I can remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was standing at the back of my car, with the trunk open, in the parking lot at California State University, Fresno. I’d just put my backpack in the trunk after the last day of classes of the spring semester, and realized, “YIKES, I’m about to graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree! What’s next?”
Fall 2017 Newsletter
The Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) recently established a Climatic Geosciences program that will help identify current and emerging climate-influenced, socio-economic opportunities, and improve awareness and preparation for extreme weather events that threaten human lives and property in the state and region.
Researchers at West Virginia University are developing cutting-edge research methods using drone technology that could revolutionize the way resource managers monitor human land-use impacts on stream ecosystems.
Ground was broken on an $8 million rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 Dam in Preston County on August 7. The dam, built in 1969, will be increased by 10 feet in height to bring it into current design and construction standards and to create a dedicated water supply for Public Service District No. 1 in Arthurdale. The restoration is a collaborative project between the West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), the Monongahela Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Virginia University (WVU) that will result in improved safety for local residents, savings for some Preston County water customers and research for faculty and students.
The West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) hosted U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Watershed Modeler Gary Shenk for a September 7 seminar that provided information about efforts to revise the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Watershed Model. The revised model, known as the Phase 6 Watershed Model, will be used to guide management actions between 2018 and 2025 designed to achieve the nutrient and sediment total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) needed to meet restoration goals.
The WVU Institute of Water Security and Science will host a Spring Conference, on February 20-21, 2018 (9:00am – 7:00pm and 9:00am – 3:00pm, respectively), at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV. The conference theme is “Advances in Water Resource Science and Management in West Virginia, and the Northeastern U.S.”
The cryptic eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) became an internet sensation after junior Wildlife & Fisheries Resources major, Ty Shannon, tweeted photos of himself with a hellbender caught during a November 11 student research trip on the Greenbrier River.
Students at the Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) and Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School (SOL) got a messy and immersive lesson in national, regional and local water quality issues as part of a yearlong “Science and Stewardship” class about national, regional and local water quality issues and how to address them.
A team of researchers from the West Virginia University (WVU) Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design recently published a journal article that provides an assessment of thermal characteristics and climate change vulnerability for brook trout habitats in the upper Shavers Fork sub-watershed in West Virginia.