Fall 2017 Newsletter

Message from the Director: On Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Dr. Jason A. Hubbart, Director of the IWSS

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?”

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Preston dam rehabilitation will benefit area residents and advance IWSS research

Rendering of the Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 Dam

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.

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IWSS Hosts Seminar by USGS Watershed Modeler

USGS Watershed Modeler Gary Shenk

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.

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