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Monday, April 25, 2016
A strong El Niño event has been taking place this year. People in Arizona generally welcome the wetter winters brought by El Niño, but in other parts of the world, El Niño can mean droughts, floods, crop failures, and looming food shortages. 
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Effective stakeholder engagement is fundamental to water management, yet there are as many approaches to consultation as there are efforts. “Explore, Synthesize, and Repeat: Unraveling Complex Water Management Issues through the Stakeholder Engagement Wheel”, a paper published open access in Water by Dr. Mott Lacroix and Dr. Megdal provides an evaluation of, and lessons learned from three water management engagement processes, and uses this assessment to offer a framework for stakeholder engagement.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
UA professor Sharon B. Megdal received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Women of Influence event for her outstanding achievements and contributions in water policy and water resources management.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Approximately 275 people attended the WRRC’s 2016 Annual Conference, “#AZwaterfuture: Tech, Talk, and Tradeoffs” at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center on Monday, March 21st
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues.  The internship is supported by Montgomery & Associates, an Arizona-based consulting firm specializing in hydrology and water resource issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico (IBWC) announces the completion of the San Pedro River Aquifer Binational Report. The study marks the first time researchers from both countries have collaborated to collect data and jointly prepare binational maps of the San Pedro River aquifer, which spans the border between the States of Arizona and Sonora near the communities of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Cananea, Sonora.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
In the Fall of 2015 the Water Resources Research Center began the next phase of its “Groundwater Governance in the U.S.” project. A nationwide survey was developed in coordination with an advisory council from the Groundwater Research and Education Foundation (GWREF) and funded by a grant from the GWREF. The survey will be administered to state level officials who oversee groundwater quality programs in 2016 in order to identify on-the-ground practices that may help improve and enhance management of the nation’s water supplies.
Monday, February 8, 2016
NIWR 2016 Annual Meeting February 8-10, 2016 The Hotel George Washington, D.C. The National Institute for Water Resources will hold the 2016 annual meeting for directors, institute staff, and invited guests on February 8-10, 2016 at the Hotel George in Washington, D.C.
Monday, February 1, 2016
The city of Flint, Michigan, has been making headlines since dangerous amounts of lead contaminated the public water supply, forcing residents to turn to bottled water instead of tap. While the water flowing through Tucson is nowhere near the contamination levels that plague Flint, experts weighed in on the safety and quality of the water that runs through this city’s sinks.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Don't miss the 12th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest! Share your favorite treats and try sinfully spectacular creations from other water lovers. This year’s event will be all about the chocolate and the conversation! Invite your favorite water buffalos and get chatting! Mark Your Calendars! Feb. 12, 2016 / 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 12th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest Sol Resnick Conference Room 350 N. Campbell Ave.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The UA Water Network connects university departments and researchers with students, government representatives, businesses, and citizens. Explore the site's 5 themes to build a more cohesive understanding of the University of Arizona's water research and the water issues being faced in the Southwest and around the world. The UA Water Network also hosts the University of Arizona Water Expertise Directory.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Conserve2Enhance (C2E) is an innovative program developed by the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center to help individuals and businesses conserve water and then put the value of those water savings back into their community through locally-led projects.  We need your help to shape the future of C2E! Regardless of whether you have been a participant from the beginning or have never heard of C2E before, we need your input to make C2E tool that can be used by communities across the United States.  
Friday, December 4, 2015
The University of Arizona (UA) and Pima County have recently announced the opening of the Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center in Pima County's new water reclamation facility, Agua Nueva.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Audio coverage of the Nov. 6 community forum, “Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects,” is now available online. The forum was held at the Leo Rich Theater and was free and open to the public. It was hosted by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), in partnership with the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Southern Arizona Water Users Association, and KXCI Radio. Listen to the Audio
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
WRRC Conference Monday March 21st You can still register on the day of the event               Registration for the WRRC's 2016 Annual Conference, "#AZwaterfuture: Tech, Talk, and Tradeoffs," is now open.  Registration fee is $125 Students are welcome to register for a special rate of $45. 
Thursday, November 5, 2015
In the Spring of 2000, when Doug Bennett left the City of Albuquerque to take the job as Conservation Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, he had no idea he’d be coaching one of the nation’s fastest growing cities through the most punishing drought in modern history. Fifteen years later, Las Vegas stands as one of the great success stories of how a community that thrived on a reputation for excess was able to avert the very real prospect of turning away newcomers because there was simply no water to serve them.  
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sustainable management of water resources presents unprecedented and rapidly expanding challenges at multiple spatial and temporal scales. It connect society and environment through energy, food, climate, ecological, health, and economic systems. Meeting these challenges requires interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary strategies. This seminar will provide a brief overview of the role of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in addressing water challenges through innovative training, information transfer, and research approaches. 
Friday, October 30, 2015
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) has released the Fall 2015 issue of its quarterly newsletter, Arizona Water Resource (AWR). This latest issue features highlights from the 2015 WRRC Annual Conference, Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainable Water Practices, including the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Arizona Water Settlements Act and a guest column by the Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, Stephen Lewis. 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
On Nov. 6, 2015, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the WRRC are holding a free community forum on "Sustainable Water for Southern Arizona: Current Conditions and Future Prospects" to discuss our most critical natural resource and its impact on our economy, environment, and way of life.  The forum will be held from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center and will feature a keynote address by Arizona Department of Water Resources Director, Tom Buschatzke, and a panel moderated by WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal.
Monday, October 5, 2015
This presentation will provide a general overview of irrigation management in Yuma County as summarized in the recently completed report entitled A Case Study in Efficiency—Agricultural and Water Use in the Yuma, Arizona Area.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center invites proposals for research grants under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b). Funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Section 104(b) program provides support for research projects on water-related issues of importance to the state and region.  This year the WRRC expects to award three (3) grants of approximately $10,000.  Projects are funded for 12 months. Funded projects start March 1, 2016, contingent on federal budget approval.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
On Sept. 12, the Water Resources Research Center's (WRRC) Water RAPIDS (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program received an Award of Merit at Arizona Forward's 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards in the Environmental Education/Communication category.  Arizona Forward celebrated projects from around the state that demonstrate the delicate balance between environmental quality and economic prosperity. 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
On Sept. 12, the Water Resources Research Center's Water RAPIDS (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program received an Award of Merit at Arizona Forward's 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards in the Environmental Education/Communication category.    Arizona Forward celebrated projects from around the state that demonstrate the delicate balance between environmental quality and economic prosperity.   
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain is part of a team of researchers conducting a three-year project in Myanmar funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project, "Developing a Sustainable Seafood Industry Infrastructure in Myanmar," is a partnership among the UA, Yangon and Pathein Universities in Myanmar, and the Myanmar Fisheries Federation being led by Kevin Fitzsimmons, the Director of International Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As part of the project, Dr.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), recently co-authored an article on Tucson Water (TW) with Alan Forrest, former director of TW and current manager for CH2M. The article, "How a Drought-Resilient Water Delivery System Rose Out of the Desert: The Case of Tucson Water", was published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal American Water Works Association (AWWA) and explores the history of Tucson Water over the past two-plus decades.
