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18th Annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) National Student Design Competition Focusing on the P3 Phase I Request for Applications (RFA) and Informational Webinar


Open/Close Dates: November 13, 2020 – February 9, 2021

Informational Webinar:

EPA announces the release of the 18th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on P3 – Phase I Request for Applications (RFA). This collegiate design competition promotes the use of scientific and engineering principles to create innovative projects to address environmental challenges and develop real-world solutions. EPA is seeking applications in the research areas of Air Quality, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, Sustainable and Healthy Communities, and Chemical Safety. Innovative research can take the form of wholly new applications or applications that build on existing knowledge and approaches for new uses. Projects must embody the P3 approach, combining intention and capability to improve the quality of people’s lives, provide economic benefits, and protect the environment.

Informational Webinar Meeting Information
Join us for an informational webinar on the P3 RFA. Learn about EPA’s P3 program, topics in this year’s funding opportunity, and how to apply. EPA P3 program experts will be available to answer questions during a question & answer (Q&A) session following the presentation. A copy of the webinar presentation will be available at for those unable to participate in the scheduled webinar.

Webinar Objectives:
• Learn about the P3 Program
• Review topics of open 2020-2021 P3 Phase I RFA
• Learn how to apply for a P3 grant
• Share frequently asked questions

For general information on how to apply, visit

To join the 2020- 2021 P3 Informational Webinar:

Lower Columbia River, Estuary: “One River, Ethics Matter” 7th Annual Conference

December 9-10, 2020

7th annual conference on ethics and the past and future of the Columbia River

River of Time:  From Canoes to Freighters to 2160 and the 7th Generation

Tribal host:  Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Academic host:  Washington State University – Collective for Social and Environmental Justice, Native American Affairs

Sign up for free here: Registration

Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC)

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) is excited to welcome our 2020-2021 Research Fellows at Washington State University as they kick off their Fellowship activities this fall:

Michelle Audie

Michelle Audie‘s NW CASC research will focus on Decline of the Western Red Cedar: Using Tree Rings to Understand Mortality Patterns and Identify Drought-Resilient Populations Under Climate Change. Michelle’s project investigates the stress and decline of western red cedar throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her study combines field-based data collection, tree ring measurements, statistical analyses and computer-modeling to understand the site characteristics that sustain or degrade western red cedar growth and resilience to drought and other climate stressors.

Kelsey King

Kelsey King‘s NW CASC research will explore Climate Impacts on Nectar Resources of the Endangered Fender’s Blue Butterfly. Kelsey’s project will evaluate the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly’s nectar resources for the near future based on the estimated climate-related timing changes of the butterflies and nectar plants. Kelsey will create a nectar calculator that allows managers to evaluate patches of Fender’s blue habitat to ensure the butterflies have proper nectar resources.

The NW CASC Research Fellowship Program enables graduate students and postdocs from a variety of scientific backgrounds to conduct actionable climate adaptation science in collaboration with regional natural resource managers and decision-makers, while receiving training in the principles of actionable science. Fellows represent NW CASC’s consortium universities across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. We are thrilled to have these new Fellows on our NW CASC team, helping advance our mission to deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land and people adapt to a changing climate. Learn more about the NW CASC’s science, tools, opportunities and events by signing up for the NW CASC Connections newsletter.


Call for Abstracts: 11th Northwest Climate Conference

Abstracts are due Friday, November 27

The 11th Northwest Climate Conference will take place online on April 6-8, 2021.

Special Sessions Abstract Submission

Oral Presentation Abstract Submission

Poster Abstract Submission

The Program Committee welcomes submissions on a range of themes and topics related to climate science, impacts, adaptation and management decisions. We welcome presentations on work that links science, decision makers and communities.

The Northwest Climate Conference (NWCC) is committed to building equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice and supporting equitable climate adaptation outcomes. Abstracts related to these topics are strongly encouraged. If you know of organizations involved in this work, please share the call for abstracts with those organizations.

In addition to soliciting presentations that specifically address climate justice and equitable climate outcomes, all submitting authors are asked to consider how their work connects to issues of diversity and equity, and how the conference can better support equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice.

The Program Committee will group abstracts primarily by theme and secondarily by topic. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health and resiliency planning. Topics of broad interest that are approachable for a wide audience are strongly encouraged. Visit the Northwest Climate Conference website for more information about themes and topics.

The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate-resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities and decision makers to share knowledge, ideas and best practices related to climate change science, impacts and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest.


