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."
Brown Bag Seminar - Hidden Water: The Fresh Water Pozos of the Gran Desierto
Dr. Ben Wilder, Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill
The Gran Desierto region of the Sonoran Desert is the largest extent of sand dunes in North America. An array of freshwater springs, or pozos, punctuate the salt flats where the dunes meet the sea. Unresolved in origin, and essential to countless species, their waters rise up inextricably out of the dunes. This transdisciplinary collaboration between a botanist, hydrologist, and artist seeks to document the origin of the pozo's water, determine how long it has resided below the dunes, and show how the pozo's and the riparian vegetation they support has changed through time. Likewise, the project, a part of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers 6&6 art-science collaboration (nextgensd6and6.com) will document this wide range of dependent themes as part of the 6&6 art show at the UAMA opening in January 2019. From the traditional salt pilgrimage of the Tohono O'odham people, to nesting raptors, generations of cottonwood trees, and the future of water in the binational Sonoran Desert desert; these springs are central to the larger story of how humanity interacts with water in the arid west.
Photo: Ben Johnson
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
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