WATERS News & Events

The Nature!Tech Conference

May 7, 2016

The WATERS Collaborative served as a model for innovation collaborations between business and academics when Program Lead, Claudia Luke kicked off the Nature!Tech Conference. Mike Thompson of SCWA served on a Nature!Tech panel exploring how data and technology can be brought to bear on watershed challenges.

"Every bit of data in the world is measureable." - Sean Hedrick of Aerotestra. This standout quote from Nature!Tech suited the tenor of the day which was all about leveraging technology and data to solve environmental problems...More are the Examiner: First Annual Nature!Tech Conference at Sonoma State University


SSU Symposium on Research and Creativity 2016

May 4, 2016

WATERS collaborated with the School of Science & Technology, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Experiences (SOURCE), and others to host a campus wide symposium that celebrated the achievements of SSU students engaged in inquiry.

This year, 24 posters were submitted to the symposium on water related topics. WATERS judges Jake MacKenzie, Wayne Haydon, and Chris Halle gave the best water award to Betsy Smith and Julie Freeman (Advisor Phil Mooney) for their demonstration project "Topographic Interactive Model: Augmented Reality Sandbox."

WATERS at the Sustainable Enterprise Conference

April 7, 2016

Waters Program Lead and CEI Director Claudia Luke moderated the Sustainable Water panel this year at the 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Panel speakers included Mark Trotta (SCWA), Baji Gobburi (Cambrian Solutions), and Mike Cohen (SSU).

Speakers presented new solutions that increase water storage capacity and reduce water use, including groundwater recharge and microbial fuel cells that recycle and generate electricity from wastewater.

Early Intervention Tool Predicts Water Use in Building Projects

Fall 2015

Managing the impact of development on water resources is again an urgent challenge in California.

A new open-source early intervention tool has been created to evaluate approaches that reduce land use impacts on water resources. It was developed by the staff of Sonoma State University’s Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) in partnership with Elizabeth Patterson, staff environmental scientist of the state Department of Water Resources.... More at SSU Insights Magazine: Watershed Warriors

Watershed Warriors: SSU Tackles the Critical Watershed Issues in Its Region

Fall 2015

When NASA saw the drought’s impact from their satellites and announced that California could run out of water in a year if enough rain did not fall, the need to connect SSU students to regional water issues became even more critical... More at SSU Insights Magazine: Watershed Warriors

Supervisor Efren Carrillo presents the Best Water Poster Award at the 2015 SSU Science Symposium

May 7, 2015

The SSU Science Symposium was a success this year with most posters and greatest attendance to date. Now in it's 3rd year, the annual symposium highlight the accomplishments of student science projects, including those undertaken as part of the WATERS Collaborative.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo presented the Best Water Poster to Richard Regello (accepting on behalf of himself, Rafael Rabines, and Samantha Mini) for their poster entitled, "A Story of Three Ponds: Using Invertebrates to Assess Aquatic Ecosystem Health."

WATERS Faculty Presenting to the CSU Board of Trustees March 24, 2015

November 7, 2014

Jackie Guilford (ENSP) and her student Maya Hoholick will be presenting the results of their water quality research to the CSU Board of Trustees on March 24, 2015.

The CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) and Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST)  will co-host a student-faculty research poster reception at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach from 4:00-6:00 p.m., following the first day of the Board of Trustees meeting. The reception will highlight water-related research conducted by CSU students and their faculty mentors from the 23 CSU campuses. The Chancellor, CSU Presidents and Trustees will be in attendance to meet the faculty and students and hear about their research firsthand.   

Dr. Guilford and Ms. Hoholick will be representing SSU at the reception, presenting their collaborative work with Jeff Church of the Sonoma County Water Agency on the "Rohnert Park Nutrient Loading." All trip expenses will be reimbursed by WRPI.

WATERS Funding Supports Five New Local Watershed Management Challenges

October 17, 2014

Innovative ideas and approaches to engaging students in local watershed management challenges are being funded for a third year by the WATERS Collaborative at SSU, reports Claudia Luke, WATERS Coordinator and SSU Preserve Director. Funds come from a unique partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Faculty from environmental studies and planning, geography, chemistry, and biology are funded to work with their students on five regional watershed management projects....More at SSU News Center: WATERS Funding Supports Five New Local Watershed Management Challenges

