February 19, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Can Gov. Jerry Brown declare an end to the California drought? Did he ever announce the beginning of the drought? Read here for the answers.
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“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” - Jonathan Swift
February 12, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Big Data, right? It’s the latest and if you’re not on board, you’re a Neanderthal or worse. Here is one person’s (from Fei Dong’s LinkedIn page) ‘vision’ of the Big Data Landscape in 2016 [click on the graphic to enlarge it]:
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“Big data is like teenage sex: everybody talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” - Dan Ariely
February 5, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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The discussion moved into the theater’s bar and so on it went. Pictured (L to R) in the above photo are Dina Schur, Rule of Capture proponent and farmer J. O. Dawdy, filmmaker Merri Lisa Trigilio, and producer Bobbie Baird.
I’ll report on this and my review of the film soon, before the material I captured dissipates.
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“What are we really talking about here. We’re not talking abut conserving water, we’re talking about controlling water. That’s the deal.” - J.O. Dawdy, farmer, Plainview, TX
HIGHLIGHTS – JAWRA FEBRUARY 2016
[access full table of contents here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jawr.2016.52.issue-1/issuetoc ]
Tavakoly et al. present a framework for integrating a regional GIS-based nitrogen dataset and a GIS-based river routing model to simulate steady-state riverine total nitrogen (TN) transport in river networks containing thousands of reaches. They applied the approach to examine TN export in urbanized and rural Texas drainage basins.
Barik et al. evaluated a remotely-sensed and two ground-based potential evapotranspiration products for hydrologic application in the Upper Colorado River Basin.
Hill et al. developed an extensive, publically available database of landscape metrics for ~2.65 million streams segments, and their associated catchments, within the conterminous USA. These data greatly reduce the specialized geospatial expertise needed by researchers and managers to acquire landscape information for near stream catchments (i.e., the nearby landscape flowing directly to streams) and full upstream watersheds of specific stream reaches.
Ganguli and Ganguly examined the robustness of a suite of regional climate models (RCMs) in simulating meteorological droughts and associated metrics in present-day climate (1971–2003) over the conterminous United States (US). The RCMs that are part of North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP) simulations were compared with multiple observations over the climatologically homogeneous regions of the US.
Pandey et al. developed a sub-model for the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to predict E. coli levels in stream bed sediment and the water column.
Castro et al. performed a sociocultural preference assessment for a suite of ecosystem services provided by the Kiamichi River watershed in the south-central U.S., a region with intense water conflict. The goal was to examine how a social assessment of services could be used to weigh trade-offs among water resource uses for future watershed management and planning.
Asarian and Walker used nonparametric tests to assess long-term (1953–2012) trends in streamflow and precipitation in Northern California and Southern Oregon at a range of regulated (by dams) and unregulated streams.
January 29, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Signs of the recent snowstorm are quite evident although it is not as bad as I thought. This picture is from the town of Middleburg, VA, about 20 miles west of Dulles. It was taken on 27 January – three days after the storm. Still almost two feet of snow, plus berms blocking the sidewalks. These berms have now been moved out of the way as of today, hauled away by trucks.
The following is a little bit of humor from the Shit Academics Say Twitter.
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“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” - Tom Lehrer
January 22, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Since many of you read this weekly post for the jobs, I thought I would feature some sites you might find useful.
Rest in peace, Glenn Frey - see today’s quote. Already gone, much too early!
Stay dry and safe in DC and environs this weekend. Big snow en route!
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January 15, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Funny. I am finally getting around (after six years on my shelf!) to reading William Ashworth’s
Ogallala Blue when a Texas friend calls and asks if I would like to visit his institution to speak on the general topic of ‘Water Lessons for Texas’. Too good to pass up! I am already scheduled to speak to groups in Lubbock (4 February) and San Antonio (8 April) so I’ll just add a late March visit to the the Lone Star State to make it three consecutive months.
Anyone for May?
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“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.” - Davy Crockett
January 2016 President’s Column, Water Resources IMPACT
At the risk of using a cliché one too many times, this upcoming year is a watershed moment for me. For many years I have worked with AWRA on a national, state, and regional level, first as a student and then professionally. I have seen several sides of the organization, formed multiple valuable relationships and received countless benefits through my different roles. It is now that I realize how much both AWRA and I have evolved during our relationship. When I initiated my AWRA membership almost 15 years ago I did not realize the importance AWRA would play in my professional and personal development. The benefits and opportunities that have come from my association with AWRA are numerous. In May 2014 I wrote then-president Mark Dunning my letter to accept the position as president-elect. At that time I felt much anticipation and excitement over the opportunity to serve in this role. As I sit today and write my first “President’s Message” I feel this same excitement for what lies ahead in the coming year.
Since I am the new president of AWRA, I think you should know a bit about my background. I happened into the field of water resources after graduating from Lehigh University with a BS in Biology. I wasn’t quite sure who or what I wanted to be when I grew up. Through the kindness of the City of Wilmington, Delaware’s public works director, who was willing to hire a recent graduate with little or no knowledge of water resources, I quickly learned the value, necessity, and complexity. I realized it was a field I wanted to pursue.
