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Archive for the ‘Water Resources Graduate Program’ Category

Micro-hydro research honors the memory of Edward Rada

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on May 8, 2009

Edward as a recent graduate of Oregon State College (as it was then), in Agricultural Economics (Class of ’37, MS in Ag Econ in ’41)

Edward as a recent graduate of Oregon State College (as it was then), in Agricultural Economics (Class of ’37, MS in Ag Econ in ’41)

Edward and his wife, Esther M. Rada (class of ’42, Home Economics)

Edward and his wife, Esther M. Rada (class of ’42, Home Economics)

Edward L. Rada was born in Mill City, Oregon in 1916, to Czech immigrant parents.  He left Oregon to serve as a Naval officer in WWII.  He eventually settled in Pasadena, CA, where he earned his doctorate in Economics at University of Southern California.  Edward then joined the faculty at UCLA, retiring in 1986 as Professor Emeritus of Health Economics.  He died in 2005 and is buried near Mill City.

Every summer Edward would return to Mill City for several weeks to walk his boyhood farm and the 25 acres of timberland that he would eventually inherit from his parents. Edward considered the timberland his private “National Forest,” and kept it in near pristine state.

Across the timberland run several creeks, all fed from five different springs.  Edward’s father, Frank, had filed a water rights claim with the state of Oregon in 1948 to use these springs for domestic consumption.  The springs were always considered the most valuable asset of the property and Edward worked hard to preserve their flow and maintain the storage tanks and plumbing that had been built to deliver the water to his parent’s home.  He also strongly believed, long before others, that water would one day be an extremely valuable resource, even in water-rich Western Oregon, and that his springs might eventually be used for power generation.

In that spirit, the Rada family invited Todd Jarvis of OSU’s Water Institute to study the feasibility of operating a spring-fed, hydroelectric micro-turbine on their property.  Jennifer Holderman, an MS student at the Institute, has undertaken this task as her thesis.  Jennifer’s effort is being funded by a gift from Mrs. Esther M. Rada in loving memory of her husband, Edward.


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Micro-Hydro Project

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on April 9, 2009

Check out this video introducing the first joint JD/MS in water resources science student who is researching the feasibility of generating electricity from low flow springs in the Oregon Cascades.

Jennifer’s research is made possible by a gift from Mrs. Esther Rada to the Water Resource Management Research Fund at OSU. The fund is used for the study of water and watershed activities and the pursuit of solutions to the water and related environmental problems of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the world. We asked Todd Jarvis, Associate Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds, for comment:

This project was originally suggested to me by the Rada family as a research project for a graduate student. The Institute for Water and Watersheds and the Water Resources Graduate Program was delighted to assign a student to complete the feasibility study as a research project because it fit perfectly within OSU’s Signature Areas of Distinction, as outlined in the university’s strategic plan of Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems. The project also fits well within the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) program, which researches ways to transform green building and renewable energy research into on-the-ground products, services, and jobs that power Oregon’s green economy. And the Energy Trust of Oregon is also actively researching micro-hydro site suitability using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); we anticipate linking the Rada Family’s investment in the student’s research into this program as one means to ground truth their GIS work.

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