Year Established: 2014 Start Date: 2014-03-01 End Date: 2015-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $4,613 Total Non-Federal Funds: $16,438
Principal Investigators: Jonathan Yoder, Jennifer Adam
Abstract: Washington and the entire Pacific Northwest are struggling with complex surface and ground water issues related to scientific, economic, global change, and social aspects of water quantity and quality. Water availability during drought periods in certain areas within the State has already reached crisis levels and the problems are expected to intensify as the effects of global climate change and population growth continue to alter the supply and demand patterns. Even under normal circumstances, many watersheds are now facing the problem of allocating water between historic uses, future domestic demands, and ecosystems which require an understanding of the complex trade-offs involved, sound policy analysis, and effective communication between research and stakeholder communities to address.