The 2017 WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective, will be held on March 28 at the University of Arizona Student Union. Arizona is facing the challenge of water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges? Join us as we discuss and debate our options, including water conservation, changing crop mixes, and alternative water sources. Outside-of-the-box collaborative thinking is essential to pave the way for Arizonans to move into our future water reality.
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Brown Bag Seminar - Transforming Wastewater to Drinking Water: How Two Agencies Collaborated to Build the World’s Largest Indirect Potable Reuse Project
In the early 2000’s, two Orange County agencies faced some challenges. The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) needed to replace on ocean outfall for treated sewer water that would cost millions of dollars.
Brown Bag Seminar - Implementing California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Other Innovative Water Solutions
The Sonoma County Water Agency, located in California about forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, supplies drinking water to 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin Counties and provides wastewater and flood control services.
Chocolate Fest 2017
Don’t miss the 13th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest! Share your favorite treats and try sinfully spectacular creations from other water lovers. This year’s event will be about chocolate and the WRRC photo contest winners! Invite your friends and get chatting!
Brown Bag Seminar - Agua Dulce
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 - Scientific Thinking to Remedy "Black Swans," "Wicked Problems," and Assorted Science/ Policy Failures
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.
Brown Bag Seminar - Low Impact Development: A Brief Overview of Features
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.
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Arizona is facing the challenge of future water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges?
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 WRRC Photo Contest: Greg Griffin, Tina Baker, and Sara Bertram. The winning photos captured this year’s theme of Growing with Water, showcasing flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways. The photos below showcase the photographers' distinct perspectives. We would also like to thank the runner-up photographers for their engaging images.
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.
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.