As Water CASA reaches a milestone -- 20-years of water conservation advocacy, Val Little allows herself a look back and a look forward, through the lens of Water CASA's accomplishments, at some lessons learned from its efforts. Much has changed in the past 20 years in the field of water conservation and in overall water management as well. A candid look at some of these changes can inform decisions going forward. "If I have learned one thing over the past 20 years it is that water management is only going to get more complicated and costly in the 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
WRRC Brown Bag - WATER CASA at 20: Lessons Learned, Unlearned, or Relearned
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.
Special Upcoming WRRC Brown Bag
Felicia Marcus was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) for the State of California in 2012, and designated by the Governor as Chair in April of 2013. The Board implements both federal and state laws regarding drinking water and water quality, and it implements the state's water rights laws.