Washington Water Trust Streamflow Restoration Policy Internship
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Cardinal Quarter Eligible
Applications closed on February 4, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 15, 2019
Washington Water Trust addresses a critical and universal challenge facing our environment: water is finite, but society’s demand for it is not. We foster healthy streams throughout Washington state by preserving and restoring the flow of water. We use voluntary, market-based transactions and cooperative partnerships to value and secure water instream. All so fish can spawn, crops can grow, wildlife can thrive and recreational opportunities can abound.
The Streamflow Restoration Policy Intern will play a pivotal team role, working closely with WWT staff as well as academics, scientists and government agencies to help inform WWT’s strategic participation in the new Streamflow Restoration Act (SRA) implementation, watershed planning and other potential activities in order to protect our instream flow restoration efforts as well as advance that sustainable water management projects/policies are implemented.
Washington state, a leader among prior appropriation states in implementing programs/practices to protect instream flow, is currently in a rapidly evolving water policy environment with a series of state Supreme Court decisions (Swinomish 2013; Foster 2015; Hirst 2017), federal court decisions (Culverts), iconic endangered species loss (Orcas), increasing demand and changing climate conditions which have all converged to significantly impact water management in Washington. The latest state decision (Hirst) and the legislative response Streamflow Restoration Act-ESSB 6091 (SRA), promises to shape streamflow protection efforts, restoration investments and rural water use well into the future with an accompanying $300 million to implement projects. These circumstances require WWT to rapidly clarify how best to engage.
What you will do
Identify and review innovative flow restoration strategies emplyed in other states which may be applicable in Washington in response to changing policy conditions including the Streamflow Restoration Act.
Support WWT policy collaboration with environmental, tribal, and water purveyor partners, to identify strategic approaches and new tools.
Review funded Streamflow Restoration Act 2019 projects, to catalogue projected flow/mitigation benefits; Review historic water rights transfers in select Washington locations to catalogue and evaluate the environmental benefit.
Develop a best practices memo in water rights transfers in light of climate change, evolving water legal regimes, tribal water rights, and the basic specific conditions of priority watersheds.
Draft/Present WWT requests that interns compose a final memo which encompasses all research questions posed, interviews undertaken, literature review conducted, and findings.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Excellent communication skills—written, oral, interpersonal
Strong organizational skills—attention to detail
Familiarity with western water law
Familiarity with water policy issues
Proficient conducting literature reviews sourcing material from both policy and science fields
Ability to work independently and in a team
Initiative, curiosity, resilience, sense of humor
Experience making policy recommendations
Knowledge of aquatic ecology
Familiarity with Washington water law, prior appropriation doctrine
Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors are preferred. Coterms are eligible only if they hold undergraduate status. Possible majors of interest would be Environmental Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Earth Systems, Environmental Engineering, Political Science, Public Polic, STS, and Water Resources