WSWC/CDWR Workshop on Improving Long-Range Weather Forecasting

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a recurring workshop on improving the skill of long-range weather forecasts (sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) precipitation forecasting), to support water management decision-making.  The agenda will include lessons learned from recent years’ seasonal outlooks, updates on scientific research on sources of skill and predictability, and programmatic efforts to improve forecasting.  Increasing forecast skill will require a sustained investment…

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims

The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund will cosponsor a Symposium on the settlement of Indian reserved water rights claims on August 8-10, 2017.  The meetings will be held at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana.  A number of topics will be addressed by experts and participants regarding completed and ongoing negotiated settlements.  We expect another excellent conference.  Successful symposia have been held…

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Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Assistant Watermaster)

This full-time position is with the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) located in Pendleton. The OWRD is the state agency charged with administration of the laws governing surface water and groundwater resources.  The Department’s core functions are to protect existing water rights, facilitate voluntary streamflow restoration, increase the understanding of the demands on the state’s water resources, provide accurate and accessible water resource data, and facilitate water supply solutions.  The…

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Upper Colorado River Commission Position of General Counsel

The Upper Colorado River Commission has an immediate opening for the position of General Counsel (GC). The GC reports to the Executive Director of the Commission. This position involves providing legal counsel to the Executive Director and Commissioners regarding activities of the Commission and any challenges to implementation of the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact. This position requires the ability to provide oral or written legal analysis and recommendations to…

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Spring 2017 (183rd) Council Meetings

SAVE the DATE – – The Spring 2017 (183rd) Council Meetings will be held on April 12-14, 2017 at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center Arbor Day Farm located at 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska  68410.  Click here for meeting information, hotel accommodations, field trip registration, and additional details as they become available.

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Washington Department of Ecology – General Permit Writer

The Washington Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program is looking to fill a General Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 5) position.  The position will be located in Lacey, WA. The General Permit Writer position serves as the senior program expert responsible for developing general permits, policies, procedures, regulations and guidance related to wastewater discharges and the effect on the receiving environment.  In addition this position assists with general permit development, management and administration to support beneficial uses of state waters. For further information, including required qualifications and how to apply please click here.

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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 and seasonal forecasting capability have the potential to support a wide variety of water management tasks, and could greatly improve decision-making by water managers by providing notice of weather extremes, such as flooding or above-normal dry conditions. They could also allow for greater operational efficiencies when managing water infrastructure across the West. The workshops’ ultimate goal is to advance the…

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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 evapotranspiration and crop-specific evapotranspiration allow growers and landscape managers to improve water use efficiency by precisely scheduling irrigation to provide only the amount of water needed by plantings. The WSWC will collect information from the workshop for use in preparing a report on the status of existing networks, challenges in maintaining data coverage, data gaps, and opportunities for strengthening collection…

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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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