Feds Tap HSU to Study Water in the West

A TEAM OF HUMBOLDT STATE faculty and graduate students has won a $620,000 federal grant to develop water management solutions in the face of soaring population growth and rapid changes in water and land use in the rural West.

Field work for the three-year project will be situated in the upper Snake River basin in Idaho and Wyoming at the Henry’s Fork (North Fork) watershed, considered by fly fishermen to be one of the world’s premier trout fishing streams. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Humboldt State team will be led by alum Rob Van Kirk, (‘84), Associate Professor of Mathematics and a specialist in applying math and statistics to natural resource problems.

The faculty team comprises Brad Finney, Professor of Environmental Resources Engineering and an expert in surface and ground water hydrology and water resource management; Yvonne Everett, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Planning, who specializes in community-based management; Steve Steinberg, Associate Professor of GIS/Remote Sensing, who conducts spatial analysis and GIS applications in the social sciences; and J. Mark Baker, Assistant Professor of Politics, an expert in socioeconomics and community-based natural resource management.

HSU graduate students Brian Apple, Lora Liegel and Kimberly Peterson will work on hydrologic models and sociological methods to bolster water conservation. Based on their research, the scientists and students will provide findings about the watershed’s hydrologic system and offer conservation strategies.