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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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.
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.
Assessing Water Security at Global and Local Scales
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.
Arizona Value Integrated Food-Energy-Water (ARVIN-FEW)
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.
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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?
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.
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.