I then pursued my MPA degree from the University of Delaware where I specialized in watershed management. My academic advisor at the time—an instrumental mentor and my current director and a dedicated AWRA member—was the first to make me aware of this great organization and the benefits and opportunities that result from membership. Throughout my career my AWRA membership has served as a solid resource and community as I pursued positions with federal, nonprofit, and private organizations in Maryland, Florida, and Delaware. In my current position, Policy Scientist at the University of Delaware Water Resources Center, I am responsible for providing regional watershed technical, policy, and research support to state and local governments; University staff and faculty; and nonprofit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region. Through it all AWRA has continued to be my mainstay.
During my tenure I hope to build on the momentum of past presidents and strengthen AWRA. Overall, I feel it is important to address the most pressing water resource issues and to continue AWRA’s strong reputation as a multi-disciplinary water resources association that is well-respected and inclusive of students and professionals. More specifically, I believe it is critical for AWRA to be an organization that is attractive to all levels of professionals in the water resources field, cutting across generations as well as disciplines. It is important for AWRA to continue the practices that have been successful while also being flexible in the way we provide information, present our science, and network with each other. In order to continue to be the preeminent association for young and established water resource professionals, it is critical to establish new and innovative ways to reach our existing and potential members. Finally, it is one of my biggest goals to bring greater recognition to and form a stronger connection with the 23 state and local sections. The individuals that make up these groups are experts in the field, connected in their communities, and valuable assets to our association. I would like to see this relationship strengthened.
AWRA has an incredible membership, board of directors, and staff who work tirelessly to meet the mission of the organization and bring the most important water resource issues to the fore. I believe that working collaboratively with these individuals and making decisions as a whole for the good of the association is critical. I will work in partnership with these groups so that we can collectively steer the association in the direction we believe is best for our membership and the future of the association.
Before signing off, I would be remiss if I did not thank the immediate past presidents John Tracy and Mark Dunning for their leadership over the past two years. John and Mark have used their experience and dedication to AWRA to implement numerous initiatives that have enhanced AWRA and its role in the water resources community. I would also like to thank those presidents I have had the pleasure to serve with over my tenure on the Board of Directors. So many of you have had a positive and direct impact on shaping AWRA and making it the amazing organization that it is. I feel honored that I can call so many of you not only colleagues but friends and I thank you for the example you have set and the actions you have taken to make this organization great! It is my goal to advance your efforts and make my own valuable contributions to AWRA.
January 8, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Jobs are rolling in now after the holiday hiatus. Be sure to check out Josh Newton’s water jobs under ‘Positions Open’. Since I posted it several days ago, I have added about 30 additional jobs. There are now over 70 listed.
This photo of a Colorado twister, titled ‘Dirt’, won the National Geographic’s 2015 photo contest.
It’s baaaaaack! Todd Jarvis’ Rainbow Coalition blog: ‘Resurrection’.
Good luck, and enjoy!
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“The history of [groundwater law] is as thrilling as ignorance, inertia, and timidity could have made it.” — Mark N. Goodman (thanks to Bill and Rosemarie Alley)
January 8, 2016 | Posted by cmccrehin
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Rafael Frias III, client director for water business at Black and Veatch, was recently voted AWRA president-elect and began serving his term on January 1, 2016. He will become president of AWRA on January 1, 2017.
January 1, 2016, also saw AWRA member Martha Narvaez, a policy scientist in the Water Resources Agency of the Institute for Public Administration at University of Delaware, begin her tenure as president of the organization. She replaced John C. Tracy, director of Texas Water Resources Institute, who became immediate past president. Newly elected National Board of Director’s members Betsy Cody, Congressional Research Service and Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants, also assumed their seats on that day.
Frias has been an active member and a strong advocate of AWRA since shortly after joining Black & Veatch in 1999. In 2006, he received AWRA’s A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Young Professional Award. After receiving the news of his election, Frias agreed to take a few moments to tell AWRA members a bit about the goals he has for his tenure as an AWRA officer.
How does it feel to be elected president-elect of AWRA? It’s truly an honor and I’m actually very humble in having the trust of the organization and its great members to lead the organization in the near future. I was introduced to AWRA by a mentor of mine and past president, Bob Moresi, over 10 years ago. At that time he was president of AWRA and from that moment, I always wondered what it could be like to lead this great organization.
What are the issues or goals that you plan to address during your year as AWRA President? During my 3-year term as a member of the AWRA Board of Directors, we have undertaken strategic steps toward increasing the value AWRA provides its members. During my presidency, I will further the work of my predecessors, as well as the work of our current president, Martha Narvaez, to achieve our strategic goals and maximize the value to our members. I will also focus on increasing the level of thought leadership provided by AWRA in the water resources field, as well as the water resources science value that AWRA provides its members.
What will you do over the next year to ensure your goals can be achieved? I will work closely with our current president, Martha Narvaez, in support of her presidency and goals. Martha is a proven professional with great energy and I will work to support her strategic goals and build the foundation for my term in 2017.
Where would you like to see AWRA once you finish your term as president? I would like for AWRA to have the momentum it needs to achieve the continued success we as members and leaders desire for the organization. Success could be measured by continuing to be fiscally sound with a bullish perspective on the value provided to our members, resulting on continued membership growth.
Frias can be reached through the AWRA National Office at email@example.com.