Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
WRRC Director Participates in International Water Policy and Governance Meetings
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. Sharon Megdal participated as rapporteur for the workshop and presented the concluding wrap-up, summarizing the day’s discussion, highlighting key policy issues, and charting the way forward.
In addition, Dr. Megdal was invited to talk on scientific cooperation in water sciences at a UNESCO sponsored meeting on June 4, 2012: Science, Networks, Consciousness in the Mediterranean Basin. The invitation recognizes Dr Megdal’s work in the eastern Mediterranean, where her focus is fostering scientific cooperation for solving the problems of water resource management in the region.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.
This fall groundwater is getting a surge of overdue attention from scientists and water professionals, who aim to raise awareness of this “invisible” resource. The Water Resources Research Center’s director, Sharon B. Megdal, has been involved in two separate but related activities aimed at promoting understanding and protection of groundwater.
Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
Are you ready to imagine, design, and plant your water-smart landscaping? The UA Water Resources Research Center's new Desert Landscaping website has tools and tips to help. The mobile-friendly site emphasizes arid-adapted gardening and features a "Plant Selector" tool to help you find the right plants for your landscaping project.