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…

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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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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…

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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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Job Posting: Adaptive Management Program Administrator – State of Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announces the following position opening. The Adaptive Management Program Administrator oversees the operation of the Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program (AMP), ensures it serves the needs of the Forest Practices Board (Board) and maintains the collaborative, consensus-based framework of the state’s Timber Fish and Wildlife (TFW) Agreement and the 1999 Forests and Fish Report.  This position requires excellent abilities as a manager; the incumbent must be able to develop, justify and manage a large research and monitoring program and budget; develop and oversee interagency agreements and contracts governing complex scientific projects; develop and review monitoring and research plans; adjust deliverables in response to changing needs for scientific information; and facilitate timely completion of multiple ongoing scientific projects.  For the recruitment announcement, click here. …

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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…

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