Monday, August 3, 2015
The potential for future water shortages in Arizona has raised considerable interest statewide. There is an acknowledged gap between future water demand and supply in Arizona. The gap exists today in some parts of the state. Other areas are secure for the present but face future uncertainties. The variability of the major factors affecting water sources and uses statewide dictates that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to closing the gap for all Arizonans.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The WRRC has released the Summer 2015 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resources (AWR). This latest issue includes coverage of a "Contest Inspiring Home-brewers to Make Beer from Wastewater;" a WRRC student spotlight feature on Ph.D. Student Elia Tapia; a guest view by Joseph Olsen, General Manager, Metro Water District; news briefs; resources; and much more.  The Summer 2015 AWR also includes WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal's policy column, "Details Matter." 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The WRRC contributed two case studies to a recent report on urban water put together by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report, "Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance," uses case studies from around the world to assess the current trends, drivers, obstacles, mechanisms, impacts, costs, and benefits of stakeholder engagement in the water sector. 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Video Coverage of the April 10 Water Policy Forum, "Arizona Solutions to Colorado River Supply Challenges," is now available on YouTube. The forum was hosted by the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and convened by Senator Jeff Flake.  Featured Panelists: 
Friday, April 3, 2015
If you missed the talk, video coverage of Water Sustainability Program (WSP) Distinguished Speaker Brian Richter's March 5 presentation "Chasing Water in a Rapidly Changing World," is now available on YouTube.  
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Beyond The Mirage, an innovative web-based experience, was selected as the winner of The New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge and walked away with the $100,000 grand prize.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
On Wednesday, March 18, Dr. Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. As President of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), Dr. Megdal spoke on behalf of that organization in support of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) program. Administered by the U.S.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Infrastructure Program will launch its 2015 Webcast Series Tuesday, Mar. 24, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST, with the webinar “Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities.” The webinar will feature a presentation from Sonoran Institute Conserve2Enhance (C2E) Coordinator Emily Brott on “Tucson's Conserve to Enhance and Living River Programs: Improving Urban River Corridors for People and Wildlife.” 
Monday, March 16, 2015
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year, to celebrate water and its essential role in the lives of people across the globe. Since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day, World Water Day has shone a spotlight on a different issue every year.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The internship is supported by Montgomery & Associates, an Arizona-based consulting firm specializing in hydrology and water resource issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as source of objective, ac
Friday, February 27, 2015
Projected water deficits mean land and water managers must be proactive in their management of rivers and shallow aquifers if they want to maintain the ecosystems dependent upon them. To manage these resources, managers and decision makers need easy access to the best techniques available for determining how much water ecosystems need.  
Friday, February 20, 2015
Two world-renowned researchers will give a Brown Bag seminar at the UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Thursday, Feb. 26 (10:30 am – 12:00 p.m.) on “Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems.” Dr. Alistair B.A. Boxall, Environment Department, University of York (UK), will present “Drugs Down the Drain: Impacts of Medicines in the Natural Environment,” and Dr.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Now well into its second decade, Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world’s most important resources —groundwater. The National Groundwater Association spearheads this annual effort to raise public awareness about groundwater and water well stewardship. Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The Water Sustainability Program will host a lecture and book signing by international water expert Brian Richter, author of "Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability," on Thursday, March 5, 2014, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the University of Arizona Student Unions' Tucson and Catalina Rooms. In "Chasing Water," Richter tells a cohesive and complete story of water scarcity: where it is happening, what is causing it, and how it can be addressed.  More here.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Registration is open for the Western Governors' Drought Forum Webinar Series featuring western experts on water and drought management. The webinar will explore the technological and regulatory obstacles to utilizing re-used, produced, and brackish water. 
Friday, January 30, 2015
The WRRC has released the Winter 2015 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resources (AWR). This latest issue includes coverage of the legacy the former Southern Arizona Water Resources Association; diminishing hydropower production in the West; a WRRC student spotlight feature on Graduate Student Ling-Yee Huang; "Catch the Rain" WRRC 2014 Photo Contest Winners; news briefs; a book review; and much more. 
Friday, January 23, 2015
Don Gross's Brown Bag presentation will include a brief history of the development of the Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) and its structure. This will be followed by an overview of the various planning studies in which CRSS was used and information on how CRSS is utilized in the operation of the Colorado River.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
In the latest edition of the WRRC's Arizona Water Resource (AWR) Newsletter, Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), shares her 15 water wishes for 2015. Among the many wishes, Dr. Megdal hopes for the general public to become more informed and excited about water, for more conservation to narrow the gap between water supply and demand, for Arizonans to address the water needs of the state’s natural areas and for the WRRC to continue and expand its collaborative work with local, national and international entities.
Friday, January 9, 2015
In this opinion piece, Soak It In, Water Resources Research Center director Sharon B. Megdal discusses what Arizonans should know about their water future. Water is scarce, but by staying informed, Arizonans can do their part to avert a crisis.  Megdal urges people to find out where their water comes from and encourages them to keep up with water issues and talk to neighbors, friends, water providers and elected officials about what they need to do to ensure that Arizona's water glass stays full.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Robert Glennon's Brown Bag presentation will feature a discussion of his recent publication with coauthors Peter Culp and Gary Libecap: Shopping for Water: How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West. Shopping for Water explores the American West’s long tradition of conflict over water and how using market forces to facilitate the movement of water resources and to mitigate the risk of water shortages could contribute to a lasting solution.  
Friday, January 9, 2015
The Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona's Natural Areas is now available.  The Roadmap contains information on the current scientific understanding of water for natural areas and existing legal considerations for providing water to natural areas, examples of where natural areas are already included in water management decisions, and an overview of available paths forward for including natural areas alongside human uses.  Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona's Natural Areas
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Colorado River Basin blankets a 246,000 square mile area that includes parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as portions of the states of Baja and Sonora Mexico. Water delivered from the Colorado River serves nearly 40 million municipal and industrial customers, 22 Native American tribes and more than 6 million acres of irrigated agriculture. In addition 7 wildlife refuges, four national recreation areas and 11 national parks depend on the river for vital water supplies.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Registration is now open for this Annual Workshop co-sponsored by the WRRC, to be held at the SRP PERA Club in Tempe on January 14, 2015.
