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Event to Highlight UW Water Research

September 4, 2015
man reaching into rushing stream
UW Professor Scott Miller conducts hydrology research in the Snowy Range. Miller and his colleagues in the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics will share their work Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. (UW Photo)

For the past three years, the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG) has conducted valuable water research around the state and throughout the nation. That work will be discussed next month during the 2015 Water Interest Group (WIG) meeting.

The WIG meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 222 S. 22nd St. in Laramie. The meeting will include presentations by University of Wyoming WyCEHG researchers and collaborators; break-out sessions to discuss research needs; and an adjacent poster presentation as part of the WyCEHG Round-Up research event.

The meeting’s objectives are to highlight WyCEHG collaborations, capacity building and research results from the last three years; and to discuss and identify paths to maintain and increase the capacity of WyCEHG to meet the state’s future water data and research needs. Meals and refreshments will be served.

Projects that will be highlighted include what researchers have learned about measuring snowpack in the Snowy Range and other parts of the state, and how geophysical tools have been used to better understand subsurface and groundwater resources, such as at the Blair Wallis site near Vedauwoo, says EPSCoR Education, Outreach and Diversity Coordinator Liz Nysson.

“We’re going to be combining the (WIG meeting) with the WyCEHG Round-Up, an opportunity for researchers within WyCEHG and students to highlight the research projects they’ve done the last three years,” Nysson says.

WyCEHG and Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) invite water resource professionals, faculty, students and the public to the meeting. Students funded by WyCEHG each are encouraged to make a poster presentation, on current or completed research, for the WyCEHG Round-Up. The poster presentation deadline is Sept. 30, Nysson says.

WIG attendees will have the opportunity to view the poster presentations and ask questions of the students during the WyCEHG Round-Up, she adds.

In July 2012, Wyoming EPSCoR received a five-year, $20 million water grant from the National Science Foundation. EPSCoR supports efforts to enhance research, science and mathematics education, and workforce development. This highly interdisciplinary award brought together researchers and educators from four UW colleges and 11 departments. The grant allowed for the establishment of WyCEHG, with goals to improve understanding of mountain front hydrology and how disturbances affect water flux; to improve integrated modeling of the fate and transport of water; and to provide cutting-edge resources and tools in water research.

The WIG registration will be open through Oct. 6. EPSCoR encourages interested participants to register early. To learn more and register, go to or register directly at For more information, call Nysson at (307) 766-4275 or email her at; or Ginger Paige, UW associate professor of water resources, at (307) 766-2200 or

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