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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   USACE Director of Civil Works Steven Stockton just unveiled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Planning Associates (PA) Program.  With Planning Modernization a pillar of the Civil Works (CW) Transformation and the focus on planning in the recently passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, enhancing planning capability is critical for the USACE to continue to meet the Nation’s water resources challenges of the present and future.  The primary goal of the PA Program is to broaden the competencies of high potential journeyman planners who will lead complex planning studies and provide water resources technical and professional leadership in the future.  As such, the PA Program and its graduates have been at the forefront of USACE’s Planning Modernization.
The PA Program provides quality, intensive training in the CW Planning and leadership development.  The curriculum is a rigorous comprehensive program that covers team building and team leadership training, including experiential training is USACE CW business programs.  The typical PA class is a demographically diverse, multi-disciplinary team of high potential GS-11 to GS-13 district employees with 5-15 years of current CW planning experience.
USACE Planning Associates Program FY16 Announced – Nominations Due 6 August 2015
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. USACE Director of Civil Works Steven Stockton just unveiled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Planning Associates (PA) Program. With Planning Modernization a pillar of the Civil Works (CW) Transformation and the focus on planning in the recently passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, enhancing planning capability is critical for the USACE to continue to meet the Nation’s water resources challenges of the present and future. The primary goal of the PA Program is to broaden the competencies of high potential journeyman planners who will lead complex planning studies and provide water resources technical and professional leadership in the future. As such, the PA Program and its graduates have been at the forefront of USACE’s Planning Modernization. The PA Program provides quality, intensive training in the CW Planning and leadership development. The curriculum is a rigorous comprehensive program that covers team building and team leadership training, including experiential training is USACE CW business programs. The typical PA class is a demographically diverse, multi-disciplinary team of high potential GS-11 to GS-13 district employees with 5-15 years of current CW planning experience.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   In support of recovery operations following the May 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Justin Pummell, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), traveled to Kathmandu as part of a USACE team assisting with the coordination of relief activities.  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed over 8,000 people and paralyzed the country, requiring considerable assistance from a number of nations.  
Mr. Pummell had departed Nepal on the day prior to the 24 April earthquake having completed a workshop as part of the Nepal Geographic Information System Integration Project.  This particular effort, partially funded through the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), involved a workshop on data sharing in support of national level disaster preparedness.  As a consequence, Mr. Pummell’s familiarity with the Nepalese individuals and organizations involved with disaster response made him an invaluable component of the USACE response team.
IWR Employee Recognized for Support to Nepal Earthquake Recovery
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. In support of recovery operations following the May 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Justin Pummell, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), traveled to Kathmandu as part of a USACE team assisting with the coordination of relief activities. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed over 8,000 people and paralyzed the country, requiring considerable assistance from a number of nations. Mr. Pummell had departed Nepal on the day prior to the 24 April earthquake having completed a workshop as part of the Nepal Geographic Information System Integration Project. This particular effort, partially funded through the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), involved a workshop on data sharing in support of national level disaster preparedness. As a consequence, Mr. Pummell’s familiarity with the Nepalese individuals and organizations involved with disaster response made him an invaluable component of the USACE response team.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   Dr. Jeffrey Brideau presented a paper at the International Water History Association’s (IWHA) Biennial Conference in Delft, The Netherlands, on 24 June 2015.  Hosted by the Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE, the conference brought together historians, historical geographers, and other water resources professionals interested in water history from over 17 countries.  The conference program traversed a wide array of water related topics across different landscapes and historical periods.  The meeting was designed to provoke cross-disciplinary and international exchanges and to further the development of participants’ analyses and narratives.  Jeff presented a paper called “Abstract Visions, Concrete Designs: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 308 Program”, which is based on his postdoctoral research for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  His paper focused on a set of river surveys conducted between the 1920s and 1940s, the emergence of multipurpose project planning, and the long-term strategic value of a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s water resources.