Friday, December 12, 2014
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and WRRC Assistant Director Susanna Eden recently co-authored an article on a modeling framework analysis that incorporates climate projections for water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River in Arizona.  The article, “Climate change and water resources management in the Upper Santa Cruz River, Arizona,” was published in the Journal of Hydrology and is now available online, free of charge.   Highlights of the article:
Thursday, December 11, 2014
On Monday, December 8, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Associate Director Jean McLain met with eight women scientists from Pakistan to discuss issues related to agricultural water use in Arizona and current research projects focused on water use by irrigated food crops. The scientists are visiting locations in the U.S. from November 29 to December 19 under the Women in Agriculture: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders project. They were invited to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1984 authorizes annual funding to support an institute for water resources research in each state at its land grant college or other designated university. Currently there are a total of 54 U.S. water institutes in the states and in Pacific islands. The Water Resources Research Act Program, administered by the U.S.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Streams and aquifers are hydraulically connected in many hydrologic systems across Arizona.  Such a connection occurs when the groundwater level in an aquifer intersects a stream, spring, or even the roots of riparian plants.  In these hydraulically-connected systems, the surface water and groundwater interact as a stress imposed on one part has an effect on the other.  Often this interaction is observed as a reduction in stream base flow caused by groundwater withdrawals from a connected aquifer – a process often called “streamflow depletion” or “capt
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Arguably, fresh water is becoming our most valuable commodity. Where once we could expect to turn on the tap and receive a never-ending supply of fresh, clean, safe water —climate and contamination are threatening to upend this reliability. For this reason and due to his innate curiosity, Professor Brian Berkowitz of Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has a research focus that centers around experimental analysis and computer modeling of fluid and chemical transport through geological formations, with an emphasis on groundwater systems.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Host Gilad Halpern is joined by Prof. Sharon Megdal, director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, US. She visited Israel for the ‘Drylands, Deserts and Desertification Conference’ at Ben-Gurion University. Megdal discusses how limited water resources should be managed in arid areas like Israel and Arizona, and what she has learned from – as well as taught – her Israeli colleagues.
Monday, November 24, 2014
In celebration of its 70th anniversary (1945-2015), the Colorado River Water Users Association (CRWUA) has put together a detailed timeline of the history of the Colorado River from 1869 to the present. The timeline displays key water events including negotiations over the apportionment of the River, important acts, international treaties, and some of CRWUA’s work.    
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
On Nov. 14, Director of the UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), Sharon B. Megdal was named Morrison Institute Distinguished Fellow at the Institute’s annual State of Our State Conference. The title of Distinguished Fellow was created in 2012 to not only recognize Arizona’s best and brightest in public policy, but also tap into their knowledge and expertise for their insights on certain policy-relevant issues.
Monday, November 17, 2014
A new report by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. Water withdrawals in the United States in 2010 were estimated to be about 355 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d), which was 13 percent less than in 2005.   
Friday, November 14, 2014
Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), recently co-authored an article on the Colorado River and the Jordan River with Assaf Chen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Adam Abramson (Ben-Gurion University) and Nir Becker (Tel-Hai College, Israel), which was published Nov. 12 in the Journal of Arid Environments.   
Thursday, November 13, 2014
DAMNED IF WE DON’T! Ideas for accelerating change around water is a series of essays written by thought leaders who are addressing, head-on, the issues surrounding water. With an intention to share ideas, broaden perspectives and encourage people to continue with an ongoing dialogue, this book represents a shared vision to help accelerate much needed change around water.
Friday, November 7, 2014
You know that trickle of water you see exiting the pipe connected to your home air conditioning system?  For large commercial buildings condensate water from heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can add up to more than a million gallons per year.  Routing this water to the sewage drain not only wastes water that can be used for non-potable applications on-site, it also unnecessarily burdens the city’s water treatment system.  As you can imagine, the drought across the southwestern United States has prompted a serious look at alternative water sources
Friday, November 7, 2014
A new report released by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) and the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill details the results of a statewide survey of water and wastewater rates and rate structures in Arizona conducted by WIFA and EFC in 2014. The 2014 annual report, Water and Wastewater Service Pricing in Arizona, answers frequently asked questions about what utilities are charging, their rate structure designs, billing practices, rate increases, affordability and cost recovery.  
Friday, October 31, 2014
The UA Water Resources Research Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 WRRC Photo Contest: Joanne Toms, Luke Parsons and Jessica Driscoll.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Throughout Arizona the release of effluent is maintaining flows of many river reaches. Along the Lower Santa Cruz River in Pima County, two major regional facilities release effluent into the river. These two facilities are undergoing significant upgrades. The release of higher-quality water is a key ingredient in supporting wetland health along the river, but how can we gauge conditions of this valuable ecosystem and community amenity? Pima County and Sonoran Institute have partnered to develop an annual report series to track and communicate wetland conditions. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This issue includes coverage of Arizona's research into algae biofuels; water quality, reuse and management research; a guest column from the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona; a special feature on how an international hydrological initiative is helping support water forecasting and monitoring in Africa; a WRRC student spotlight feature on Graduate Student Reshet Gebremariam; news briefs; book reviews; and much more. The Fall 2014 edition also includes WRRC Director Sharon B.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
On Friday, Oct. 10, two graduate student workers from the laboratory of WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain were awarded prizes for their poster presentations at the 5th Annual University of Arizona Food Safety Consortium Conference.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is now accepting proposals for research grants under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b). Funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Section 104(b) program provides support for research projects on water-related issues of importance to the state and region. This year the WRRC expects to fund three (3) grants of approximately $10,000. Projects are funded for 12 months.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2014) -- Last week, 1,080 fourth graders from Flagstaff’s private, charter, and public schools gathered at the Flagstaff Water Festival at Foxglenn Park (4200 E. Butler Ave.) to learn about Arizona’s water resources and water on the earth system.  
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal Elected President of NIWR Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), has been elected President of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) for 2014-15. Effective Oct. 1, Megdal will serve as President for a one-year term, which follows her one-year term as President-Elect.  
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Arizona Project WET (APW) team received an Award of Merit in The Environmental Education category at Arizona Forward’s “black tie optional” 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards in Scottsdale, Ariz. APW was recognized for engaging thousands of students in programs involving creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
When it rains in Tucson, rainwater flows off yards, parking lots and streets into storm drains and desert washes. Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) “Clean Water Starts With Me!” outreach campaign arrives in Tucson each monsoon season, spreading the message that we can all help maintain healthy, pollutant-free stormwater in our community.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Water Resources Research Center’s Arizona Project WET and Conserve2Enhance (C2E) programs have partnered with Tucson Water, SmartScape and Tucson Village Farm to help create unique opportunities for water education at the Farm.
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12 - 1 p.m. to complete its Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona's Natural Areas, and your input is needed! The Roadmap marks the culmination of a three-year project in which more than 1,000 stakeholders participated in surveys, focus groups, workshops and presentations.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The WRRC is a co-sponsor for the Arizona State Museum's upcoming 2014 Native Eyes Film Showcase, "Honoring the Power of Coming Together," which includes three days of film events on Oct. 24 and 26, and Nov. 12. This year's showcase will include screenings of films by and about Native Americans and indigenous peoples, with the theme of honoring the power of coming together for social change.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Increasing water demand and decreasing supply bring increased urgency for drought solutions to California and other Southwestern states. Unpredictable weather patterns, reduction in California’s snowpack and poor infrastructure contribute to an unstable water supply, rendering fresh water availability as one of the most important issues facing the 21st century. Sharona Sokolow (Ph.D.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Freeport McMoRan’s Community Investment Fund has awarded the WRRC a $22,000 grant to develop an Arizona Water 101 educational program in Green Valley/Sahuarita, Ariz. The grant will fund an expansion of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Arizona Water Festival put on by Arizona Project WET -- which reaches about 1,000 4th grade students -- and an adult community education series on the water related challenges and opportunities facing the community.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Sierra Vista's Cherry Creek Radio (KTAN 1420 AM) recently sat down with WRRC Associate Director Dr. Jean McLain to discuss her research on antibiotic resistance. McLain gave an hour-long interview to host Chris Dowling on the results of her recently completed University of Arizona workshop, "Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science."
