The Santa Cruz River has long been the backbone of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Although the river has changed since humans first arrived in the region 12,000 years ago, the river still exists and is a “living” entity that continues to support wildlife and communities along its course. Throughout Arizona, the release of effluent maintains flows of many river reaches. The Santa Cruz River is fortunate to have three stretches with effluent flows—one near Nogales in Santa Cruz County and two near Tucson in Pima County.
Brown Bag Seminar/Webinar Series
Grab your lunch and join us for a range of presentations on water-related
topics of interest.
Access to the WRRC’s Brown Bag series is currently being held live via Zoom webcasts.
The slide presentations of most seminars are also available for viewing on the website.
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Upcoming Brown Bag Seminars
Jan 26 at 12:00 pm: WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: Silent River film screening and panel featuring Mathew Moseley, record-breaking long-distance swimmer and co-chair of the Colorado River Basin Council for American Rivers, and Matt Rice, director of the Colorado River Basin Council for American Rivers – Save the Date!
Feb 1 at 3:00 pm AZ time (Feb 2 at 9:00 am Canberra, Australia time): WRRC Special Event featuring Australian water expert Bradley Moggridge (co-sponsored by the Indigenous Resilience Center) – Save the Date!
Feb 15 at 12:00 pm: WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: Sonoran Institute’s Santa Cruz River team presentation on the findings of the latest Living River reports – Save the Date!
Previous Brown Bag Seminars/Webinars
Indigenous knowledge and methodologies are a missing component in water management in Australia. On this dry, flat, and ancient continent, Traditional Knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation for millennia (over 65,000 years).
Silent River” is a short film following Matt Moseley, a world record-breaking long-distance swimmer, who attempts a 52-mile swim from Mineral Bottom, near Moab, down the Green River to the confluence with the Colorado River.
The sustainability of groundwater is threatened by overexploitation and by pollution, exacerbated by perturbations of hydrological cycle stemming from climate change exerting poorly understood water quantity and quality risks with uncertain outcomes. A recent UNESCO publication on managed aquifer recharge (MAR) has provided unequivocal evidence that MAR is a sustainable nature-based engineering approach for enhancing climate resilience and other social, economic, and environmental benefits of groundwater.
Since 2017, the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative (SCWC) has been providing forums for partner agencies and organizations to work toward better aligning their approaches to watershed management in the Tucson Basin of the Santa Cruz River watershed. SCWC is working toward the vision of people working together to ensure a healthy urban watershed with flowing rivers and streams.
This WRRC Brown Bag presentation will cover research into the paleoclimate and past recharge rates of the Tucson Basin across the Holocene (past 12,000 years or so).
This WRRC Brown Bag presentation reviews the history of potable reuse and lessons learned by examining the key roles of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas.
Arizona Project WET has been teaching about the groundwater system for over two decades using everything from two-dimensional drawings to tubs of earth materials and the ever-popular sand tank groundwater model. Helping students to understand this critical unseen system is no easy task. With the support of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, APW partnered with Esser Design to develop a series of nine videos about the groundwater system. In the process, we encountered a variety of challenges and interesting questions on the best way to communicate on the groundwater system.
The National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) helps drive progress on reuse by leveraging the expertise of scientists, policymakers, and local experts across the country to create a more resilient water future for communities of all sizes. The collaborative was launched in February 2020 by federal, state, Tribal, local, and water sector partners to build state and local capacity to pursue reuse practices that help solve local water resource challenges.
A vision for the Rio Salado restoration that started over 50 years ago has been re-catalyzed in 2017 to include 58 miles of community and river revitalization along the Salt-Gila River corridor by active and diverse governmental and community partnerships with the leadership and generous support of the Arizona Congressional delegation and Arizona State University.