In early November, Tucson Water unveiled a plan that could bring life back to the long-dry stretch of the Sana Cruz River through downtown Tucson. Taking advantage of reclaimed effluent, effluent that now is sent downriver far from the City, Tucson Water hopes to return flow to the river within two years.
Brown Bag Seminar Series
Bring your lunch and join us for a range of presentations on water-related topics of interest.
Access to the WRRC’s Brown Bag series now routinely includes offsite listeners through live webcasts via Goto-Webinar and in-house video coverage.
The slide presentations of most seminars are also available for viewing on the website.
Science can be thought of in two mutually incompatible ways: (1) science-as-knowledge, serving as an authoritative basis for action, and (2) sciences-as-process of inquiry, serving as a continually updated guide to action. There is mounting evidence that overemphasis on (1) is increasingly contributing to failures for the betterment of humankind.
Low-Impact Development is a concept that began in Prince George's County, Maryland in 1990, as a practical alternative to traditional stormwater management practices. Low-Impact Development (LID) includes a series of land engineering and development features that minimize infrastructure, control stormwater runoff near its origin, and help recharge aquifers, watersheds, and other groundwater sources; in addition to playing an important role in Smart Growth, Green Building, and helping with compliance of the Clean Water Act.
Ensuring that a readily available supply of water that has an acceptable quality for health, livelihoods, and production continues to be a challenge across the world. This challenge is made greater by increasing demands on water supply, increasing variability in water supplies due to climatic change, and increasing construction of large-scale water infrastructure. Political boundaries crossing watersheds further complicates matters.
Given the many pressures on food, energy, and water (FEW) systems, it is essential that strategies for development and sustainability recognize the inter-dependencies among them. Interactions between FEW sectors and secondary effects of some decisions complicates planning on local and regional scales. Quantitative support to inform decision making is invaluable to provide supporting knowledge/information to expose benefits and costs of infrastructure development and policy implementation for Arizona's FEW systems.
To meet the needs of the greater Tucson metropolitan area, Tucson Water is exploring potable reuse as a means to diversify and expand their water portfolio. To this end, a six-month pilot test of an innovative and sustainable potable reuse treatment scheme was conducted under a tailored collaboration project between CH2M, Tucson Water, and University of Arizona.
Speakers: Beth Kleiman will present, "The Water-Energy Nexus Dimension of the Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement" and Surabhi Karamelbar will present, "When the Turbines Stop Turning: Examining the Impacts of Drought on Power Production at Hoover Dam and Its Consequences for Entities in Arizona"
Water Resources Research Center, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments are honored to host Adriana Palma Nava to update us on policy directives for managing groundwater from the ISMAR9 conference held in June 2016. Please note the special time for this Brown Bag Seminar.
Water Resources Research Center, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments, School of Geography & Development, and the UNAM Center for Mexican Studies (UA) are honored to co-host Dr. Fernando González Villarreal. Dr. Villarreal's seminar will bring awareness to water management in Mexico. The seminar will be followed by a light lunch. Please note the special location for this Brown Bag Seminar.