will be held through June 2, 2014. Please contact the Doubletree San Diego Downtown reservations department directly at ( 619) 239-6800, or central reservations at (800) 222-TREE, and announce the Western States Water Council room block. Reservations must be made by the June 2nd deadline to obtain the rate of $110 single or double occupancy.

For additional details click here.

Press Release

Press Release

March 19, 2014

As the current ongoing drought highlights, in the West water is a critical, vital resource and sound decisionmaking demands sound science and accurate and timely mapping of, and data on, precipitation, temperature and other parameters, including evapotranspiration (ET).  The demands for water and related climate data continue to increase and are used by federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, as well as private entities and individuals to:

  • forecast and follow drought and flood occurrence and assist in disaster response;
  • project future water supplies for agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses;
  • estimate streamflows for hydropower production, recreation, and environmental purposes;
  • facilitate water management and administration of water rights (and related transfers), decrees, interstate compacts, tribal water settlements, and international water treaties; as well as
  • assess the impacts of climate variability and change.

Google and its partners today committed to apply historical plus near real time gridded weather data sets housed on Google Earth Engine’s environmental cloud computing platform to produce state-of-the-art drought monitoring products for all of the continental United States. These products will be produced in near real time and made freely available to the public.

Further, Google, in collaboration with the University of Idaho, Desert Research Institute and University of Nebraska, is committing to produce, on Earth Engine, 30 m resolution maps of ET based on the Landsat thermal-imaging-era archive dating to 1984 for all of the United States and globe. The ET maps will be freely processed by and made freely available to the public for use in field scale monitoring of actual amounts of water consumption by agriculture and natural vegetation.

Google’s commitment is very significant – one petabyte (1000 terabytes) of cloud storage and 50 million CPU hours of high-performance cloud computing on Google Earth Engine’s geospatial analysis platform.

“The Western States Water Council applauds Google’s commitment to this outstanding example of a public private partnership, which will undoubtedly lead to further innovation and applications of science to solve real world water problems,” said WSWC Chairman Phil Ward, Director of the Oregon Department of Water Resources.

Copy of Press Release:  WSWC Press Release (March 19, 2014)

White House announcement:  Climate Data Initiative

Google posted blog on their commitment to help.