WSWC Fall Council Meeting Recap, Deadwood, SD

For stills of the photos above and access to the Fall Council Meeting information, including presentations, click here. Tony’s email following the meeting: “We hope by now everyone has arrived home safely!  Having shortened our meetings to allow for an early departure on Thursday, I am aware that many were able to drive or catch early flights out that day. Several of us stayed in Rapid City to await Friday…

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EPA/Corps Clean Water Act Rulemaking

On September 17, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdrew their proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) guidance.  At the same time, the agencies announced that they have submitted a draft rule to clarify CWA jurisdiction to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. After the review, the agencies will publish the draft rule for comment. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water…

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What It’s Like to Be the New Landsat Earth-Observing Satellite

Wired magazine looks at a swath of coverage from the new Landsat imagery!

NOAA Congressional Briefing Materials

We are debuting several new items highlighting programmatic data and monitoring needs in the West, as well as some of  the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) water programs that are valuable to western water management. Please enjoy! Data and Monitoring Needs for Western Water Management – 5MB NOAA Programs and Western Water Management – 1.7 MB NOAA, Drought and the NIDIS Program – 1.4 MB NOAA’s ESA and Fisheries Programs…

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Video of the LDCM Launch – February 11, 2013 – 10:02am PST

Landsat, LDCM, TIRS and WSWC!!

On February 11, 2013 NASA will launch its Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The Western States Water Council’s efforts over nearly a decade helped to ensure federal funding for a thermal infrared sensor/TIRS imager to be included in the LDCM. The Landsat earth observation series of satellite has been orbiting the Earth since the 1970s and has included a TIRS instrument since 1982. The Council has worked hard to achieve bipartisan support in Congress for ensuring the TIRS funding after NASA had cut it from its budget early on. Western states are using TIRS data to measure and monitor the energy balance flux observed through evapotranspiration from vegetation and can accurately calculate consumptive water use from irrigated farm fields from space! This ability,…

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WSWC Newsletter – January 25, 2013 – Issue #2019

If you are a newsletter subscriber, please click here for the latest newsletter from WSWC. (A password is required. Please contact Julie at jgroat (at) wswc.utah.gov to begin your subscription.) This edition discusses a recent BLM decision to revise its draft rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, House committee assignments for the 113th Congress, the introduction of a measure (S. 10) that mirrors the five-year Farm Bill (S. 3240) the Senate passed in the 112th Congress, and changes to Wyoming’s WSWC membership. Enjoy!

WSWC Newsletter – January 18, 2013 – Issue #2018

If you are a newsletter subscriber, please click here for the latest newsletter from WSWC. (A password is required. Please contact Julie at jgroat (at) wswc.utah.gov to begin your subscription.) This edition discusses Utah Governor and WGA Chairman Gary Herbert’s Energy Development Summit, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s decision to continue in his current post during President Obama’s second term, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s decision to leave his post, a new Climate Change and Water Working Group report, new legislation (H.R. 267) to facilitate small hydropower development, and RISA funding. Enjoy!    

WSWC Newsletter – January 4, 2013 – Issue #2016

If you are a newsletter subscriber, please click here for the latest newsletter from WSWC. (A password is required. Please contact Julie at jgroat (at) wswc.utah.gov to begin your subscription.) The latest newsletter discusses the winter 2013 Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook from the WGA and NOAA, possible EPA Clean Water Act rulemaking, the decommissioning of Landsat 5, House leadership selections, and a new bill (H.R. 6060) to reauthorize the Upper Colorado and San Juan Rivers Endangered Fish Recovery Programs. Enjoy!      

WSWC Newsletter – Dec. 28, 2012 – Issue#2015

If you are a newsletter subscriber, please click here for the latest newsletter from WSWC. (A password is required. Please contact Julie at jgroat (at) wswc.utah.gov to begin your subscription.) The latest WSWC missive reflects on the tenure of outgoing EPA director Lisa Jackson, the release of an EPA progress report on hydraulic fracturing, OPM human resources guidance on the ‘fiscal cliff’ and the late publication of the Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan. It also provides an update on the Farm Bill reauthorization. Enjoy!