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Brittany Xiu, Coordinator for the WRRC's Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program, recently penned an article published in the Fall newsletter for Colorado WaterWise.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Groundwater depletion has become a global crisis. Decision-makers at all levels desperately need to understand the unseen system beneath their feet and its connection to the earth’s hydrologic cycle. Yet teaching groundwater concepts is extremely challenging; foundational misconceptions about groundwater’s location, movement, and connection to the hydrologic cycle are common. The use of models can help people construct accurate mental models of the groundwater system. Come explore this important water resource with the WRRC in celebration of Protect Your Groundwater Day!
Friday, September 5, 2014
The Colorado River Basin is one of the nation's most important water catchments. The economy and ecology of the Basin combine to create a high quality of life for millions of people. Inner and outer Basin dependence on Colorado River water has created immense pressure on this natural system, especially in light of recent drought events. Without wise management of natural capital assets, especially water supply resources and riverside habitat, the sustainability of the agricultural economy, general water supply needs, and wildlife of the Basin are threatened.
Friday, August 22, 2014
UANews recognizes UA Water Resources Research Center’s Conserve2Enhance (C2E) Program for its efforts in helping Tucson residents save millions of gallons of water while investing $60,000 in local enhancement projects. C2E Program Coordinator, Brittany Xiu spoke to UA News contact, Shelley Littin, about the Tucson C2E program, how it works, water conservation tactics and more. 
Friday, August 22, 2014
Robert H. Webb will discuss his recently published book, "Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River." For thousands of years, the Santa Cruz River has been a focal point in Southern Arizona. A detailed reconstruction of riverine changes in the vicinity of Tucson, Ariz., reveals the interrelationships among riparian ecosystems, water supply, flood control and land use.
Monday, July 28, 2014
The WRRC has released the Summer 2014 edition of its quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resource (AWR). This issue includes coverage of advanced water recycling technologies from NASA; the installation of a new smart water metering system in Oro Valley, Ariz.; savings from the installation of demand-controlled pumps in Sierra Vista, Ariz.; an in-depth review of the "Closing the Gap: How Can We Do It?" panel session from the WRRC's 2014 Annual Conference; a Student Spotlight feature on WRRC Graduate Assistant Nathaniel Delano; water news briefs and much more. 
Friday, July 18, 2014
The UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) recently released its newly redesigned 2014 Arroyo on a vital topic in Arizona: What is the Value of Water? This year's Arroyo -- a free, 16-page annual publication devoted to a single water topic of timely interest in Arizona -- is a wide-ranging review of the surprisingly complex subject of water's value, beyond its price.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Project WET’s (APW) Alexander Prescott helped lead Middle School Earth Camp at Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) last month. Earth Camp is a partnership between APW, the UA College of Science and the Planetary Science Institute.
Monday, June 23, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. (June 23, 2014) – The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) published a policy brief last week from University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Director Sharon B. Megdal. “Facing an Uncertain Colorado River Basin Future” addresses in detail how the Colorado River is regionally allocated, and discusses how agriculture and municipalities can work together to close gaps between water supply and demand predicted in the 2012 Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
NEW YORK, NY (June 19, 2014) – University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Director Sharon B. Megdal participated in a panel briefing at the United Nations today on potential solutions to global water challenges. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partners arranged the “Every Drop of Water Makes a Difference” briefing in New York, to discuss water-related issues affecting arid countries with 250 members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and U.N. representatives.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) 2014 Annual Conference, "Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Change" at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., announced that is will webcast its June 18-20 USDA Blue-Green-Grey sessions live. The webcast sessions are open to the public, and anyone listening in will be able to submit questions. The Blue-Green-Grey sessions will also be recorded for future viewing.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The University of Arizona Press recently released Requiem for the Santa Cruz River: An Environmental History of an Arizona River, by Bob Webb, Julio Betancourt, Roy Johnson and Ray Turner.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This monsoon season, Arizona photographers are invited to “Catch the Rain” through their camera lens for a chance at cash prizes in the UA Water Resources Research Center’s (WRRC) 2014 Photo Contest. Through Friday, Sept. 26, submit unique photos of how people and nature in Arizona capture and use the rain in two category options: Catch and Reuse: Rainwater harvesting; natural or constructed water collection; low water use landscapes; rainwater runoff/collection; rainscapes, xeriscapes, rain gardens, food gardens; cisterns, tanks and earthworks; etc.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The University of Arizona will host an Aug. 5-8 workshop to be held at Biosphere 2, "Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science," which was co-organized by WRRC Associate Director Dr. Jean McLain. 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), recently co-authored a paper on Arizona water banking with Peter Dillon (CSIRO Land and Water, Australia) and Kenneth Seasholes (Central Arizona Project), which was published May 28 in the Journal Water. 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
WRRC Associate Director Dr. Jean McLain was featured in the June 2014 issue of CSA News, a monthly publication for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Sponsors First-Ever Sahuarita-Green Valley Water Festival  
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Weekly Wave e-News Digest is distributed each Friday, and contains WRRC news, events and much more. The Wave features weekly updates on the WRRC’s ongoing Brown Bag Seminar Series – informal water-focused presentations open to the public – as well as information on the WRRC Annual Conference.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain, with collaborators Kurt Nolte (Yuma Agricultural Center) and Channah Rock (Maricopa Agricultural Center) has been awarded funding from the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Specialty Crops Block Grant Program, for a project entitled: “Creation of Self-Sterilizing Harvesting Tools.”
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The WRRC has released the Spring 2014 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resource (AWR). The latest edition of the AWR features the April 8, 2014 WRRC Annual Conference, "Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand," as well as an in-depth article on the effects of drought on California farming. The Spring issue includes a number of water-focused news briefs and announcements, a special insert featuring the WRRC's 50-year history, and a special column by WRRC Director Sharon B.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. (May 6, 2014) - The Desert Water Harvesting Initiative (DWHI), a program of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, has released its new Water Harvesting Assessment Toolbox. 
Monday, April 28, 2014
Brown Bag speaker Prof. Ariel Dinar (University of Calif., Riverside) will present, "Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts to Analyze Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the Jucar Basin, Spain" from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Prof. Dinar's presentation is co-sponsored by the UA Water Sustainability Program, Institute of the Environment, and the Renewable Energy Network, and will be held in the WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave).
