The Santa Cruz and San Pedro aquifers are important sources of water for the Arizona-Sonora border region. Even though groundwater from these aquifers is an essential resource for social, economic, and environmental needs in both countries, assessments of these aquifers had not been conducted by a binational team until more recently. We invite you to attend this brown bag presentation, where we will share information from the binational studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz aquifers.
WRRC Brown Bag - Camo, Hose Clamps, and Pixels: Arizona’s Approach for Low-cost Intermittent Stream Monitoring
Meghan Smart, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
If a picture says a 1,000 words, why not extrapolate from digital pixels and use it as a low cost, continuous, and unambiguous method to study intermittent streams? Arizona’s 6,000 miles of intermittent streams are understudied because they are logistically difficult to sample and because perennial streams are historically thought of as ‘more important’. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) developed an intermittent stream program using time-lapse photography and a probabilistic approach to fill the large data gap.
Given a budget of $17,000, creativity, and the need to produce an intermittent stream monitoring program, ADEQ has deployed 19 camera flow detection units throughout Arizona. Each camera is programmed to take 2 time-lapse photographs a day, 12 hours apart. An associated motion sensor will also capture any drastic flow changes. The solar panel, battery, and camera set up is modeled after Arizona’s Salt River Project Flowtography™, but was altered to meet the specific needs of the study. Adding the use of time-lapse photography to a random design has the benefit of creating a statistically based assessment of Arizona’s intermittent streams. This presentation will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using time lapse photography. Sample design, flow results, and how data from the study will be used in the 305 (b) assessment will also be discussed.
Meghan Smart is a scientist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). She obtained her B.S. degree from UofA in Natural Resources in 2006. A biologist by training, she has declared her position at ADEQ as “the best job ever!” For 11 years she studied perennial streams, wetlands, and intermittent streams throughout Arizona. Meghan has lead three new programs for the state: intermittent stream research, recreational monitoring program, and has currently transitioned to creating Arizona Water Watch, a new ADEQ citizen science program. She is passionate about nature, all things related to science, and photography.
Brown Bag Seminar - Binational Studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers: Results and Future Directions
Brown Bag Seminar - How myths and misinformation stand in the way of solving our water problems
With another dry year setting in across the West, the challenges of meeting the water supply needs of a growing population while maintaining our rural communities and a healthy environment are again being thrown in sharp relief. The continuing decline of Lake Mead has become a symbol of deepening problems, but there are also less-noticed examples of success – in conserving water and sharing in times of scarcity – which we need to understand in order to craft solutions.
Brown Bag Seminar - Salt River Project and HydroLogics
HydroLogics uses water resources modeling tools to facilitate planning, operations, and conflict resolution on the scale of single-reservoir systems all the way up to large multi-state river basins. The conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources at SRP has historically created a very reliable and sustainable supply of water for SRP's shareholders and customers.
WRRC Conference 2018 - The Business of Water
Water is everyone’s business and the business of water affects everyone. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, The Business of Water will be front and center at the University of Arizona (UA) Water Resources Research Center’s Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Arizona Student Union in Tucson, Arizona.