Abstract Visions, Concrete Designs: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 308 Program
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Dr. Jeffrey Brideau presented a paper at the International Water History Association’s (IWHA) Biennial Conference in Delft, The Netherlands, on 24 June 2015. Hosted by the Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE, the conference brought together historians, historical geographers, and other water resources professionals interested in water history from over 17 countries. The conference program traversed a wide array of water related topics across different landscapes and historical periods. The meeting was designed to provoke cross-disciplinary and international exchanges and to further the development of participants’ analyses and narratives. Jeff presented a paper called “Abstract Visions, Concrete Designs: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 308 Program”, which is based on his postdoctoral research for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). His paper focused on a set of river surveys conducted between the 1920s and 1940s, the emergence of multipurpose project planning, and the long-term strategic value of a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s water resources.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   Bob Pietrowsky, Director of the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and its International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), was honored to be appointed to the Governing Board of one of ICIWaRM’s sister UNESCO Category II Centers, the International Center for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC) which is hosted by Germany’s Federal Institute of Hydrology (FIH) in Koblenz, Germany. 
On 8-9 June, Pietrowsky attended the third meeting of the ICWRGC Governing Board, along with participating in an International Symposium hosted by ICWRGC and Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, with both events taking place in Berlin.  The Symposium was on Preventive Water Diplomacy – Developments and New Concepts, and included a plenary presentation from ICIWaRM’s University partner, Dr. Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University, on the “main controlling factors, perceptions, and motivations for national positions in shared watersheds”.
USACE IWR / ICIWaRM Director Attends Governing Board Meeting and Water Symposium Hosted by the International Center for Water Resources and Global Change
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Bob Pietrowsky, Director of the U.S. Army Institute for Water Resources (IWR) and its International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), was honored to be appointed to the Governing Board of one of ICIWaRM’s sister UNESCO Category II Centers, the International Center for Water Resources and Global Change (ICWRGC) which is hosted by Germany’s Federal Institute of Hydrology (FIH) in Koblenz, Germany. On 8-9 June, Pietrowsky attended the third meeting of the ICWRGC Governing Board, along with participating in an International Symposium hosted by ICWRGC and Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, with both events taking place in Berlin. The Symposium was on Preventive Water Diplomacy – Developments and New Concepts, and included a plenary presentation from ICIWaRM’s University partner, Dr. Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University, on the “main controlling factors, perceptions, and motivations for national positions in shared watersheds”.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released Screening-Level Assessment of Projects with Respect to Sea Level Change. The report is the first in a series of progressively more detailed screening assessments and detailed assessments of the most vulnerable projects and those with the highest consequences. The screening level assessments were completed using the Comprehensive Evaluation with Respect to Sea Level (CESL) web tool and relies on information developed by other agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 
Climate change is among the major challenges of the 21st century facing USACE, and can impact all areas of missions and operations. USACE climate preparedness and resilience policies  require USACE to integrate climate change adaptation planning and actions into USACE missions, operations, programs, and projects, using the best available and actionable climate science and climate change information at the appropriate level of analysis, and to consider climate change impacts when undertaking long-term planning, setting priorities, and making decisions. USACE has been a leader in collaborating with other agencies to integrate and translate climate science into actionable information for decision makers, developing technical guidance to address climate change impacts and adaptation, and developing tools to support adaptation decision-making. This report demonstrates USACE leadership through completion of a nationwide screening-level assessment of the vulnerability of existing USACE projects to the effects of changing sea levels.
USACE Releases a Report on Screening-Level Assessment of Projects with Respect to Sea Level Change
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released Screening-Level Assessment of Projects with Respect to Sea Level Change. The report is the first in a series of progressively more detailed screening assessments and detailed assessments of the most vulnerable projects and those with the highest consequences. The screening level assessments were completed using the Comprehensive Evaluation with Respect to Sea Level (CESL) web tool and relies on information developed by other agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Climate change is among the major challenges of the 21st century facing USACE, and can impact all areas of missions and operations. USACE climate preparedness and resilience policies require USACE to integrate climate change adaptation planning and actions into USACE missions, operations, programs, and projects, using the best available and actionable climate science and climate change information at the appropriate level of analysis, and to consider climate change impacts when undertaking long-term planning, setting priorities, and making decisions. USACE has been a leader in collaborating with other agencies to integrate and translate climate science into actionable information for decision makers, developing technical guidance to address climate change impacts and adaptation, and developing tools to support adaptation decision-making. This report demonstrates USACE leadership through completion of a nationwide screening-level assessment of the vulnerability of existing USACE projects to the effects of changing sea levels.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   The International Water Centre (IWC) announced its current offering of several full scholarships for high caliber international candidates interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland.    The program was created as a unique collaboration between four leading Australian universities: The University of Queensland, Griffith University, MONASH University, and The University of Western Australia.  
