Jamie McEvoy is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her presentation draws on nine months of field dissertation research in Los Cabos and La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico. Using empirical evidence from household surveys, semi-structured interviews, and planning documents, McEvoy examines how the introduction of desalinated water into the municipal water supply portfolio has affected water security in the coastal tourist city of Cabo San Lucas, BCS. Additionally, she discusses proposals for a similar desalination plant in the capital city of La Paz and considers alternative water management options that are available for this region.
More than 300 people attended the WRRC's 2013 Annual Conference, "Water Security: From the Gound Up" on March 5. “Arizona Week” host Michael Chihak covered the conference and spoke with WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and speakers Elma Montana, Carly Jerla and Jim Leenhouts.
Dr. Sharon Megdal is Director of the UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), C. W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor and Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. WRRC is a unit that concentrates on state and regional water resources management and policy, including environmental water requirements, aquifer recharge and assessment and planning to meet future water needs in the region.
The University of Arizona hosted its 9th annual Innovation Day at the UA on March 6. The event celebrated the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students and faculty and staff members.
On January 24, 2012, the Water Resources Research Center held its annual conference, Urbanization, Uncertainty and Water: Planning for Arizona's Second Hundred Years, in the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom, Tucson. Arizona's urban areas are growing and some predict that a metropolitan region eventually will extend from Prescott, through the Phoenix area cities, Pinal County and the Tucson area, to south-central Cochise County. The conference addressed many of the vital questions about water in Arizona's future that this prospect raises. Organized in collaboration with the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy, the conference complemented their report Watering the Sun Corridor. Other reports considered during the conferences were the final report of the Water Resources Development Commission and the Grand Canyon Institute's Arizona at the Crossroads: Water Scarcity or Water Sustainability? The one-day conference was preceded by an optional workshop sponsored by the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where the Sun Corridor report was reviewed and discussed. http://ag.arizona.edu/azwater/programs/conf2012/
This video introduces the awesome science TNC Scientists are doing in Arizona and explores Arizona's important natural resources, including wildlife and water. It is intended for students and teachers in the Water Investigations Program to watch as part of Unit 3, Lesson 7. Students and teachers should send any questions they have about the video to their Community Coordinator.
Tom discussed ongoing ADWR initiatives, including the Water Resources Development Commission and development of the Fourth Management Plans for the Active Management Areas. He also touched on the status of implementing the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability and the ongoing Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Tom was available to answer questions after his talk.