[ES_JOBS_NET] ORISE position for Integrated Water Management; EPA Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett, RI

Matthew Fuller matthew.robert.fuller at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 11:32:14 MDT 2018

An ORISE position is available for a recent Master's degree recipient at
the US Environmental Protection Agency's Atlantic Ecology Division in
Narragansett, RI.  Applicants must apply directly through the Zintellect
web site:

The research participant will be part of a Research team that is developing
tools to assist in Integrated Water Management on community and watershed
scales. The overall project involves the development and application of
EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (
https://www.epa.gov/exposure-assessment-models/wmost). WMOST is a
decision-support tool designed to facilitate cost-effective integrated
water management by communities and watershed organizations involving
elements of storm water, drinking water, wastewater, and land conservation
programs. Version 3 of the tool enables users to plan how to meet selected
targets related to water quantity-related goals such as maintaining base
flows, minimizing peak flows and flooding risks, and maintaining storage
within watersheds as well as water quality goals such as water quality
critieria, loading targets for total maximum daily loads, or minimization
of combined sewer overflow events through the use of combinations of
management options, which combine both gray and green infrastructure.
Version 4 of the tool (in progress) will enable users to evaluate ancillary
co-benefits as well as minimizing overall cost. Use of the WMOST tool
requires exploration of goals and possible management scenarios,
identification of input data, running WMOST, and working with stakeholders
to use WMOST outputs in their decision making.

In addition to tool development, EPA is working on improving user access to
available data required as inputs to WMOST, including hydrologic (and
ultimately water quality) time series from existing hydrologic models such
as HSPF, SWAT, GWLF, and SWMM.  EPA is developing alternative approaches to
enable internet access to these time series as well as other ancillary data
required by WMOST.

The research participant will have the opportunity to run existing models
using both historic and future climate scenarios to produce the time series
with appropriate spatial and temporal resolution required for WMOST, to
learn how to apply a preprocessor to format HSPF and SWAT model outputs to
match WMOST input requirements, and to format data for posting in EPA's
Estuary Data Mapper application (www.epa.gov/edm) and elsewhere. EMD allows
users to identify, visualize, and download environmental data for coastal
watersheds and estuaries. The research participant will also have the
opportunity to assist with case studies involving the application of WMOST
to communities in different climatic regions across the country and testing
of functionality as new modules are developed in WMOST. The case studies
are conducted as collaborative exercises involving communities and
watershed organizations and will involve stakeholder engagement.

Future opportunities (pending funding) will include participation in
development of interfaces for a tiered optimization approach, with Tier 1
optimization conducted at larger river basin scales to meet annual loading
targets at multiple locations, to be followed with more focused
optimization solutions at the HUC12 to HUC10 scale using WMOST.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science
and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement
between DOE and EPA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be
renewed upon recommendation of EPA and is contingent on the availability of
funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with
educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for
participation in this program. The appointment is full-time. Participants
do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there
are no employment-related benefits.
The mentor for this project is Dr. Naomi Detenbeck (detenbeck.naomi at epa.gov
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