Nebraska Department of Natural Resources – Assistant Director Positions

There are two full-time positions located at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources: 1) An Assistant Director for the Water Planning, Engineering and Technical Services Divisions. The primary duties of this position include: advising and assisting the Director and other assistant directors with establishing and administering department policies, procedures, programs and budget; direct and provide technical oversight for the Water Planning, Engineering and Technical Services Division managers and related division…

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Improved S2S Precipitation Forecasting for Water Management – Recap of 2015/2016 Workshop Series

During 2015 and 2016, the Western States Water Council (WSWC), the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have cosponsored a series of workshops on advancing seasonal prediction of precipitation for the benefit of western water resource management. Currently, the ability to skillfully predict sub-season (beyond a 15-day horizon) to seasonal (the extent of a year) weather is limited. However, improvements in monthly…

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WSWC Fall 2016 (182nd ) Council Meetings

SAVE the DATE  — WSWC Utah Meetings The 182nd Council Meetings will be held on September 28-30, 2016 at the Abbey Inn located at 1129 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah  84770.  Click here for meeting information, hotel accommodations, field trip registration, and additional details as they become available.

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Workshop on Agricultural Weather Station Networks

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a workshop on agricultural weather station networks, to be held in San Diego on August 25-26, 2016. The workshop will begin Thursday, August 25 at 1:00 pm and conclude Friday, August 26 around 12 noon. Agricultural weather station networks are used for providing irrigation scheduling information to growers and municipal landscape managers. Accurate estimates of reference…

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NOAA/WSWC Workshop on Advancing Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting for Western Water Management

The Western States Water Council, California Department of Water Resources and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are holding a workshop on April 29, 2016 in College Park, Maryland.  The purpose of the workshop is to address opportunities for and challenges towards advancing NOAA research and modeling to improve predictive capabilities with respect to sub-seasonal to seasonal precipitation forecasting for western water management. This workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn around 3:30 p.m., and is being held in the Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, located at 5830 University Research Ct, College Park, Maryland.

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Seasonal Forecasting – WSWC Workshops and Materials

The WSWC has long supported efforts to improve seasonal and mid-season forecasting, federal agency data-collection, and application development for more informed water resource management. Here is a collection of reports, workshops, and other materials related to the topic, gathered and distributed by WSWC…. Please click here for materials webpage.

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Cooperative Federalism and State Implementation of EPA Programs

On January 12, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to the Committee members’ 20 states, asking for their perspective on EPA’s current regulatory framework.  The letter noted that “environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act are based on principles of cooperative federalism,” and that “states are responsible for carrying out 96.5% of federal environmental programs.”  In an effort to improve understanding of the dynamics between states and EPA in achieving environmental regulations, the Committee requested feedback from the state agencies regarding the time, effort and resources necessary to comply with EPA programs and regulations, and “whether the current regulatory framework between EPA and the states upholds the principle of cooperative federalism.” Seventeen states responded to…

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WSWC/CDWR Advancing Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting Workshop

The Western States Water Council, California Department of Water Resources and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are holding a workshop on December 15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The purpose of the workshop is to help water resources managers better understand current forecasting capabilities and the state of the science, as well as how to support efforts to improve future seasonal precipitation predictions in the western states.  We hope to develop examples of regionally-specific opportunities for improving forecasts and associated information on economic benefits that could be used for supporting a focused federal research effort. This workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn around 3:00 p.m., and is being held in the Pisa Room at Caesars Palace located at 3670 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. REGISTRATION:  While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. 2015…

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State Comments on Clean Water Act – Proposed Reinterpretation of Tribal Treatment as States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to streamline how tribes apply for treatment as states under the Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality standards program and other CWA regulatory programs.  he proposed reinterpretation of CWA 518 would eliminate the need for applicant tribes to demonstrate inherent authority to regulate under the CWA, allowing eligible tribes to implement their congressional delegation of authority without additional regulatory requirements to demonstrate that authority.  Only 40 of more than 300 federally recognized tribes with reservations have completed the process of obtaining EPA’s approval to be treated in a similar manner to a state.  EPA solicited public comments through October 6, 2015, and stated that it will contact tribal governments, tribal organizations, states, and state and intergovernmental associations to provide opportunities for consultation…

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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 for again hosting this event at such a beautiful venue. With those auspicious beginnings, directed by western governors, our initial work centered around navigating the troubled waters stirred up by plans for massive interstate water transfers. Our organization has since grown into what is now recognized as the pre-eminent water policy advisory body in the western United States. We are…

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