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WRC team wins the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s 2016 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis

The State of Washington Water Research Center team led by WRC Director Jonathan Yoder won the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s  Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis of 2016 for their report Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Projectsand related outreach efforts (  The award was presented at the AAEA Annual Meetings on August 1 in Boston, MA.

The Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award recognizes outstanding impact on agricultural and related policy, based on sound foundations in economic theory. The purpose of the Award is to encourage sound economic analysis of public policy issues that provides timely and relevant information for more effective public policy and program discussions relating to national or internationally relevant policy issues. The award is intended to focus attention on important efforts in research, education or public service, which facilitate the policy process and improve public performance and understanding. A maximum of one award is given annually. For more information, see–awards/bruce-gardner-memorial-prize-for-applied-policy-analysis

Columbia River Long Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast Workshops

The Columbia River Long Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast project team is preparing an updated long-term water supply and demand forecast for the Washington Department of Ecology, Office of Columbia River and would like your feedback. The Forecast team includes researchers from Washington State University, University of Utah, Aspect Consulting, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This forecast, updated for the Washington Legislature every five years, provides a generalized, system-wide assessment of how future environmental and economic conditions are likely to change water supply and demand by 2035.

The team will host a series of FREE public workshops June 21st – June 23rd in Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and Spokane.  The purpose of these workshops is to share preliminary results from the 2016 Water Supply and Demand Forecast, provide an opportunity for public feedback and interaction, and gather input on possible improvements for the 2021 Forecast.

What to Expect:
• Presentations from researchers introducing the methodologies used and preliminary results found
• Q&A sessions with the researchers
• Open house, with time to explore results further and provide comments on the draft results

Workshop Details:

  • 6/21 Tri-Cities – 1:30-4:30pm: WSU Tri Cities, CIC Rooms 120/120A, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA
  • 6/22 Wenatchee – 8:30-11:30am:  WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Overley Laboratory Building, Meeting Room 102 (Large Conference Room) 1100 N. Western Ave. Wenatchee, WA
  • 6/23 Spokane – 8:30-11:30am: Enduris Training Facility, Training Room, 1610 S. Technology Blvd. Spokane, WA


RSVP not required but appreciated for planning purposes: email your name, contact information, and date/location you plan to attend to or call 509-663-8181 ext. 265.  Those who RSVP will also receive links to the draft and final reports when available.

The draft report and directions for submitting public comments will be available at Public comments will be accepted from June 20 – July 20th.

Environmental Courses for Spring 2016

Click on a class title for more information:


ANTH 591- Feeding the World: from the past, to traditional food systems, to GMO’s (d’Alpoim Guedes)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

CE 503- Air Quality Management (Herring)

CE 506- Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange Methods- Theory and Measurements of Turbulent Fluxes (Liu)

CE 517- Mechanics of Sediment Transport (Petrie)

CE 543 Adv Topics- Environmental Biogeochemistry (Ginn)

CE 562- Advanced Subsurface Flow and Transport (Engdahl)

CE 588- Atmospheric Turbulence and Air Quality Modeling (Lamb)


The Changing American Landscape and its Connection to Climate

The ACS is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Evan DeLucia on 9 November 2015 (CUB 210- Junior Ballroom East) at 4:10pm.  Dr. DeLucia became director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment whose aim is to synergize environmental efforts on the University of Illinois campus with nearby cities by promoting green sustainability education and outreach.  (more info)

Success of CEREO-sponsored Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops in Spring 2015

CEREO received enthusiastic feedback on the two workshops it hosted during the Spring 2015 semester.  These workshops were aimed at increasing scientific productivity and reproducibility by teaching researchers fundamental software skills and best practice techniques for working with and analyzing data.  The Software Carpentry workshop (April 27-28, 2015) led by Kara Woo (WSU) and Karl Broman (University of Wisconsin- Madison) taught participants new techniques for data management and version control using R and Git.  The Data Carpentry workshop (May 14-15, 2015) led by Kara Woo (WSU) and Naupaka Zimmerman (ASU) covered aspects of data processing and analysis using R, SQL, Excel, and OpenRefine.

A summary of material covered and an assessment report of the two workshops can be found here.