Water Resources

Water Resources
phone: (208) 885-2018
office: Morrill Hall, Room 216

875 Perimeter Drive MS 3002
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3002

WR & PSM News

Myrvold and Lute Win 2014 Avista-WoW Scholarships
Knut Marius Myrvold, a doctoral student, and Abigail Lute, a master’s student, have each been awarded $2,500 from Avista in support of their research. Myrvold is researching how water demands in small streams of the Lapwai basin affect the Clearwater population of Snake River steelhead. He is looking at how factors such as temperature, densities, and water withdrawals impact conditions for juvenile fish. Lute is researching heavy snowfall events in montane environments across the western United States as they pertain to variability of snowpack storage. This includes modeling changes for extreme snowfall events and the rain-snow transition, which will help hydropower companies like Avista adapt to a changing climate.
Water Resources Program Awarded NSF IGERT Grant
WR has been awarded a $3.1 million grant (Jan Boll, PI) from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program to facilitate interdisciplinary water education and research. The grant will support 24 doctoral students over the course of five years, engaging them in interdisciplinary training that addresses both the social and scientific complexities of water resource issues. IGERT students will work with universities in Idaho, Canada and Chile on integrated research related to the Columbia River system’s headwaters, which include the Snake, Clearwater, Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, Salmon and Kootenai Rivers.
NOAA Grant Will Bring Marine Science Education Inland
Mary Engels, Ph.D. student in Water Resources, has been awarded an education grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For her project, titled “Pacific Marine National Monuments: Dynamic systems for educating the next generation of stewards,” Engels will develop curricula for grades 7-12 focused on the valuable marine resources that comprise the Pacific Marine National Monuments. She will work with a colleague, Laura Nelson, from the University of Washington to design lessons that can be taught individually or used in a sequence to form a complete unit. Engels hopes that bringing marine science education inland will help familiarize current students with the MNM and, in the longer term, build public support for NOAA’s critical management, preservation, and educational mandates.
WR Student Receives Hydro Fellowship
In May, Heidi Smith, Ph.D. student in Water Resources, received a Hydro Fellowship from The Hydro Research Foundation. Heidi's project will improve on predictions of when sediment begins to move in rivers. Currently, there are large errors in these predictions, and improving them will aid in our ability to predict sediment loads more accurately and restore rivers more effectively. HRF facilitates research that advances knowledge about hydropower.
WR Student Wins Fellowship for Tropical Research
Kristen Unwala, a Water Resources PhD student in the IGERT Program, has been awarded a U.S. Borlaug graduate research fellowship grant of $20,000 from the Purdue University Center for Global Food Security, a program funded by USAID. Unwala will spend approximately one year in Costa Rica studying the effects of climate and agricultural practices on water availability and water pollution in a tropical catchment.
EnvS-WR Hosts Movie Night Focused on Water Issues
The Water Resources Program and the UI Sustainability Center have teamed up to bring the movie “Watershed” to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center on February 5th. A Production of the Redford Center and Kontent Films, “Watershed” documents the challenges facing the Colorado River in light of climate change and a growing population, and offers hopeful solutions for water management in the American West.
Avista-Waters of the West 2013 Scholarship Winners
Two Water Resources graduate students have been selected for the 2013 Avista-Waters of the West Scholarship. $3,000 will be awarded to Ricardo Sanchez-Murillo, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Jan Boll. He is researching the effects of human and natural influences on the low flow regimes of streams and rivers in 26 watersheds in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This research has implications for the availability of water for hydropower generation, irrigation, habitat and aquatic biota, and as drinking water. Also, $2,000 will be awarded to Jon Treasure, an M.S. student working with Dr. Erin Brooks. Treasure’s research aims to improve late summer juvenile steelhead rearing habitat in the Potlatch River Basin through reservoir management. This has included investigating the use of Big Meadow Creek Reservoir to augment the west fork of Little Bear Creek during late summer. Congratulations to both students!