Children make the long walk home with containers of polluted water they scooped from holes they dug in a dry riverbed. (Note: Cheru out of the frame in these photos.) Carrying a tea kettle, Cheru Lotuliapus, 5, (wearing red skirt and green shirt) walks with other children twice a day to dig for water in a dry riverbed in West Pokot, Kenya.  A first-year kindergarten student, she carries water to school and returns home by way of the waterhole to refill her kettle. With other school children, she walks more than 6km a day for water.

Kenya
West Pokot County
Location: Ptoyo; sublocation: Kesot; village: Chepoyotwo
Sook program area

2018 Global 6K for Water: Run with Us!

Photo Credit: Kathryn Reid for World Vision Inc. Join the UW Freshwater Initiative at the 2018 Global 6K for Water on May 19, 2018 in Gas Works Park! WHAT: Global 6K for Water WHEN: May 19, 2018 WHERE: Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA Six kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world must walk for water -water that isn’t always safe for human consumption.
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Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved this 60-foot deep canyon (note people standing at the right for scale). Source: Ian Joughin, Univ. of Washington

Job Announcement: Freshwater-eScience Research Scientist

Civil and Environmental Engineering and the eScience Institute have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 4 at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. The Research Scientist/Engineer will provide research support and develop leadership in the interdisciplinary Freshwater Initiative in collaboration with College of Engineering, College of the Environment, and UW Tacoma researchers. 
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FISH 447/448: Watershed Ecology & Management

FISH 447/448: Watershed Ecology & Management

Looking for a way to get your feet wet in watershed science? Enroll in Watershed Ecology and Management in Spring 2018, an investigation of stream and river ecosystems from a watershed perspective…and a darn good time. Lectures will feature: Multidisciplinary views of the fundamental processes governing the striation and function of flowing aquatic ecosystems.
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Global Proliferation of Small Hydropower Plants

Global Proliferation of Small Hydropower Plants

Increased societal demand for electricity has resulted in global proliferation of hydropower facilities, which harness and transform the energy of flowing water into a sustainable source of electricity.  However, increased public awareness about the socioeconomic costs of hydropower installations (e.g., greenhouse gas formation, decreased water quality and quantity, and decreased biodiversity) means that governments are moving away from construction of large hydropower installations and instead turning their attention to small hydropower plants.
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Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Getting to Know FWI: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve

Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a member of the FWI steering committee at the University of Washington. Here, he sits down with graduate student Thiago Couto to discuss his experience working with large, multidisciplinary research groups and why an open mind is often critical for success in freshwater research.
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UW Chapter of AWRA Seeks Student Leaders

UW Chapter of AWRA Seeks Student Leaders

The award-winning UW Chapter of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is expanding their student leadership team in Spring 2018. The leadership team works together to plan at least one major event per quarter, including networking nights, guest lectures, movie nights and more. While not serving on the leadership team is not a large time commitment, it does require committed and enthusiastic leaders.
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UW Aquatic Science Open House

UW Aquatic Science Open House

Are you inspired by water-y worlds? Do you like discovery and exploration? Have you ever wondered what an aquatic scientist does all day? Come join us for a family-friendly afternoon of hands-on learning at our UW Aquatic Science Open House, a celebration of work and research that relates to water.
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Water & Environment Student Talks (WEST) Conference

Water & Environment Student Talks (WEST) Conference

We are pleased to announce the 5th annual Water and Environment Student Talks (WEST), a water conference for students and young professionals in the Pacific Northwest hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. WEST CASCADES: Water in Cycles will stimulate discussions on the various stages that water goes through as we use it and will include topics like water reclamation and resource recovery from water and wastewater.
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Researchers gathered sediment cores from lakes in 16 major watersheds in southwestern Alaska.
Source: Lauren Rodgers

Who is FWI?

Freshwater “flows” across many academic disciplines and sectors of society. Most issues surrounding freshwater are so complex that no single discipline can tackle these freshwater problems alone. To respond to growing research needs, faculty at the University of Washington (UW) College of Engineering, UW College of Environment, and UW Tacoma formed the Freshwater Initiative (FWI) in 2014.
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PNW Water Research Symposium

PNW Water Research Symposium

Mark Your Calendars! The 8th Annual Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium is set for April 23-24th, 2018 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University. The PNW Water Research Symposium, hosted by Oregon State University Hydrophiles, is a student-centric conference highlighting outstanding student research in the fields of water resources science, engineering, and policy.
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