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.
Feb. 5 Brown Bag - Where Groundwater Meets the Sky: Springs Ecosystem Ecology and Stewardship
Alteration of springs ecosystems has become a global environmental crisis, warranting local, national and global conservation attention. Springs are ecologically important habitats that support elevated biological and socio-cultural diversity, including more than 15 percent of endangered species in the United States, while providing $5 billion per year in bottled water sales revenue. However, springs are inadequately recognized and protected, and have been poorly mapped. They have been insufficiently studied as ecosystems, and few remain ecologically intact. In this talk, Larry Stevens will address recent advances in springs ecohydrology and ecology, and address some of the challenges and opportunities that accompany enhanced springs stewardship.
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)
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.