Friday, April 25, 2014
The University of Arizona accepts applications year-round for its Masters Degree program in Water, Society and Policy. Undergraduates nearing graduation and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply for this Master of Science program, which provides career opportunities in water, policy and people. Graduates of the program will understand the basic principles of hydrology, social science, management, law, and policy and be able to make informed decisions regarding water resources.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mark Taylor's presentation will focus on water quality-related issues in developing countries, in particular Bolivia and Guatemala. The most alarming water quality issues in developing countries are related to acute contaminants, more specifically microbial contamination of their source waters. The irony is that these hazardous microbial contaminants, also called as pathogens, are induced by humans and animals, primarily due to the lack of proper sanitation facilities and practices. Biological pathogens that were analyzed consisted of bacteria, viruses, and multiple types of protozoa.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
(TUCSON, Ariz.) April 30, 2014 – Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ward 4 Representative Shirley Scott will attend the Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program’s May 9 dedication event at Lincoln Regional Park’s Atturbury Wash, the site of the first-ever C2E-funded riparian enhancement project (9 a.m., 8280 E. Escalante Rd.).
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Institute of the Environment will co-present a special Earth Day (April 22) pre-screening of the documentary Watermark from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Loft Cinema in Tucson. WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain will moderate a panel discussion following the film, featuring panelists Chris Scott, Francisco Zamora Arroyo and Lucero Radonic.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The WRRC will host four workshops with the Hydrologic Research Center (HRC) of San Diego during the month of April on the GCASE (Groundwater, Climate And Stakeholder Engagement) program. The GCASE team is seeking workshop participants’ input to help determine the transferability within Arizona and to other regions of the innovative modeling and engagement methodologies employed by the project. Prescott Workshop: April 22 (1:30 – 3:30 p.m.) Phoenix Workshop: April 23 (9 – 11 a.m.) Tucson Workshop: April 29 (1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Water educators from Arizona Project WET (APW) will head to the Colorado River delta in Sonora, Mexico April 9-11 with the Sonoran Institute and Arizona Sonora Desert Museum during a temporary “pulse flow” of the River, to help restore the delta habitat. Follow the APW team on its trip! Read updated blog posts here: http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/blog
Friday, April 4, 2014
Arizona Project WET (APW) is seeking 30 volunteers to help teach 4th graders about water science and conservation on Thursday, April 17 from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Tucson Water Festival, sponsored by Tucson Water and to be located at the James D. Kreigh Park.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Nine teams of high school students from around the state tested their environmental field skills March 21-22 at the University of Arizona’s research farm, the Maricopa Agricultural Center in the Town of Maricopa.    Prescott’s Tri-City College Prep High School students developed the winning sustainable agriculture model to capture the 2014 Arizona Envirothon championship on Saturday.  Each student on the winning five-member team earned a $500 scholarship; their coach was also award a $500 stipend.  
Friday, March 14, 2014
Gilbert Council Member Jenn Daniels lauded the Town of Gilbert Water Conservation department at last week’s Town Council meeting. “Today, 800 fourth graders were taught about water and water conservation. It was a tremendous volunteer effort.” Daniels also attended the Water Festival and personally thanked volunteers.  
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The WRRC's March 13 Brown Bag seminar (Colorado River Simulation System [CRSS] - Overview and Use in Planning and Operation of the Colorado River) -- has been cancelled. 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The WRRC's Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program has opened another grant cycle to fund local community enhancement projects.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SWES Master’s Student Published in Nature Scientific Reports
Monday, February 17, 2014
Kathryn Sorensen will speak about the City of Phoenix's relative lack of wells, which creates a very different picture of resiliency compared to Tucson water in both good and bad ways. She will also address how this is a good thing for long-term aquifer management, but is also a potential vulnerability during drought. Special Time: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. More here.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) released its Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability in early 2014, which closely analyzes water supply and demand in Arizona. Recent studies – including the Colorado Water River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study – indicate the potential for a long-term gap between water supply and demand in Arizona if no action is taken. ADWR’s Strategic Vision examines potential strategies for water users across Arizona to manage possible future supply challenges.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Arizona Project WET Implements SWAP Program at Booth-Fickett School
Monday, January 27, 2014
Alteration of springs ecosystems has become a global environmental crisis, warranting local, national and global conservation attention. Springs are ecologically important habitats that support elevated biological and socio-cultural diversity, including more than 15 percent of endangered species in the United States, while providing $5 billion per year in bottled water sales revenue. However, springs are inadequately recognized and protected, and have been poorly mapped. They have been insufficiently studied as ecosystems, and few remain ecologically intact.
Monday, January 27, 2014
The WRRC has released the Winter 2014 issue of its recently redesigned quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resources (AWR). The latest edition of the new-look AWR highlights land fallowing and satellite monitoring of groundwater, and features a Q&A with Raanan Adin (CEO, Adin Holdings Ltd.) and much more. The Winter 2014 AWR also includes WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal's Public Policy Review column, "Key Messages for CRWUA Highlight Arizona's Achievements, Yet More Efforts Are Needed."
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Mark Your Calendars! Join the WRRC on Friday, Feb. 14 for our 10th annual Chocolate Fest, co-sponsored by the UA Water Sustainability Program. Enjoy chocolate creations from local kitchens and around the world, live music performances and more!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Chris Udall, Executive Director of the Agri-Business Council of Arizona (ABC), will introduce Brown Bag attendees to the Council and its purpose, and familiarize them with the issues in which it is currently involved. More here.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
One-day workshop Organized by the AZ Water Research Committee in association with the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Join us for this interactive one-day workshop dedicated to the Arizona water industry. It is designed to: Bridge the gaps between scientific research and utility/industry needs.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
C2E Program Awarded $152,000 Grant from Walton Family Foundation TUCSON, Ariz. (Dec. 18, 2013) – The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) has received a one-year grant of $152,568 from the Walton Family Foundation to support continued development of the innovative Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program originally developed at the WRRC and piloted in Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently awarded a $150,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to support the Water Investigations Program (WIP) in the Phoenix Valley.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Speaker: Ron Elkins, Wetlands Process Control Specialist for City Of Phoenix Tres Rios Flow Regulating Wetlands Presentation: Tres Rios: Wetland Ecology in an Arid Environment Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.  Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Keep in touch with the WRRC through Facebook and Twitter! Get easy access to WRRC news, event notices, videos, photos, awards, volunteer and career opportunities, and much more. Like us on Facebook to keep us in your news feed at facebook.com/AZWRRC. 
Monday, November 25, 2013
April 8, 2014: The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center (Tucson, Ariz.) Organized in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Monday, November 25, 2013
April 8, 2014: The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center (Tucson, Ariz.) Organized in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) Online registration is open through April 2. Regular registration is $125, and students are welcome to register for just $35.
Friday, November 15, 2013
WRRC Associate Director Dr. Jean McLain recently spoke with WCHE Radio in Tampa, Fla. about her presentation at the Nov.
