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Congratulations to our Director, Jay Lund, For Being Elected to the National Academy of Engineering!

Original Story was posted on UC Davis News

Gary S. May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, and Jay Lund, distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the university’s Center for Watershed Sciences, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the academy announced today (Feb. 7).

UC Water Academy 2018 is Accepting Applications - Deadline Feb 9

The UC Water Academy is a spring/summer intensive course about California’s most precious resource.

This class is a unique opportunity to learn about CA water from a variety of faculty across the larger UC system, as well as a chance for students to meet and interact with other UC students working on water-related issues at different campuses.  Lectures and discussions take place online during spring semester (2nd half winter quarter and spring quarter), and the field excursion takes place following the end of spring quarter.   

Internship Opportunity: Contra Costa Water District

Contra Costa Water District is looking for interns again this summer.  The Contra Costa Water District is based in Concord and provides drinking water to central and eastern Contra Costa County. Three departments are recruiting: water resources (my group), planning and operations. The water resources group typically seeks graduate students with some modeling experience but we have also hired exceptional undergrads too. All of the information for applicants can be found here:

Environmental Flows Winter Policy Seminar - Open to All and available for credit

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hosting a weekly series of public speakers on the Science and Policy of Environmental Flows in California winter, beginning Jan. 17. 

The California Water Policy Seminar Series is on Wednesdays, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm, at 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis. 

The series is open to the public and available for credit. [Graduates: 1 unit as HYD 298 (CRN 58954)]

Applications Open! Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management (EPM)

Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management (EPM) program at UC Davis. The priority application deadline is January 15, 2018. The EPM program, housed within the John Muir Institute of the Environment, provides advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. The program leverages the position of UC Davis as among the world’s strongest campuses in environmental research and science.

UC Davis Watershed Scientists Support Social Justice in Ecuador

A coalition of Dulcepamba residents and their supporters contacted researchers from the Center for Watershed Sciences (CWS) at the University of California, Davis and asked them to complete a forensic analysis of the March 2015 flood and model the hydrology of the watershed. The UC Davis researchers developed (1) a hydrologic model of Dulcepamba basin; and (2) a hydraulic model to assess hydraulic and geomorphic processes associated with the March 2015 flood.

Read the UC Davis news story here.

Save the Date! UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference April 27-28

Every year hundreds of undergraduate students at UC Davis share their original work with their professors, peers, community, and families at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference. For 29 years, our students have compiled the new knowledge they have acquired—with faculty mentorship—into short presentations, dynamic posters, and rich objects that they then share with others. We have one of the largest of these forums in the country.

Species in the Spotlight: Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

The Sacramento River Winter-Run salmon is one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. The study showed salmon used these habitats. In total, the researchers found evidence that the winter-run juvenile salmon were using some combination of Battle, Deer, Mill and Antelope creeks in the northern Central Valley, as well as the Feather and American rivers further south, and the Delta at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers."

Job Opportunity: Water Resource Control Engineer Position (deadline to apply 11/14/17)

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board)’s Division of Water Rights has an opening for one Water Resource Control Engineer position in the Public Trust Unit of the Bay-Delta Section. Public Trust Unit staff develop, evaluate, and implement flow, water quality and related requirements in the Bay-Delta and its tributaries, and related plans, policies, and regulations.

Final Filing Date: 11/14/17

Friday Oct 27: Let the Conversation Flow at the River Forum

Join us on Friday October 27 at 2pm in the CWS Conference Room for the first River Forum Discussion about Instream Flows: New Tools to Quantify Water Quality Conditions for Reutrning Adult Chinook Salmon with Ann Willis.

The discussion will focus on instream flows from a planning and management perspective, and what it takes to go from identifying a need for instream flows to actually putting "wet" water in the stream. 

RSVP and download the paper here. 


Hydrologist/Operations Analyst Position - Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

"Hetch Hetchy Water and Power (HHWP) is recruiting applicants for a 5148 Water Operations Analyst – which has a working title of Hydrologist. We anticipate to fill two positions from this posting. HHWP operates 3 reservoirs in the Sierra’s along with 3 powerhouses. HHWP operates as part of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System (HHRWS) – supplying about 85% of the HHRWS’ water to ~2.7 million customers in the Bay Area.

Congrats to Dr. Josue Medellin-Azuara! The 2017 Steyer-Taylor Fellow at PPIC

Congraluations Dr. Josué Medellín-Azuara on becoming the 2017 Steyer-Taylor Fellow. This is the second year of a three-year fellowship―supported with funding from the TomKat Foundation, established by Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor―to explore solutions to some of California’s toughest groundwater policy challenges.

State of the Salmonids: Status of California's Emblematic Fishes 2017 - Scientific Report Released

The University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and California Trout have officially released the State of the Salmonids scientific report.  State of the Salmonids: Status of California’s Emblematic Fishes 2017, dives deeply into the status and trends facing all salmonids in California.  The scientific report accompanies SOS II: Fish in Hot Water, a summary of the scientific report, which was released earlier t

Oct 17-19, Riparian Summit: Confluence to Influence - Call for Papers

The Riparian Summit: Confluence to Influence will be held October 17-19, 2017 at the University of California, Davis. The 3-day summit will bring together a wide range of people interested in riparian landscapes, including restoration practitioners, land managers, policymakers, private landowners, artists, and scientists, to share knowledge and strategies for managing, protecting, and restoring California’s riparian ecosystems.

3 Brown Bag Seminars Discussing Flow Targets and Ecology

The Delta Science Program, CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program will jointly host: Three Brown Bag Seminars Discussing Flow Targets and Ecology.

Seminar 1: Functional-Flows and Flow Targets - Sarah Yarnell, Ph.D.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Noon -1pm Park Tower Plaza - 2nd Floor Conference Center - 980 Ninth Street - Sacramento, CA 95814

May 25 - California and Israel to co-host forum on Water and Agriculture Policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a joint forum on shared issues related to water and agriculture. The forum will bring together Israeli and Californian government officials and researchers to address water/agriculture related issues while also exploring opportunities for future innovation.
The forum will be held on May 25, 2017 in Sacramento, registration and agenda are available here.

State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water

Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to California. State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water offers concerning data about the declining health of these fish populations and opportunities for stabilizing and even recovering many species.

May 12 Capitol Speaker Series: California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program

Join Professor Nicholas Pinter from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kathleen Schaeffer a FEMA Engineer Emritus, and Dr. Rui Hui of the Center for Watershed Sciences for a discussion about California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program as they examine the question: could a state flood insurance program be right for California?

When: May 12th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where: California State Capitol Room 126