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 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.