Friday, November 8, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2013) – Arizona Project WET (APW) announced the launch of its new website today at https://arizonawet.arizona.edu. The new site highlights the many different programs and services APW offers, and focuses on its mission of developing water stewardship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) literacy in three ways: (1) Providing teacher professional development focused on 21st century skills,
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Special Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m. Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell) Speaker: Dr. Katie Meehan (Univ. of Oregon) Note: This presentation will also be available for remote attendance via Blackboard Collaborate.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Friday, Nov. 8 Brown Bag: SRP & GRIC - Gila River Water Storage and Water Planning for the Community and Arizona Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m. Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell)
Friday, November 1, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2013)  – Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), met with His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan earlier this week as a representative of the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) and the University of Arizona.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The WRRC and the Hydrologic Research Center are conducting research designed to help water managers deal with climate uncertainties through a collaborative model development process. Groundwater, Climate And Stakeholder Engagement (GCASE) is a project combining an innovative modeling framework with extensive stakeholder participation. The WRRC will host a Nov. 20 Milestone Workshop in Tucson (Sol Resnick Conference Room, 350 N. Campbell). The workshop will present the results of a case study focusing on the Upper Santa Cruz River and the shallow groundwater aquifers near Nogales, Ariz.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Environment Program at the WRRC has officially changed its name to the Water RAPIDS (Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems). The new moniker more fully encompasses the focus of the program, which includes new approaches to water resource management that integrate traditional natural resources planning with land use planning.  The Water RAPIDS program aims to help communities balance a secure water future for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors with the water demands of natural dryland systems.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The WRRC has released the Fall 2013 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resource (AWR). The latest edition of the AWR features a brand-new look, and covers urban waterways, local habitat revitalization through C2E grants, and WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal's Public Policy Review column, "Shortage Projections May Inspire Changes in Thinking." Fall 2013 Arizona Water Resource
Friday, October 11, 2013
Dr. Jean McLain, Associate Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) will present her recent research findings at the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society International on Nov. 5 in Tampa, Fla. The theme of the 2013 Tampa conferences is “Water, Food, Energy and Innovation for a Sustainable World.”  
Thursday, October 3, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – More than 660 fourth graders gathered with their teachers and parents at Foxglenn Park on Sept. 26 to learn about water on the earth system with the help of 37 volunteers from the City of Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Public Health District.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), spoke with host Georgia Davis on Monday night's edition of Arizona Illustrated Science about water harvesting and the future of water in Arizona and the Southwest region. See the complete interview here.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Pima County Regional Flood Control District Monthly Brown Bag Series Speaker: Jean McLain, Ph.D. (Associate Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center)  Presentation: Antibiotic Resistance and Recycled Municipal Wastewater: Is There a Link?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This is the WRRC response to Phase III of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Strategic Planning Process. This document explains our unit’s purpose, vision, mission and shared values, and details specific strategic goals that will enable the WRRC to realize its vision for 2021.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently named the winner of the 2013 Gold Award for a long publication from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) for its Water Scene Investigation educational publication. APW also won a Silver Award in the Outstanding Team category.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
While many UA employees spent the summer hunkered down in air-conditioned offices, one was able to escape the heat in a big way. Betsy Wilkening, program coordinator for the UA's Arizona Project WET, recently returned to Tucson from a 15-day expedition through Greenland and Nunavut in the Canadian High Arctic aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer.... Read entire story
Friday, September 13, 2013
2021 Strategic Plan This is the WRRC response to Phase III of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Strategic Planning Process. This document explains our unit’s purpose, vision, mission and shared values, and details specific strategic goals that will enable the WRRC to realize its vision for 2021.
Monday, September 9, 2013
The WRRC has partnered with the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) as a co-sponsor for 2013 Protect Your Groundwater Day on Tuesday, Sept. 10.  
Thursday, September 5, 2013
STOCKHOLM – Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), gave an invited presentation at a workshop yesterday at the prestigious World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The 4th Annual University of Arizona Food Safety Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Sponsored by the UA Food Safety Consortium, the 2013 conference includes a number of distinguished speakers representing growers, processors and safety regulators from a diverse array of food industries. Researchers attending the workshop will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and learn about current food and water safety concerns and research needs.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The 2012 WRRC Annual Report is now available for download. Explore the report to learn more about the WRRC, its collaborative research, programs, publications and outreach. In 2012, the WRRC experienced growth and changes to its staff and programs and made progress toward its strategic goals. Read the report here.  
Friday, July 26, 2013
The WRRC has released the Summer 2013 edition of its quarterly newsletter Arizona Water Resource (AWR).
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program (WSP) recently released a summary of of its funded water-related research in a four-page insert within the Water Resources Research Center's (WRRC) Summer 2013 Arizona Water Resource newsletter.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Congratulations to the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s Jacob Prietto, who recently won Second Place in the Central Arizona Project’s 2013 Award for Water Research competition. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any of Arizona’s colleges or universities submitted research papers focused on water issues that affect Central and Southern Arizona or the Colorado River.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
The use of marginal water has grown significantly in Israel over the past 20 years. Currently, Israel averages more than 80 percent reuse of wastewater nationally. Uses of geothermal water, recycled wastewater and graywater in the Negev Desert Region include crop irrigation, brackish-water aquaculture, and landscape and parkland irrigation. Although marginal waters are a promising resource, potential negative environmental effects include possible contamination of groundwater and human health risks.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain joined Teacher-Intern Kourtney Brown on Thursday, July 18th as Kourtney presented the results of her Summer 2013 research at a poster session administered by the Arizona Partners in Science program.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) recently launched an interactive website for participants of its GCASE program (Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management), which seeks to facilitate two-way communication between modelers and stakeholders in the Santa Cruz Active Management Area with a focus on incorporating climate change information into water planning and management.   
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
From June 24-26, WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain will attend the Climate Leadership Academy on Adaptive Water Resource Management and Infrastructure in Philadelphia, Penn. McLain was invited to join a team representing Tucson, which includes environmental leaders from the City of Tucson, Pima County and the Pima Association of Governments.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Have a question about water research and activities at the University of Arizona? We’ve got answers! The WRRC and the Water Sustainability Program have compiled a searchable expertise directory of the 300-plus UA faculty and staff who specialize in all things water. These recognized experts cover the entire spectrum of water – from hydrology and technology, to sustainability and governance – spanning more than 50 subject areas and 70 UA departments.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tucson’s Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program – developed in partnership with UA’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Sonoran Institute – has awarded $31,000 in grants to four local neighborhood improvement projects.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal has been elected President of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) for 2014-15. NIWR is a national organization of Water Resources Research Institutes with 54 member institutions -- one in each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Effective this October, Megdal will serve as President-Elect for a one-year term, after which she will serve as President for a year.
Friday, March 29, 2013
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and UA professor Robert G. Varady led discussion groups at the United Nations World Water Day conference on March 22. Dr. Megdal spoke about the Conserve to Enhance program during a breakout session on how water cooperation can help preserve the environment. See the full story here: http://uanews.org/blog/ua-water-experts-speak-united-nations-event"
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) has just released its 2013 annual Arroyo – a 12-page newsletter devoted to a single topic of timely interest to Arizona. This year, the topic is “Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water,” a subject that has raised questions from the public and challenged water managers and regulators across the country. 