SSU WATERS Faculty Receive Funding to Pursue Water Research

September, 2014

Drs. Michael Cohen (Biology) and Michelle Goman (Geography) each received a funding award from CSU's Water Resources and Policy Initiative to pursue external funding for water-related research and education. The funds will pay for 4 units of release time, allowing Cohen and Goman to seek grants for infrastructure, equipment, professional development or student learning on water-related topics. More information about WRPI Research Incentive Awards: WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Award Programs

Connections Between SSU's Osborn Preserve and the WATERS Collaborative

August 12, 2014

The Press Democrat celebrates SSU Osborn Preserve's legacy of learning, highlighting the on-going research, cross-disciplinary education, the WATERS Collaborative, and the Roth family's lasting vision. Special attention is paid to ways that community members can participate. More at Press Democrat: A Land for Learning

WATERS Invited to Present at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

May 30, 2014

Sustainabilty Coordinator Claudia Luke is an invited speaker at the CHESC Conference in San Diego (June 16-20, San Diego State University). She will be speaking about WATERS Collaborative as a model for academic - management engagement. The talk will be part of a session entitled "Addressing the Drought Through Curriculum."

Dendrochronology Study Awarded "Best Water-Related Project" at the SSU Science Symposium

May 1, 2014

Students from Dr. Michelle Goman's Geography 317 Class were awarded "Best Water-Related Project" at the 2014 SSU Science Symposiun. Their poster, entitled "Real Trees Have Curves: Dendrochronology at Fairfield Osborn Preserve," used tree ring analysis to determine age distribution of trees and the frequency of land slides at sites in SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve. The award was presented by County Supervisor Shirlee Zane.

Symposium: WATERS co-hosts the 2nd Annual Sonoma State Science Symposium

lobo, the SSU mascot, doing science

Wedneday, April 30, 2014 at the SSU Student Center Ballroom

SSU students present the results of their scientific research during the 2013-14 academic year at SSU Science Symposium. Students engaged in the WATERS Collaborative present the results of their scientific research on watershed topics alongside their peers. The event is open to the community.

The SSU Science Symposium was made possible with funding by the Sonoma County Water Agency WATERS contract and the School of Science & Technology.

News: Osborn Sensor Network Targets Weather Measurements in Headwaters of Copeland Creek Watershed

Farid Farahmand and Albert Maldonado at Fairfield Osborn Preserve

April 21, 2014

An Environmental Sensor Network Opens Up New Worlds of Data at Fairfield Osborn Preserve

By Jean Wasp, SSU News Center

When Albert Martos Maldonado described the sensors currently operating at Sonoma State University's Fairfield Osborn Preserve--measuring the energy use, climate, even cell phone locations--the students in the SSU Preserve Naturalist Training Program were amazed...>more at SSU News Center: An Environmental Sensor Network Opens Up New Worlds

Event: Marin Carbon Project at ENSP Energy Forum

Farid Farahmand and Albert Maldonado at Fairfield Osborn Preserve

April 21, 2014

Torri Estrada, Director of Policy at the Carbon Cycle Institute, is an invited speaker to ENSP's Energy Forum (ENSP 430) and will be speaking about the Marin Carbon Project.

The Marin Carbon Project engages policymakers to educate agency staff and decision makers on MCP’s research findings and their implications for the role of rangelands in improving soil health, water quality, on-farm productivity, ecosystems services, and climate change. 

Mr. Estrada serves on the Marin Carbon Project Steering Committee and has worked with non-profit, community-based, and public institutions to advance solutions to systemic social justice, climate, and environmental issues for over twenty years.

(WATERS assisted in scheduling this event).

News: WATERS Co-funds First "Sustainability in the Classroom" Awards

April 6, 2014

First "Sustainability in the Classroom " Awards Renew the Commitment to a Greener Future

By Jean Wasp, SSU News Center

With a goal of infusing sustainability into the SSU curriculum, the Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC) and WATERS Collaborative announced four "Sustainability in the Classroom " awards. ...>more at SSU News Center: First Sustainability in the Classroom Awards

News: WATERS 3-year funding renewal in Press Democrat

Chase Takajo using GPS in creek bed

December 15, 2013

Water Agency Program Trains Sonoma State University Students in Conservation

By Sean Scully, Press Democrat

"The Sonoma County Water Agency is adding more than $200,000 to a program to train Sonoma State University students to be the next generation of conservationists and water engineers." > more at Press Democrat: Water Agency Program Trains Sonoma State University Students in Conservation

News: Sonoma County Water Agency approves WATERS funding

Supervisor Shirley Zane comments on WATERS Collaborative at SCWA Board meeting

December 12, 2013

Pioneering WATERS Collaborative Support Tripled to Foster Watershed Management Research, Careers at SSU

