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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Assistant Director – Utah Division of Water Resources

UTAH DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES Assistant Director (Engineering Manager II) This is a full-time, schedule B (career service) position. Benefits: Yes Location: Salt Lake City, UT  Requisition #: 09542 Replacing: Bill Leeflang who is retiring Closing Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.   ***THIS IS A PUBLIC RECRUITMENT***   To view and/or apply for this position, go to http://statejobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/, click on Job Search, then Job Listings.   If you have any…

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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 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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Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist/Supervisory Physical Scientist Job Position

The Forest Service (FS) in Washington, DC is advertising a super GS-14/15 opportunity to lead the National Forest System Water and Aquatics Team.  The position resides in the Water, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants and is critical to advancing the agency’s work with States, partners, watershed restoration, and R&D with respect to sustaining water and aquatic resources. The FS is looking for a committed and highly talented professional to develop and implement policy and procedures.  They are also looking for outstanding communication and coordination skills and experience. The DC metropolitan area has some of the best schools in the country and offers an abundance of dual career opportunities, plus opportunities for learning about our country’s history, experiencing diverse music and cultures, and visiting many beautiful places. For further information, including…

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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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North Dakota State Water Commission – State Engineer Position

The State Engineer is the chief administrative and executive officer of the North Dakota State Water Commission, serving as its chief engineer and secretary. The State Engineer serves at the pleasure of the State Water Commission, which has the authority to investigate, plan, construct, and develop water-related projects within the state of North Dakota. The State Engineer is responsible for various regulatory functions and responsibilities in accordance with NDCC 61-03, including the development and implementation of water policies and programs, the allocation of the state’s waters, dam safety, sovereign land management, and drainage. The position is also responsible for the administration of all State Water Commission activities, under state law, administrative rules, and governance policies adopted by the State Water Commission, which includes human resources management for all employees, information…

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