FY 2021 WRC Small Grant Program Call for Proposals

The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) is soliciting research proposals for submission under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act. The objectives of this program are to sponsor research that fosters

  1. Climate change effects on water supply, demand, and quality.
  2. Analysis of policy and law relating to water resource management.
  3. Fate and transport of nutrients and emerging contaminants in the environment.
  4. Remote sensing of hydrologic systems and/or water use.
  5. Applied science and solutions for addressing groundwater decline.
  6. Surface-groundwater interactions and conjunctive use management.

The deadline for proposals is November 22,2020.

Visit the WRC website for More Information

Brown Bag Webinar: Water for Nature: University of Arizona Resources Research Center

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Location: Webinar Only

Speaker: Kristen Wolfe, Coordinator, Sustainable Water Network

Kristen Wolfe will be presenting Water for Nature, a talk focusing on environmental water, the forgotten/ignored stakeholder in water policy, management, and law. Leaving water for nature out of water laws and management has had dire consequences for our rivers, streams, and springs. Climate change and unsustainable growth are accelerating river depletion. It is time to find ways to allow for water for nature. Human uses depend on healthy, flowing rivers.

Register for the Webinar

1-day, virtual Google Earth Engine workshop

There is a 1-day, virtual Google Earth Engine workshop that will run Thursday 08 October 09:00-16:00 PST. Registration is free and will be capped at 15 participants. Please follow this link to register (

The workshop will be given by Xiao Yang from the University of North Carolina. (

While the current material for the workshop is still under construction, the workshop will broadly pertain to the key commands, tools, and functions of Google Earth Engine. While the workshop will cover syntax and fundamentals of the Google Earth Engine framework, the workshop will also include case studies, so as to demonstrate applications of how others are using Google Earth Engine for their research.

For those who may be curious but less familiar, Google Earth Engine is a cloud based platform that enables global scale analysis of geospatial and remote sensing data. Unlike other geospatial applications (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, DIVAGIS), Google Earth Engine leverages the computing power of Google servers to efficiently scale analysis across large regions and over decades.

No experience with Google Earth Engine is necessary to partake in the workshop, although it will be assumed that participants are at least familiar with a coding language.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to reach out to Michael Meyer ( or Julie Padowski ( directly.

Call for abstracts to the session titled “Using Big Data to Answer National- and Regional-Scale Questions”

as part of the 12th National Monitoring Conference (NMC) the week of April 19, 2021.

12th National Monitoring Conference (NMC) the week of April 19, 2021.

National and regional scale water-quality studies require collecting and processing large amounts of data. Such studies also often require combining data from multiple organizations. Making “big data” understandable and usable presents many challenges. How these challenges are managed is an important part of the scientific process and the insights gained during this process are worth sharing with other researchers. Importantly, these large datasets allow for the exploration and identification of water quality conditions and changes across large areas ranging from regional watersheds to the entire US. This session focuses on the tools, techniques, and insights gained from these large-scale efforts.

The NMC will be held in Providence, Rhode Island or virtually, if necessary. More information about the NMC can be found on the conference website. Abstracts are due on September 24th. Be sure to indicate our session: “S17: Using Big Data to Answer National- and Regional-Scale Water Quality Questions” when submitting.


Please contact Jenny Murphy ( or Victor Roland ( with any questions and we look forward to hearing more about your work.

Research Week will be held October 12-16

Several sessions this year will focus on seed grant competitions to support individual and team research development. All competitions require written applications (Phase 1). Applicants selected to move on to Phase 2 will give an oral presentation of their ideas at their respective sessions during Research Week. After the presentations, a panel of judges will select the winners. In addition of being notified of the results that day, the winners will also be officially recognized during the awards ceremony on October 16.

Competitions include:

Multidisciplinary Planning Grant – An opportunity to win $50,000 plus a two-semester doctoral-level research assistant to develop an extramural center-type grant proposal, sponsored by the Office of Research and the Graduate School. Written applications are due September 15, 2020.

RA and $10K Seed Grant – An opportunity for $10,000 and a doctoral-level research assistant for one-semester for Spring 2021, sponsored by the Office of Research and the Graduate School. Applications are due September 15, 2020.

Travel Grant – A competition sponsored by the Innovation and Research Engagement Office. Applications are due September 15, 2020.

For more information and tentative schedule of events, please visit the Research Week website. All faculty are invited to participate. For questions, contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at or 509-335-7266.

R Working Group Starts 02 September at 12:10 pm PST

Another exciting season of R working group!

 We will have our planning meeting next week, Wednesday 02 September at 12:10 pm PST, via zoom, and the first speaker will be scheduled for 09 September at 12:10 pm PST. 

As we’ve done in past semesters, all meetings will occur on Wednesdays 12:10 pm PST. We will send out zoom information the day before a particular R working group meeting. 

Useful links prior to next week’s meeting:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Michael ( or Matt ( directly.