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.
Tucson Mayor to Attend May 9 Conserve to Enhance Atturbury Wash Dedication
(TUCSON, Ariz.) April 30, 2014 – Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Ward 4 Representative Shirley Scott will attend the Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program’s May 9 dedication event at Lincoln Regional Park’s Atturbury Wash, the site of the first-ever C2E-funded riparian enhancement project (9 a.m., 8280 E. Escalante Rd.).
Located in Southeast Tucson, Atturbury Wash is an important riparian area where a number of native plants have disappeared over time because of drought conditions and erosion of the wash bed. The Tucson Audubon Society recently restored the wash with the help of a Tucson C2E grant, funded by C2E participants who have donated money based on their home water savings, and by Tucson Water customers who checked the Riparian Enhancement and Open Space check box on their Tucson Water bills.
Volunteers planted 50 native trees and shrubs throughout the one-acre riparian enhancement site, created a raised trail system, and installed five rainwater harvesting basins and a drip irrigation system to provide water to the new plants. Irrigation water is provided by the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, which manages Lincoln Regional Park. The recent restoration work also provided additional habitat for the many animals that make Atturbury Wash their home.
The completion of the enhancement project will be celebrated on May 9 at 9 a.m. with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting event. Mayor Rothschild will participate in the dedication and congratulate the C2E program, the Tucson Audubon Society and the community on restoring some of Tucson’s most valuable riparian landscapes.
The Atturbury Wash restoration site is the first of several projects to be completed using funding from C2E grants since 2012. Current community enhancement projects include Henry Elementary, Mitchell Park, and the Northwest/El Cortez Neighborhood. These projects are near completion, and when finished, will help enhance the health of Tucson’s urban waterways and native habitats, as well as provide gathering spots for the community to learn about and enjoy our natural environment.
To learn more about the C2E program, visit conserve2enhance.org.
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.
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.