We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 WRRC Photo Contest: Greg Griffin, Tina Baker, and Sara Bertram. The winning photos captured this year’s theme of Growing with Water, showcasing flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways. The photos below showcase the photographers' distinct perspectives. We would also like to thank the runner-up photographers for their engaging images.
Dec. 9 Brown Bag Seminar - Tres Rios: Wetland Ecology in an Arid Environment
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)
This presentation will explore the key facets concerning the City of Phoenix Tres Rios Wetlands. Multiple events led the City of Phoenix to the development of a tertiary wetland treatment system at the 91st Avenue Waste Water Treatment Facility. Ron Elkins will give an overview of the history and events of the as-built project, as well as a review of the operation of the project, which has shown interesting results in many areas, such as water quality and habitat restoration.
The WRRC will also be webcasting this presentation live via Blackboard Collaborate.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
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.
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.