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…

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Montana Department of Environmental Quality – Administrator Position

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is looking for a leader with exceptional managerial skills to lead their Water Quality Division.  The division develops integrated water quality plans to protect Montana’s environmental resources.  The division administrator provides leadership and direction for activities of the division and acts as a liaison with other departments, elected officials, state and federal partners, and stakeholders for the purpose of ensuring the division is working…

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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 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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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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