Events 2005-06

Autumn 2005

Friday, October 7: Fall Kickoff Meeting

  • 12-1:30 pm, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall
  • Interested in water resources, hydrology, water quality, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic ecology, or any other water-related topic?

    If so, AWRA is the group for you.

    The UW student chapter of the American Water Resources Association is looking for new members and new officers. If you're interested in a career in water resources or want to get to know people in the campus water world, join AWRA! The national AWRA conference will be held in Seattle this November, so this is a perfect time to get involved. Everyone is welcome.

    Past AWRA activities have included:

  • Watershed resoration projects
  • Informal lunch seminars
  • Social gatherings
  • Participation in Washington State AWRA water policy dialogues, dinner meetings, and annual conferences
  • Future AWRA activities can include these and any other watery activity you can imagine!

    Saturday, November 5: Hamm Creek Watershed Restoration

  • What: help People for Puget Sound plant alders and cottonwoods at Terminal 105/Hamm Creek and learn about restoration efforts on the Duwamish River.
  • Bring: sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for weather, sack lunch, lots of water. Tools and work gloves if you have them, but People for Puget Sound h as some to spare.
  • Please email Arden Thomas by Nov. 1 at to RSVP, and please let her know if you need a ride or if you have a ride (and if so, how many other people you can take).
  • Meet at the East parking lot of the Fisheries Building at 9:25 AM. We'll be back by 2:30 PM.

  • Saturday, November 5: Post-Restoration pot-luck/BBQ!

  • Even if you can't make it to the restoration, you can come join us for the BBQ!
  • Some food for grilling and drinks will be provided, but please bring food or drink to contribute.
  • Location: Brian Cook's house starting at 5 pm. RSVP to Arden Thomas ( for directions.

  • November 7-10: AWRA 2005 National Conference and Pub Social!!

    This is a must-see event! Some reasons to go:

  • Keynote Speaker: Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit.
  • Scores of sessions, on a wide variety of topics including ecology, drought management, dam removal, watershed restoration, water quality, and more.
  • Career workshops where you can get advice on networking and resume-building.

  • For Conference registration go to:
    When: The week of Nov 7-10
    Where: Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave, Seattle.

    And be sure to join us at the AWRA Pub Social!!
    When: Tuesday 5:30 pm
    Where: Pike Pub and Brewery, 1415 1st Ave, Seattle.

    Winter 2006

    Friday, January 27: Winter General Meeting, with free pizza!

  • Come see what events we're working on, and get involved in their planning!
  • 12-1:30 pm, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall.
  • Thursday, February 16: UW Water Center 2006 Annual Review of Research

  • Come see presentations of research by faculty, students, and professionals from a variety of water-related fields
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, HUB West Ballroom.
  • Spring 2006

    Sunday, April 9: Skagit River Tour

  • Raft down the Skagit River! Get out of town and onto the water. Float those winter blues away.
  • Come learn about salmon, river restoration, geomorphology, and land use issues from local fisheries and water resources experts (Larry Wasserman, Cleve Steward, and Chris Kowtz) as you experience the Skagit River first hand.
  • When: Sunday, April 9th, meet at 9:25 at University of Washington Fisheries building.
  • Transportation, life jackets, wet suit included in cost.
  • Bring: food to share for potluck lunch.
  • Cost: $40 AWRA members/$45 nonmembers (includes membership for rest of year).
  • e-mail Arden by March 28th to RSVP.
  • Special thanks to the College of Forest Resources and School for Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences for helping to cover the cost of the trip.

  • Friday, April 21: Spring General Meeting

  • Food and drink will be provided. More details TBA.
  • Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29: Outreach Opportunity: Watershed Demo at CEE Open House

  • Interested in water-related outreach?
  • UW AWRA needs volunteers to help with a WATERSHED DEMO at the Engineering Open House, April 28 and 29.
  • We need volunteers to sign up for 2-hour slots on April 28 (Friday) and April 29 (Saturday) to help demonstrate how rain and snow turn into streams, and show how climate change affects stream flow.
  • The demo involves an actual model of a watershed, complete with "soil", "snowpack" and buckets of water! The kids love it.
  • There will be a training session from 4-5 on Thursday April 27 in More Hall - room number will be announced later.
  • If you are interested or need more information, please respond to Ted Bohn.
  • Wednesday, May 10: River Restoration Program Proposal Discussion

  • Prof. Derek Booth and others have proposed an interdisciplinary degree program in River Restoration, and are looking for comments/feedback from interested students and faculty.
  • You can view a draft of the proposal at
  • When: Wednesday, May 10, 12:30-1:30, Forest Club Room (Anderson 207)
  • Contact Julie Horowitz for details.
  • Friday, May 12: Tour of Yakima Project

  • The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) will guide a tour featuring several components of the Yakima Project ( The Yakima Project is one of the largest water resource projects in the state, storing roughly 1 M acre-feet of water in reservoirs on the east slopes of the Cascades and supplying it to 464,000 acres of arable land surrounding the Yakima River. We will begin our tour at the Roza Diversion Dam ( where our guide, a fisheries biologist from USBR, will show us fisheries related features and activities at the dam. Depending on timing, we may see juvenile fish being trapped and pit-tagged, and mature adult fish migrating upstream. We'll most likely break for lunch after Roza Dam. Afternoon activities are up to the group. There are several other dams and water supply features in the system to which our guide could take us. For example, the tour could go up the watershed to one of the large storage reservoirs and dams on Snoqualmie Pass, or we could proceed farther down the valley to other low-head diversion dams, fish screens, fish ladders, and hydraulic engineering structures. If we proceed down the valley in the afternoon, we may choose to visit a local vineyard before returning home. Those planning to attend the trip are encouraged to include suggestions/requests in their confirmation email, also please weigh in on whether a vineyard stop sounds appealing.
  • Transportation: We will carpool from a location in the U-District (Park and Ride on 65th?). Estimated departure time is 5:30 am. Plan to return around 8 pm.
  • Cost: Free (contribute money for gas)
  • Food: Yet to be determined: either a bag lunch or lunch in Yakima
  • Contact Matt Fontaine for details and RSVP.
  • Thursday, June 1: End-of-year joint celebration with the WA State Chapter!

  • Professor Derek Booth of CEE and ESS departments will be speaking about: "Some Intercontinental Observations on Rivers Through Cities", from his recent experiences while on sabbatical.
  • Beer and light refreshments will be served!
  • Thursday, June 1, 7:00-10:00 pm, 248/250 South Campus Center
  • This is a great opportunity to network with potential employers!