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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
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