While students enroll at The University of Queensland, modules are jointly delivered by world-leading industry experts and lecturers from IWC's four founding universities. Upon graduation, students receive a co-badged degree, with a diploma displaying the logos of all four universities.
Up to three international scholarships are available: up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (each valued at AU$ 89,811) and one full tuition scholarship (valued at AU$ 50,776). Partial scholarships will also be available to self-funded students (up to $9,500 - including flights to Australia for citizens of the United States, Canada and the European Union).
International Scholarships Available for Master Degree in Integrated Water Management
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The International Water Centre (IWC) announced its current offering of several full scholarships for high caliber international candidates interested in studying the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2016 at The University of Queensland. The program was created as a unique collaboration between four leading Australian universities: The University of Queensland, Griffith University, MONASH University, and The University of Western Australia. While students enroll at The University of Queensland, modules are jointly delivered by world-leading industry experts and lecturers from IWC's four founding universities. Upon graduation, students receive a co-badged degree, with a diploma displaying the logos of all four universities. Up to three international scholarships are available: up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (each valued at AU$ 89,811) and one full tuition scholarship (valued at AU$ 50,776). Partial scholarships will also be available to self-funded students (up to $9,500 - including flights to Australia for citizens of the United States, Canada and the European Union).
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   The annual World Environmental and Water Resources Congress was organized by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Austin, TX, 17 – 21 May 2015.  Approximately 1000 water resources engineers from various Federal, state and local agencies participated in the conference with others from academia, the water resources profession and foreign entities.  The theme of this year’s Congress was “Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems: Managing Our Resources Despite Growing Demand and Diminishing Funds”.  The Congress was very well run with an assortment of technical tracks, short courses, plenary presentations, award lectures, technical tours and social events. The Congress offers a great way to hear about new trends in the profession and to share ideas with other water resources engineers. A total of 34.5 Professional Development Hours or PDH’s were offered through the Congress.  Professional Engineers are obligated to seek continuing education units and attendance and participation at a Congress such as the ASCE/EWRI Congress helps you to meet that professional requirement. 
A number of the IWR’s Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) staff including Chris Dunn (Director),  Matt Fleming (HHT Division Chief), Gary Brunner, Mark Jensen, and Jay Pak (Senior Hydraulic Engineers) and Kervi Ramos (HEC intern and University of California at Davis student) participated. Collectively, they made nine presentations. In addition, Mr. Dunn was a Panel Member in the discussion of “How to Educate the Next Generation of Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysts”.
HEC Engineers Highlight New Software Capabilities at Water Resources Conference
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The annual World Environmental and Water Resources Congress was organized by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Austin, TX, 17 – 21 May 2015. Approximately 1000 water resources engineers from various Federal, state and local agencies participated in the conference with others from academia, the water resources profession and foreign entities. The theme of this year’s Congress was “Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems: Managing Our Resources Despite Growing Demand and Diminishing Funds”. The Congress was very well run with an assortment of technical tracks, short courses, plenary presentations, award lectures, technical tours and social events. The Congress offers a great way to hear about new trends in the profession and to share ideas with other water resources engineers. A total of 34.5 Professional Development Hours or PDH’s were offered through the Congress. Professional Engineers are obligated to seek continuing education units and attendance and participation at a Congress such as the ASCE/EWRI Congress helps you to meet that professional requirement. A number of the IWR’s Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) staff including Chris Dunn (Director), Matt Fleming (HHT Division Chief), Gary Brunner, Mark Jensen, and Jay Pak (Senior Hydraulic Engineers) and Kervi Ramos (HEC intern and University of California at Davis student) participated. Collectively, they made nine presentations. In addition, Mr. Dunn was a Panel Member in the discussion of “How to Educate the Next Generation of Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysts”.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   The Institute for Water Resources’ (IWR) UNESCO-affiliated International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) team, composed of Guillermo Mendoza, John Kucharski and Jennifer Olszewski, was in Santo Domingo and Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic from 23-25 April 2015. They primarily worked with professionals from the National Institute for Water Resources (INDRHI), the Aqueduct and Sewerage Corporation of Santiago (CORAASAN) and others on developing a Shared Vision Planning process for strategic infrastructure and management investments in water security for the Santiago region. Climate change and population growth were considered to be principal scenario planning stressors to drive decision processes.
