Events Archive

Events for Spring 2012

Wednesday, June 6: End-of-year Happy Hour with the AWRA

Join the AWRA to celebrate the completion of the school year! This is a great time to stories and have a good laugh over drinks.

  • Time: 4:30-?
  • Location: Agua Verde (1303 Northeast Boat Street)

Saturday, May 19: Brightwater Tour

Come tour the new Brightwater plant in Woodinville with the AWRA!

  • Time: 12:00-2:00 (To be finalized)
  • Location: The Brightwater Sewage Treatment Plant, Woodinville, WA
  • Cost: free
  • Transport: Carpools may be arranged. A group of students may bike to the Brightwater plant via the Burke Gilman trail if the weather is nice.
  • For more information and to RSVP, please contact Morgan Knighton (morgan.knighton You can read more about the Brightwater plant here.

Wednesday, May 9: AWRA and WHS Joint Dinner Meeting

Join the AWRA professional and student chapters, and the Washington Hydrologic Society for the monthly AWRA dinner meeting at the UW campus. Brian Walsh will give an update on the Department of Ecology Water Resources Program (Ecology), including the recent legislative session and the budget. Three water resources bills passed during the session. Dinner and drinks will be provided!

Saturday, April 21: Duwamish Alive! River Restoration

Join the AWRA and help CleanScapes at Gateway Park N in Georgetown to remove invasive species, spread mulch and weed the natural drainage beds along 8th Ave S. Last year, volunteers removed invasive plants from the park and along 8th Avenue, weeded the bioswales at Markey Trucking, and picked up litter. They also removed graffiti and spread about 4 yards of mulch on trails throughout the park.

  • Time: Volunteer Work, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm; Social, 2:00 - 3:30
  • Location: 8th Ave S and 10th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Cost: Free!
  • To join the AWRA team, please contact Mark Raleigh

Wednesday, April 18: 2012 UW Water Symposium

The UW-Tacoma Center for Urban Waters is hosting the 2012 UW Water Symposium at the Urban Horticulture Center. Speakers include Robert Edmonds (the AWRA-UW advisor), Parker MacCready, and Daniel Schindler. Sessions include (1) Physical, biological, and geochemical impacts of riverine systems in marine and estuarine environments, (2) The Value of Heterogeneity in Freshwater Environments, (3) Land Use and Water, and (4) a Poster session. Light refreshments are provided for registered participants during Session 4.

  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Location: NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Seattle Campus
  • Cost: Free! (but you must register in advance on the CUW website below)
  • For more information, to register, or to submit a poster abstract, please visit the CUW website

Events for Winter 2012

Monday, February 27: Sound and Vision documentary viewing

Come watch a new documentary about the state of Puget Sound and the environmental issues that need to be addressed to restore the Sound. Told from the perspective of those who are working to protect the Sound, this documentary will open your eyes to what lies under our water. This is a rare opportunity to watch a spectacular documentary about water issues in Seattle's backyard.

  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Electrical Engineering Building (EEB), Room 125
  • Cost: Free!

Here is a short clip from the documentary:

Sound & Vision: TOXIC RUNOFF | CSOs in PUGET SOUND from eric becker on Vimeo.

More Info: Sound and Vision is a film by Eric Becker, produced by We Are Shouting. The film was made for People for Puget Sound. You can read more about the film here.

Tuesday, January 24: Annual Student / State Chapter Mixer

Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future

Meet water resources professionals from around the state! Pizza, beer and light refreshments will be served. As always, this is an outstanding opportunity to network with potential employers!

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Social Hour: 5:30-6:30, Presentation: 6:30-7:30

Place: UW Waterfront Activities Center Lounge (3900 Montlake Blvd. NE, Seattle, WA 98195)

Cost: Free for AWRA Members, $5 suggested donation for non-members*

*Students, become a member today for only $10! learn more

Please RSVP here

Featured Speaker: Sarah Morley, Research Ecologist, Watershed Program, Fish Ecology Division, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Abstract: The removal of the Elwha River dams on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State is a unique opportunity to examine ecosystem recovery on a watershed scale, and has spurred collaborative research efforts among divergent groups. For the past century, the two dams have blocked the upstream movement of anadromous fish to over 90% of the watershed, and restricted the downstream movement of sediment, wood, and other organic materials to the lower river and estuary. Populations of all five Pacific salmon species and steelhead in the Elwha are critically low, habitat complexity decreased in the middle and lower river, and downstream coastal habitats are sediment starved. Simultaneous deconstruction of the two dams began in September 2011 and will take three years to complete. During and after that time, researchers are examining dam removal effects in three geographic regions: the soon-to-be former reservoirs, across the river floodplain, and in the nearshore environment. Short-term (< 3 years post dam removal) monitoring is focused on the projected downstream transport of approximately four million cubic meters of fine sediments accumulated in the reservoir deltas, associated peaks in river and estuary turbidity levels, and re-vegetation of the reservoir themselves. Longer-term effects of dam removal (> 5 years) to be evaluated are the delivery of gravels and cobbles to the lower river and nearshore, the re-establishment of a natural wood delivery regime, the re-colonization of the upper watershed by anadromous fish, and the associated effects on aquatic and riparian foodwebs. This talk will provide an overview of the Elwha restoration project, but particularly highlight the research of NWFSC researchers examining river floodplain dynamics, salmon re-colonization, and aquatic foodwebs. The removal of the Elwha Dams has been long awaited by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and others and will provide ongoing learning opportunities for future dam removal efforts across the United States and elsewhere.

Speaker Bio: Sarah Morley is a field ecologist whose research focuses on biological assessment-using biota to evaluate the condition of a place and better identify the causes of degradation. Within this broad framework, she has conducted research on the effects of urbanization on the health of Puget Sound streams and evaluated the effectiveness of restoration actions on streams and rivers across the Pacific Northwest. Recent projects include examining the effects of shoreline armoring on the biota of the Duwamish River estuary, the effectiveness of green stormwater management strategies in improving urban stream health, and aquatic foodweb effects of dam removal on the Elwha River. Sarah holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. She has been a member of the Watershed Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 2000.

Please RSVP here

Above: The Elwha River Dam (click for Popular Mechanics article)

Above: Sarah Morley

Events for Fall 2011

Tuesday, October 4: AWRA WA State Conference

The annual state AWRA conference is just around the corner and is once again being conveniently hosted at the Seattle University campus. This is your chance to hear some thoughtful water resource presentations and to network with professionals.

  • Theme: A Perspective on Water Quality Issues across Washington State
  • Student Cost: $30 (conference only), $60 (conference and reception)
  • For more information and to register, please visit the AWRA-WA conference website.
  • All student volunteer positions have been taken for the conference but please consider attending anyway!

    Wednesday, November 2: Fall Kick-off Meeting

    This is a great event to learn about student involvement in AWRA activities, current student research, and interdisciplinary perspectives on water resources! We will also hold a planning session for this year's activities, and discuss officer elections.

  • Free pizza and beverages will be served!
  • Time: 12:30-1:30 pm; Place: Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall