Oregon Water Resources Department Position Openings

Posted:  Jan 8, 2016 The Water Resources Department is  recruiting to fill a Professional Engineer 1 position located in Salem. This is an external recruitment.  Click on the link for the job description and application information. Professional Engineer 1 (Water Resource Engineer)   Posted:  Dec 7, 2015 The Water Resources Department is looking for qualified candidates to fill out its new interdisciplinary Water Resources Development Program (WRDP) Team, which seeks…

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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…

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WSWC Spring (180th) Council Meetings and Washington, D.C. Roundtable

SAVE the DATE – – The WSWC Spring (180th) Council Meetings and Washington, D.C. Roundtable will be held on March 21-24, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Washington located at 1000 H Street NW in Washington, DC 20001. Click on the link for a meeting schedule outline, registration, hotel accommodations, and additional details.

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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…

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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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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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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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