Monday, March 11, 2013
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. 
Friday, March 8, 2013
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues.  The internship is supported by Montgomery & Associates, an Arizona-based consulting firm specializing in hydrology and water resource issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Jean McLain, Associate Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), is leading an investigation into the biological and chemical quality of harvested rainwater in Arizona. Along with Leif Abrell (Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science) and Nathan Allen (Biosphere 2 Center), McLain is assessing if inline filtration devices increase the quality of the harvested rainwater and decrease health risks.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 WRRC Photo Contest: Leif Abrell, Magdalena Donahue, Bryce Emily Megdal, Megan A. Powers, and Meghan Smart. These photographers’ winning photos went above and beyond in capturing this year’s theme of Water: The Human Element, showcasing the unique ways people interact with water in our arid state. The slide show below showcases Arizona’s water landscape, through the photographer’s lens.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Brown Bag seminars are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N.   Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ.  The WRRC building is located on the west side of Campbell Avenue between 6th   and 8th Streets; parking is available.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The recent presenter for the Water Sustainability 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., Colorado Supreme Court, shared his insight about western water law and his unique talents for poetry and photography. His talk, which can be viewed here, focused on the landscape, people, and water of the Four Corner states. Throughout his presentation he shared some of his own poetry on these subjects and many photographs.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Check out WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal's interview on Arizona Illustrated with host Jane Poynter (starting at 15:55 in the program). Dr. Megdal discusses water security in Arizona and the WRRC's upcoming March 5 Annual Conference, "Water Security, From the Ground Up." Register online today to take part in this interactive water dialogue! If you don't see a video on this page, please click here.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Don't miss the 9th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest. Enjoy chocolate from local kitchens and around the world. This year's event will feature the book launch for Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, Sharon B. Megdal, Robert G. Varady, Susanna Eden, Eds., CRC Press.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Desert Water Harvesting Initiative section of the WRRC site is now live. The Water Resources Research Center established the Desert Water Harvesting Initiative to enhance outreach and communication between utilities, practitioners of water harvesting, academics, and interested citizens. More
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Over 500 fourth graders, 23 NAU future teachers and many representatives from the City of Flagstaff, Willow Bend and other departments from NAU heard the recent challenge put forth by Alexandra Cousteau to give more attention to the water crisis. They all came to participate in Arizona Project Wet Water Festival, where they learned all about this precious resource. More>>
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) would like to thank the speakers, moderators, sponsors, attendees, volunteers, students and staff who helped make our 2013 Annual Conference, "Water Security, From the Ground Up," such a success.   Click here for more information on the March 5, 2013 conference.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
WRRC is pleased to announce our Arizona WRRC 2012 Photo Contest. This year’s theme is, Water – The Human Element Arizona is a region of extremes when it comes to water sources and resources. Water, in one form or another, can be found everywhere and affects everything: environment, communities, people, etc.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The WRRC and the Sonoran Institute are co-hosting a screening of the film WATERSHED, immediately followed by a guest panel that includes WRRC Director, Sharon Megdal. Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Please join us September 19th, 7pm at the Loft Theater in Tucson to watch the film and participate in a discussion of challenges and opportunities to related to water in the West.
Friday, August 10, 2012
The School Water Audit Program developed by Arizona Project WET at the Water Resources Research Center combines water education with practical applications of scientific methodology and water efficient technology. It brings community members together with students for the purpose of accomplishing a unified goal: water stewardship. It is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in practice!
Friday, August 3, 2012
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is happy to announce that all four regional bulletins on environmental flows and water demands are now available.  The series of bulletins cover the entire state in four regions: Central, Southeastern, North/Northeastern Arizona, and the Colorado River.  These bulletins provide a concise introduction to the current knowledge about environmental water demands in each region, outline gaps in that understanding, and illustrate how environmental demands can be considered in the context of oth
Friday, July 27, 2012
Jean E. McLain, PhD, Associate Director, Water Resources Research Center, will be the invited Closing Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Semester Inaugural Ceremony at the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research (CICY) Graduate School in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Her presentation, “Water Quality and Management: State of the Science” will be presented on August 1, 2012.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
“The Power of Perspective” was the theme that inspired a series of posters by middle and high school teachers now on display at the Water Resources Research Center. The teachers were participating in the Laurel Clark Earth Camp for Educators, a program developed and implemented through the cooperation among Arizona Project WET, the Planetary Science Institute and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The WRRC's Spring 2012 Newsletter, Arizona Water Resource, is now available on line. The issue includes features on the current fire threat and common environmental interests of researchers across the Arizona-Mexico border, a review of legislative actions on water, new publications, the Public Policy Review, and much more. There is also an insert from the UA Water Sustainability Program describing highlights of the year. Arizona Water Resource Spring 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
On June 1, 2012, the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) sponsored Expert Workshop on Water Security: Managing Risks and Tradeoffs in Selected River Basins was held In Paris, France.  With increased urbanization and demand for food and energy, securing sufficient and safe water for humans and nature seems more crucial than ever. The workshop focused on risk tradeoffs of water shortage, excess and pollution, and maintenance of acceptable level of risks to people, environment and economies. Dr.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Weather data are now being generated at the WRRC, just in time for the summer monsoon season.  Real-time temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and humidity readouts are available.  As part of a UA Green Fund mini-grant, the weather station has been installed along with an online weather tool so anyone can access the data over time. The Green Fund project, An Untapped Resource: Condensate Collection for Water Sustainability on the University of Arizona Campus, was initiated to collect and measure condensate from air conditioning (AC) units at the WRRC.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The WRRC has released its Annual Report for the calendar year 2011.  The report showcases the accomplishments of the WRRC, it faculty, professional personnel and students. A series of regular reports is planned to inform the water community about WRRC activities.  A PDF copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded at no charge below:
Friday, May 18, 2012
Kelly Mott Lacroix has won this year's Young Professionals Fresh Ideas Program's student poster competition for her Connecting the Environment to Arizona Water Planning, presentation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Arizona Project WET is part of world-wide water web of students, teachers, trainers, and sustainers. We are proud of the work that we do and happy to be a part of an international team being honored by the Clean Water America Alliance.
Monday, March 12, 2012
The 6th World Water Forum is being held March 12 through 17, in Marseille, France, with the participation of more than 180 countries.  A major international event in water science, management and governance, the World Water Fora attract representation across the spectrum for high-level ministerial delegations to groups of citizens and indigenous people.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The 6th World Water Forum was held March 12 through 17, in Marseille, France, with the participation of more than 180 countries.  A major international event in water science, management and governance, the World Water Fora attracts representation across the spectrum for high-level ministerial delegations to groups of citizens and indigenous people. More than 25,000 people attended.  This year, Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center was a speaker in two UNESCO-IHE Institute sessions. IHE is the UNESCO institute for water education. On March 14 Dr.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sharon Megdal was a recipient of a UA at the Leading Edge award announced at UA Innovation Day, March 6. She was one of five UA faculty to be recognized for performing cutting-edge research and translating that research into real-world application. Her work on assessing environmental water needs and developing mechanisms for incorporating the demands of all sectors into water planning lead to an innovative mechanism called Conserve to Enhance (C2E). A C2E pilot has been launched in Tucson with the support of many funders and partners.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona and Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona (Water Education for Teachers) are joining forces to bring a water education program to the Phoenix-metro area.
