The University of Arizona

WRRC Conference 2014

Closing the Gap Between Water
Supply and Demand

Conference Recap

Join us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center, Tucson, for the Water Resources Research Center's Annual Conference, and help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Water Resources Research Center. Organized in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)

The Colorado River Basin faces a large and growing gap between water supply and demand. In Arizona, water demand exceeds renewable supplies by a margin that is estimated to grow to 1 million acre-feet by 2060. The Water Resources Research Center’s (WRRC) 2014 Annual Conference will explore a range of options to balance the scales of water supply and demand in Arizona. Be a part of this important conversation -- join us for a day of informative presentations, lively discussions and a special poster session that will include a celebration of the WRRC’s 50th anniversary.

The preliminary agenda for the upcoming WRRC Annual Conference includes keynote speakers Michael Lacey (Director, ADWR) and Kay Brothers (Co-Chair, Colorado River Basin Study Next Steps Working Groups Coordination Team). The agenda also includes a broad range of expertise and perspectives in sessions and panels that will explore the water challenges facing our state, as well as potential solutions. The conference will close with a panel discussion and Q&A session led by WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal on, “Closing the Gap: Can we do it?” 

See the program of speakers, panelists and moderators here.

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There will be a poster session after lunch and a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. 

Keynote Speakers

Michael Lacey
Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)

Kay Brothers
Co-Chair, Colorado River Basin Study Next Steps Working Groups Coordination Team

ADWR released its Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability in early 2014, which closely analyzes water supply and demand in Arizona. The report examines potential strategies for water users to manage possible future supply challenges. Read the report here.