Current climate scenario predictions identify the US-Mexico border as a "hot spot" of climate change, both in relation to increased rainfall intensity and increased temperatures. Twin city areas in the transboundary setting have long histories of management that rely on mutual dependency. Appropriate land use, watershed management, and flood-attenuation plans are critical, yet challenging, especially in cross-border urban areas. Collaboration is imperative for binational sustainable development.
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
OpenET – Filling One of the Biggest Data Gaps in Water Management
Robyn Grimm, Senior Manager - Water Information Systems, Environmental Defense Fund - Western Water Program
Previous Brown Bag Seminars/Webinars
Sustainable water management is one of the most challenging issues of our time, especially in the arid western US. Maximizing the benefits of water supplies requires careful measurement of availability and use. However, one important information gap is compounding this challenge: the lack of consistent consumptive water use data for irrigated agriculture, which accounts for the majority of water use in the western US. To date, access to this data has been limited and expensive, keeping it out of the hands of most water users and decision-makers who could benefit from its use.
For nearly forty years, Tucson Water has been reusing its effluent to help offset traditional potable uses. Today, the Tucson Water reclaimed water system not only provides high-quality reuse water directly to a wide variety of non-potable customers, but the utility is now utilizing their excess water for aquifer banking and riparian restoration projects. John Kmiec will walk us through the history of the Tucson Water reclaimed water system, up to the most recent projects for the utility. Then, he will discuss what may lie beyond the horizon in the next forty years.
The binational collaboration between Mexico and the US in Minute 323 includes the exploration of joint development of projects, such as seawater desalination opportunities in the Sea of Cortez region. This talk will present the results of a study conducted by a binational workgroup, including federal and state water agencies and NGOs. The study identified opportunities to develop approximately 200,000 acre-feet per year of treated seawater to benefit water users in Mexico and the US in an environmentally responsible manner.
Publicly collected water data needed to answer fundamental water questions are managed by multiple agencies across different scales of government and non-government organizations for different purposes.
On Thursday, March 11, Andrew Kricun, Managing Director with Moonshot Missions and former Executive Director and Chief Engineer at the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) in New Jersey, presented “Community Service and Environmental Justice as an Essential Best Practice for Clean Water Utilities of the Future” for a WRRC Brown Bag webinar. The Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program honors water entities that implement environmental projects to benefit the community.
On Monday, March 8, Dr. Susanna Eden, Research Program Officer and former WRRC Assistant Director, and Brian McGreal, Master's Student in the UArizona Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, gave a Brown Bag presentation on key sections of the 2021 Arroyo
Among its many successes, Arizona's innovative Groundwater Management Act of 1980 established the Phoenix Active Management Area (AMA) and its management goal of safe-yield.
The Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) has accrued over 3.8 million acre-feet of credits to provide firming for Arizona water users during shortages on the Colorado River. Planning for future recovery of AWBA credits involves collaboration between the AWBA, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), the Central Arizona Project (CAP), and stakeholders. In coordination with the Recovery Planning Advisory Group, this interagency workgroup will release an update to the 2014 Joint Recovery Plan in early 2021.
Sustained capacity building and knowledge exchange are vital to increase the use of NASA Earth Observations for Indigenous natural and cultural resource management.