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April 9, 2003 Announcements

Utah State Water Initiative Task Force Presents Report to Administration

The Water Initiative Task Force, chaired by professor David G. Tarboton, presented its report to university administrators this week.

President Hall meets with the Water Initiative Task ForceThe task force, established by President Hall, includes representatives from the university’s six colleges involved in water-related activities (Agriculture, Business, Engineering, HASS, Natural Resources and Science) and from many academic departments, programs and units.

The report's executive summary begins, "Utah State University has diverse strengths in water sciences, engineering and policy with existing programs in six colleges. Utah State University President Kermit Hall appointed the Water Initiative Task Force and charged us with recommending ways to strengthen water programs at USU that take advantage of this existing diversity and breadth of faculty expertise."

In the report, the task force recommended the creation of an administrative unit at Utah State that provides an overarching umbrella for the interdisciplinary study of and research in water sciences at the university. This proposed unit would coordinate specific actions, including Water Science Synthesis Activities, an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Integrative Water Sciences, an Experimental Watershed Initiative and General Water Coordination Activities.

To read the report in its entirety, click on the link below. The report is in PDF format. (To download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.)

Water Initiative Task Force Report


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