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Arizona Research: Communication! Connection! Collaboration!

The AZWater Research Committee in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center has organized a one-day interactive workshop dedicated to Arizona’s water industry. The workshop is organized around panel discussions on the roles of regulatory and institutional players, universities, water utility companies and the water industry. The panel discussion will include but is not limited to topics such as research on drinking water, wastewater, potable and non-potable reuses and soil aquifer treatment. This interactive workshop is designed to bridge the gaps between scientific research and utility/industry needs. It will inform those who are interested on emerging water quantity and quality issues, cutting edge water science and technologies, upcoming regulatory requirements and industry trends. Discussions are intended to promote communication and collaboration by sharing available resources, partnership opportunities, and funding sources. This event will facilitate discussion and form connections between water industry leaders, research universities, city and state governments, water utility companies and others interested in the future of Arizona’s water. The workshop will be held at the City of Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library on October 16, 2012 from 9am to 5pm. The registration fee is $40 per person and includes lunch.

Workshop on Creating Sustainable Landscapes at AHS Symposium

A workshop, “Using Low-impact Development (LID) and Smartscape to Create Sustainable Landscapes”, will be held September 18 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, at the event site, preceding the regular sessions of the Arizona Hydrological Society’s 2012 Annual Symposium. It will provide an overview of LID practices that use new technologies in combination with natural materials to collect runoff and provide stormwater attenuation and other benefits. It will also introduce Smartscape principles and demonstrate how they can be integrated to create sustainable, low maintenance multi functional landscapes. Instructors will include: Summer Waters, CFM, Water Resources Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County; Evan Canfield, PE CFM, Chief Hydrologist, Pima County Regional Flood Control District; Haley Paul, Water Resources Program Coordinator, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County; Jenna Cleveland, Research Assistant, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona. Registration is $35 for Symposium registrants and $45 for the workshop only. Register for this and other water workshops at: registration.html.

City Data Now Available at

The U.S. Government’s recently launched its new cities community. The provides access to data and applications to specific “communities” including, among others, business, developers, education, energy and health. The new cities community gathers local city data from across the country. Residents of a city can find new ways to explore city services and information. Developers can learn more about challenges to using the data to produce interesting analysis and applications. The data and the applications created to increase usability are clearly accessible on the website, and a user can access as a resident, city official or developer. Visit City Data at

AHS 2012 Annual Water Symposium

The Arizona Hydrological Society 2012 Annual Symposium, “CONFLUENCES 25 years of bringing water, people, and ideas together,” will be held in Phoenix, September 18 - 21, 2012, at the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Boulevard. This year’s program is jam-packed with technical sessions on topics ranging from drought and climate to subsidence and the water/energy nexus to water sustainability. Optional workshops and field trips are also part of the mix. Student scholarships are available. To find out more go to:

Colorado River Topic of New Film and Panel Discussion

The WRRC is cooperating with the Redford Center, the Sonoran Institute and the Tucson Audubon Society to host the screening of a new documentary on the Colorado River. The film “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” is a series of vignettes that illustrate the character of the river and the challenges and choices facing everyone who depends it. Following the screening, a panel of regional leaders will discuss the information and messages presented in the film. Panelists include Mark Decena of Kontent Films, the Director of the film, as well as Luther Propst, Sonoran Institute; Osvel Hinojosa, Pronatura Noroeste; and Sharon Megdal, WRRC Director. The program will be held at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ, on September 19th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.