A side meeting was held in conjunction with the “Primer Congreso Internacional en Gestión Integral del Agua.” The meeting goal was to develop a potential work plan to be led by CORAASAN and INDRHI to implement a Scenario and Shared Vision Planning study to evaluate courses of action to improve delivery of water supply to the city of Santiago while considering hydropower, agriculture, and socio-environmental impacts.
ICIWaRM Provides Scenario and Shared Vision Planning Support in Dominican Republic
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The Institute for Water Resources’ (IWR) UNESCO-affiliated International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) team, composed of Guillermo Mendoza, John Kucharski and Jennifer Olszewski, was in Santo Domingo and Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic from 23-25 April 2015. They primarily worked with professionals from the National Institute for Water Resources (INDRHI), the Aqueduct and Sewerage Corporation of Santiago (CORAASAN) and others on developing a Shared Vision Planning process for strategic infrastructure and management investments in water security for the Santiago region. Climate change and population growth were considered to be principal scenario planning stressors to drive decision processes. A side meeting was held in conjunction with the “Primer Congreso Internacional en Gestión Integral del Agua.” The meeting goal was to develop a potential work plan to be led by CORAASAN and INDRHI to implement a Scenario and Shared Vision Planning study to evaluate courses of action to improve delivery of water supply to the city of Santiago while considering hydropower, agriculture, and socio-environmental impacts.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer a plethora of potential for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Civil Works Program.  They have been touted to track hurricanes, create 3D maps, protect wildlife, assist farmers, locate archaeological sites, improve metrology, and conduct search and rescue among other applications. More recently, Amazon has claimed that packages will soon be delivered to your front door via a UAS once Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations are lifted. Realistically, it may still be many years before packages are dropped at one’s front door.  Regardless, government agencies and companies alike are starting to explore these capabilities due to some relaxation of FAA restrictions beginning in 2014.  This leads us to question how will this impact the Corps and what is the future of small unmanned aircraft systems within the Corps?
The Institute for Water Resources sought out this question in their new report title “Unmanned Aircraft System Use within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works.”  This report was published on June 29, 2015. It was written as part of an IWR policy research project on planning technologies.  The primary audience for this report is Civil Works within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); however, those within the UAS field throughout the Army will likely benefit from this report.
Unmanned Aircraft System Considerations within USACE Civil Works
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer a plethora of potential for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Civil Works Program. They have been touted to track hurricanes, create 3D maps, protect wildlife, assist farmers, locate archaeological sites, improve metrology, and conduct search and rescue among other applications. More recently, Amazon has claimed that packages will soon be delivered to your front door via a UAS once Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations are lifted. Realistically, it may still be many years before packages are dropped at one’s front door. Regardless, government agencies and companies alike are starting to explore these capabilities due to some relaxation of FAA restrictions beginning in 2014. This leads us to question how will this impact the Corps and what is the future of small unmanned aircraft systems within the Corps? The Institute for Water Resources sought out this question in their new report title “Unmanned Aircraft System Use within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works.” This report was published on June 29, 2015. It was written as part of an IWR policy research project on planning technologies. The primary audience for this report is Civil Works within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); however, those within the UAS field throughout the Army will likely benefit from this report.

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PIANC USA Silver Jackets Responses to Climate Change
Flood Risk Management Program Corps Risk Analysis Gateway Shared Vision Planning
Water Resources Training
            and Education International Center for
            Integrated Water Resources Management National Shoreline Management Study
Inland Waterways Users Board National Economic Development Manuals Navigation Economics
            Technologies Program
Sustainable Rivers Project Value to the Nation Port and Inland Waterways Modernization Strategy

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International Scholarships Available for Master Degree in Integrated Water Management

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