How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference
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Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Brown Bag Seminar - How Beer Can Save Rivers
Water, such a vital component to our lives and the environment around us, is also the main ingredient in beer. As we dive into what it takes to make beer and the role water has in this fermented beverage we’ll also investigate some creative ways we are able to conserve water inside the brewery and out. From involvement with local farmers, a maltster, and a charitable environmental organization to working with recycled wastewater, all it takes is an idea, a conversation, and little creativity to make an impact.
BINATIONAL WATER RELATIONS AT 75 YEARS: Retrospectives, Resilience, and U.S.-Mexico Border Water Resources Governance
Celebrating 75 years of U.S.-Mexico water relations, the University of Arizona’s (UA) Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with collaboration from the Institute of the Environment and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), has partnered with El Colegio de Sonora (Hermosillo, Mexico) to hold a public workshop looking at the past, present, and future of these relations at the UA’s Environment & Natural Resources (ENR2) Building on campus on October 15-16, 2018: Binational Water Relations at 75 Years: Retrospectives, Resilience, and U.S.-Mexico Border Water Resources Go
Brown Bag Seminar - Watering Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona
In this overview of Arizona’s irrigated agriculture and its water supply, the focus will be on what is grown, where, with what water; how the water is managed by the state and by irrigators; water efficiency strategies; and economic impacts. The presentation will touch on current irrigation water supply issues concerning growers, their communities, and other water users.
WRRC Brown Bag - Innovating the Urban Water System: The Architecture of a Decentralized Future
Globally, cities are facing increased water stress under growing populations, degrading infrastructure, and changing climate patterns. This imbalance between available water resources and projected urban water demands presents tremendous challenges for water resource management, necessitating novel planning and design strategies and tools. Rainwater harvesting (RWH) has been pointed to as one partial answer; however, the capacity of such a solution to address urban water deficits had been largely untested. This talk will investigate two components of decentralized water infrastructure’s
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We had such a great response to last year’s open-ended approach to our photo contest that we’re doin’ it again this year. Just show us Arizona water. Yup, that's as specific as we're going to get. Use your creativity and technical ability to express the many ways water transforms our state and the many ways our state transforms water. Capture anything from people and nature to business and agriculture. It’s completely up to you. Just make sure your picture relates to water and it’s in Arizona!
It’s that time of year. In honor of Earth Week, students are showcasing their work in oral presentations and posters at events organized by their academic departments. This week the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Science held its annual El Día del Agua y Atmósfera on Monday and the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science held “SWESx” on Wednesday and Thursday. Several students with connections to the WRRC participated in both events.
The Water Resources Research Center's 2018 annual conference, The Business of Water, held on Wednesday, March 28, attracted over 300 people from around the state and beyond. Topics such as public-private partnerships, water transactions, collaborations among businesses, philanthropic foundations and NGOs, and the linkages between environmental water and economic development were examined through the course of the day.
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as source of objective, accurate and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.
On February 12, the WRRC hosted Marty Ralph, Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and Researcher at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography to discuss Atmospheric River Science. Rivers of water vapor in the sky, which is how Dr. Ralph describes atmospheric rivers, are key to understanding the character of storm fronts and precipitation in the western United States.