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Center for Inland Waters
San Diego State University
April 3, 1998

1. Mission

The mission of the Center for Inland Waters (CIW) is to foster interdisciplinary research among scientists and other scholars and to focus the application of their collective expertise to the solution of water-related problems in southern California and adjoining regions. One major regional focus for the Center will be the Salton Sea, the lower Colorado River, and the Coachella, Imperial and Mexicali valleys. Another will be the streams, rivers and reservoirs of the Pacific drainages of southern California. Topical foci for the Center will include water supply, water use, and water law and policy in the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico, groundwater hydrology, overdrafts and contamination, water-borne diseases, agricultural water use practices, freshwater aquaculture, water quality in drinking water reservoirs, restoration and protection of wildlife habitat along the Colorado River and in its delta, and in the Santa Margarita and Tijuana river watersheds, and collaborative projects with Mexican scientists, professionals and institutions in all these areas.

1.1 The primary goals of the Center for Inland Waters are

a. to conduct original research on inland water resources and on lake, reservoir and river ecosystems

b. to support graduate and undergraduate education at SDSU by helping coordinate courses and curricula that deal with inland water-related issues, by developing new courses, and by developing new facilities (e.g. a field laboratory at the Salton Sea) that can be used for thesis research, special study projects, and class field trips, as well as faculty research.

c. to support public outreach programs, through public lectures, workshops, symposia, etc., and to apply research results to help solve inland water environmental problems (e.g. by making new information available to public resource agencies)

d. to identify opportunities for support of continued and expanded research programs and to stimulate the development of proposals for research funding.

2. Membership

2.1 Categories of Membership

Full Members: Scientists are eligible for full membership who either a) hold tenured or tenure-track faculty or staff scientist appointments in an academic department at San Diego State University, or b) are adjunct faculty members whose primary research operations are based on the SDSU campus and have been in place for a minimum of 2 years and who have demonstrated an interest in inland water-related issues. Full members have voting privileges, may run for office, and be Principal Investigators on research proposals. If belonging to category a (above), they may sponsor Associate Members.

Associate Members: This category is available to SDSU adjunct faculty members (other than those who qualify as above for Full membership), including Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Scientists (see 2.3.1) and Research Associates (see 2.3.2), and SDSU lecturers (see 2.3.3), who are sponsored by a faculty or staff scientist Full Member of the CIW. Associate members may attend meetings, but are not eligible to vote or hold office.

2.2 Application for Membership

Charter members will be drawn from existing faculty in four SDSU Colleges. They include specialists in disciplines such as economics, public health, geographic information systems, remote sensing, environmental engineering, hydrology, water resources, geochemistry, animal physiology, limnology, fisheries biology, and ecotoxicology. Their applications will be reviewed by the Executive Committee. Thereafter, applications for both Full and Associate Membership will be made to the Center for Inland Waters Director. The criterion for membership shall be demonstrated interest in inland water research. Applications will be ratified by the Executive Committee (see 3.2). Applications for Associate Membership must include a sponsor who is a Full Member (see 2.3).

2.3 Sponsorship of Associate Members

Associate Membership or use of facilities requires sponsorship by a Full Member, who must agree to provide any SDSU resources needed by the associate. The Sponsor shall be responsible for the Associate Member’s appropriate use of resources and facilities. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of inland water research, Center for Inland Waters members will occasionally recruit researchers to fill non-tenure-track positions associated with funded projects. These researchers are invited to apply for Associate Membership in the Center.

Persons eligible for Associate Membership include the following:

2.3.1 Research Scientists: Individuals who have a Ph.D. and demonstrated research interests in inland waters research or issues.

2.3.2 Research Associates: Individuals who have a Master’s degree or equivalent experience and demonstrated research interest in inland waters research or who have technical skills appropriate for inland waters research.

2.3.3 Lecturers: Individuals who wish to use facilities of the Center for Inland Waters for teaching.

3. Organizational Structure

3.1 Director

The Director has responsibility for Center for Inland Waters activities (see 3.1.2); maintains an active research program; insures that facilities and equipment proposals are submitted and will be the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on such proposals. The Director shall report to the Dean of the College of Sciences at SDSU and will be subject to a regular three-year review.

3.1.1 Appointment

The Dean of the College of Sciences will be provided with recommendations by the members-at-large for appointing the Director

3.1.2 Responsibilities

a. Provides scientific leadership for the membership

b. Serves as a voting chair of the Executive Committee

c. Establishes policies and procedures in consultation with the Executive Committee

  • d. Supervises the administrative and technical staff of the proposed Salton Sea Laboratory

    e. Develops and administers an annual budget

    f. Prepares and submits a written annual report to the Dean of the College of Sciences

    g. Serves as spokesperson for the Center for Inland Waters

  • 3.2 Executive Committee

    3.2.1 Composition

    The Executive Committee shall consist of six persons. Five must be Full Members of the Center for Inland Waters, including at least one member from each of four Colleges. These members will be nominated from the membership at-large and will be appointed by the Director. Their three-year terms shall be staggered to provide overlap of members from year to year. The sixth member shall be a program manager of the SDSU Foundation who is appointed by the Foundation Director. Seats on the Executive Committee that are vacated before the term of office expires will be filled by appointment by the CIW Director.

    3.2.2 Responsibilities

    The Executive Committee advises the Director and guides the operation of the Center for Inland Waters. It shall be responsible: for developing and reviewing policies and procedures; for considering issues presented by the Dean, and other SDSU entities; and for contributing to the long-term scientific planning process of the Center for Inland Waters. Any member may request to record a vote on significant issues. A permanent record will be kept of formally tendered Executive Committee advice and recommendations.

    The Executive Committee will meet at least once per semester. A meeting may be called at any time by a majority request of the Council or on request of the Director.

    4. Modification of By-Laws

    Proposed changes or amendments to the by-laws shall be submitted to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will decide if the proposed changes merit a ballot of the full membership. Such changes will be submitted to the Full Members, and a two-thirds majority vote (of those voting) will ratify the amendment.

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