Monday, February 20, 2012
WRRC IS hosting a Conserve to Enhance webinar series starting February 21 at 1:00pm MST/12:00pm PST for the first webinar in the series, “Making the Link Between Water Efficiency and the Environment: Conserve to Enhance.” You are invited to join the five-part webinar series each month as follows – “Achieving Local Water Conservation and Environmental Enhancement Goals with User Contribution Programs” (March 2012), “Establishing a User Contribution Program” (April 2012), “Accounting Mechanisms for Tracking Water Conservation an
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This past week at the University of Arizona has been busy for many student researchers.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sharon Megdal and Pat Mulroy, from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, spoke on a panel about water management under scarcity conditions, during the sixth international WATEC exhibition on water technologies, renewable energy and environmental control, held from November 15-17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Looking at similarities between Arizona and Israel, a message from the session was that, cooperation is a must in water scarce regions. Read the article on the Jerusalem Post link below.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sharon Megdal and Pat Mulroy, from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, spoke on a panel about water management under scarcity conditions, during the sixth international WATEC exhibition on water technologies, renewable energy and environmental control, held from November 15-17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Looking at similarities between Arizona and Israel, a message from the session was that, cooperation is a must in water scarce regions. Read the article on the Jerusalem Post link below.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The Joe Gelt Student Writing Competition for undergraduates in Arizona universities is now open for 2011. The Water Resources Research Center inaugurated this annual contest in Fall 2009 as a motivational tool to encourage better writing about water. Our aim for this year is to increase participation across all three Universities.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In 2010, the Regional Water Assessment Task Force held a series of four computer network-based ThinkTank sessions to gain input and guidance on priority regional water issues as well as management options from stakeholders throughout the Tucson Active Management Area. The sixty four participants included people representing a variety of backgrounds and interests. Analysis was completed and the report is now available at www.pagenet.org
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Conserve to Enhance Tucson Pilot program was launched in January 2011 with sixty participants. This pilot will provide an opportunity to establish program management details and test participation levels. Conserve to Enhance is expanding outreach beyond Arizona, developing tools and sharing knowledge and resources that can assist other communities in piloting C2E mechanisms. We are currently working with a range of partners in several Western states to develop C2E pilot programs.
Friday, June 10, 2011
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.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The UA Water Resources Research Center has just released the 2011 Arroyo, dedicated to the subject of desalination.  Water professionals in Arizona have been focusing recently on water desalination as a means of increasing supply to meet the state’s growing water demands.  The new Arroyo provides background and basic information on the issues surrounding this technology for the interested citizen to understand and participate in the desalination conversation.  The 12-page booklet includes answers to such questions as, What is salinity? How does desalination work?
Friday, January 21, 2011
A University of Arizona research group is backing an innovative new water conservation program that one day could save thousands of acre-feet of water for area environmental projects. The program, called Conserve to Enhance, or C2E, plans to offer subsidies to help a number of local homeowners install rainwater-harvesting equipment, including 2,400-gallon cisterns. Those subsidies will range from $500 to $1,000. Click here to download the pdf.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The pilot program will help local homeowners install waterharvesting equipment in exchange for data collection and a donation to local environmental projects. Click here to read the complete story.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Kristine Uhlman, RG, Area Assistant Agent, Cooperative Extension and Arizona NEMO Program Coordinator at the WRRC, was elected to the 2011 Scientists and Engineers Division Board of Directors for the National Ground Water Association for a two year term. New members were introduced during the General Membership Meeting at NGWA's 2010 Ground Water Expo in Las Vegas in early December. NGWA is the hallmark organization for anyone affiliated with the groundwater industry, composed of more than 12,000 U.S. and international groundwater professionals.
Friday, January 7, 2011
WRRC Director Sharon Megdal was awarded the Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award during the Winter Commencement Ceremony on December 18, 2010. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members whose scholarship-based outreach to the state, nation, and the world has demonstrated sustained excellence in the University of Arizona’s outreach mission.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
A three-year, $800,938 grant from NASA will fund a Tucson-area Earth Camp where participants will be immersed in the study of water.  The Laurel Clark Earth Camp Experience, a partnership between the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Planetary Science Institute and Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, will use NASA data for the Earth to teach teens, teachers and the public about water.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The University of Arizona has a new graduate degree program that integrates science, policy and decision-making in the arena of water. The purpose of this degree is to provide opportunities for students to pursue professionally oriented study in an MS degree program that focuses on water science, society, and policy. In this way, we can help train a corps of leaders in water policy who understand both the science and social aspects of water.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
University of Arizona student Tim Glass has been awarded the 3rd Annual Montgomery & Associates Summer Writing Internship at the WRRC.  A junior majoring in journalism, Mr. Glass is a non-traditional student who returned to school after serving in the military and working in private industry. His special interest is photojournalism, and he has gained experience in the field by working for the UA Daily Wildcat, the student newspaper. His WRRC internship assignment will be to work on the Arroyo, a WRRC annual newsletter that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Dr. Sharon Megdal, WRRC Director, is the recipient of the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to outreach at the University of Arizona, the State of Arizona and the nation. It is the highest honor in this area offered by the University of Arizona. Dr. Megdal received this award for demonstrating sustained excellence in the University's outreach mission, and she will be recognized with the title of University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the Winter 2010 commencement.
Friday, March 12, 2010
A student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues will get an opportunity to do just that this summer in an internship sponsored by Montgomery & Associates, an Arizona-based consulting firm specializing in hydrology and water resource issues. The intern selected this year will contribute to research and writing of an issue of Arroyo on the topic of water desalination, its present and future role in Arizona.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER WRITING CONTEST FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT ARIZONA’S THREE UNIVERSITIES WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It’s time to make a splash during the Arizona Project WET Water Festival season.  In Tucson the fun kicks off on October 3 at Jacobs Park.  Exciting, hands-on investigations will leave 4th graders (and teachers) asking for more!  Each Arizona Water Festival incorporates two hours of hands-on, interactive lessons focused on: groundwater and aquifers; watersheds and water sources; the value of water and conservation; and the water cycle.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The WRRC welcomes Candice Rupprecht, the Statewide Program Coordinator for the UA Master Watershed Steward Program.  Candice recently moved across campus to office space at the Water Resources Research Center. She joins other water programs housed at the center including Arizona Project WET, Arizona NEMO and the Water Sustainability Program. Contact Candice at candicer@cals.arizona.edu to find out more about the Master Watershed Steward Program and how you can get involved.  
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