By Jean Wasp, SSU News Center

"The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a three-year $204,318 grant to fund SSU's pioneering Watershed Academics for Sustainability (WATERS) Collaborative after a highly successful first year showed how the partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency can serve the flood control needs of the local watershed.." > more at SSU News Center: Pioneering WATERS Collaborative Support Tripled

Symposium: WATERS co-hosts the Sonoma State Science Symposium

lobo, the SSU mascot, doing science

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Green Music Center

SSU students presented the results of their scientific research during the 2012-13 academic year at SSU Science Symposium. Students and faculty engaged in the WATERS Collaborative presented their work alongside student research from other departments on campus. The event was open to the community.

The SSU Science Symposium was made possible with funding by a Green Music Center Academic Integration Grant and Sonoma County Water Agency WATERS contract, and co-hosted by the School of Science & Technology and the Center for Environmental Inquiry.

News: Press Democrat Profiles the SSU Science Symposium, co-hosted by WATERS

May 6, 2013

SSU Holds 1st Science Symposium Tuesday

By Jeremy Hay, Press Democrat

"Sonoma State University's School of Science and Technology on Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Green Music Center, is to hold its first science symposium to showcase high-level student research projects and the brains behind them." > more at Press Democrat: SSU Holds 1st Science Symposium Tuesday

News: Student Sediment Study in Press Democrat

student under bridge in dry creekbed

April 25, 2013

SSU, County Team Up to Study Copeland Creek

by Jeremy Hay Press Democrat. photo: Beth Schlanker

"In the dry and rocky bed of Copeland Creek, hemmed in by blackberry bushes, Chase Takajo used a GPS device to look for the right spot to set a trap.

The Sonoma State University senior would set two, each designed to catch and measure the sediment carried from Sonoma Mountain toward the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

The work is part of a long-range effort to restore the nine-mile long waterway..." > more at Press Democrat: SSU, County Team Up

News: WATERS Coordinator Claudia Luke on SSU Spotlight

December 2012

In her profile on the SSU Spotlight series, Dr. Claudia Luke talks about her career and the WATERS Collaborative.

News: WATERS at Make a Splash

poster for performance of Great Divide

November 7, 2012

Sonoma State University celebrated a year of water with a special reception entitled "Make a Splash." The reception in SSU's Person Theatre highlighted SSU's campus-wide "Water Works" initiatve, a series of performances, lectures and events surrounding our relationship with this unique substance.

WATERS Coordinator, Claudia Luke, provided a special presentation on the importance of water in our lives and ongoing work of the WATERS Collaborative. Other speakers included SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson and SSU Art Professor Kurt Kemp.

Following the reception, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presented "The Great Divide," a play about hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

For information about Water Works events continuing this Spring, see: www.sonoma.edu/waterworks

News: WATERS on Comcast Newsmakers

still image of Claudia Luke during Comcast Newsmaker interview

October 2012

WATERS Coordinator Claudia Luke talks to Comcast Newsmakers about the SSU Preserves (now Center for Enviornmental Inquiry), the WATERS Collaborative, and other water events on campus.

Events: Water Works

image of water works by Kurt Kemp

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 on Campus at Sonoma State University

WATERS Collaborative projects are part of a year-long celebration of water at Sonoma State University, called Water Works. Water Works explores inland water flow as a resource, theme, and metaphor, through a year (2012-2013) of academics, fine arts, and live theatre and dance. A schedule of events is available at the link above.

To get involved or learn more contact Paul Draper or Scott Horstein at the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

News: Dr. Tom Buckley Receives WATERS Collaborative Award

Tom Buckley

School of Science & Technology, News and Accomplishments - October 2012

Tom Buckley, Biology, has received $3,000 in funding from the WATERS Collaborative for his proposal "Leaf Physiology Spot Measurement Instrument", where students will use purchased sensor components to construct instruments that measure leaf physiology in riparian vegetation. The WATERS Collaborative makes funds available in both the fall and spring semesters to support faculty that are interested in engaging their students in service-learning projects surrounding watershed management issues.

News: Not Just Another Desk Job

students working to remove blackberry on Copeland Creek

Sonoma News Center - July 24, 2012

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps project at SSU was launched thanks to WATERS, a new campus partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). Seven members of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps worked diligently over the summer to clear the Himalayan blackberry that is choking out native species along Copeland Creek on campus and at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. >more at SSU News Center: Not Just Another Desk Job.