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 - Scottsdale Water Campus – 20 Years of Sustainable Water Management
Brian K. Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water Director
The Scottsdale Water Campus is a unique and technologically advance facility that is the center of Scottsdale Water’s Vision: Water Sustainability through Stewardship, Innovation and People. The campus started operations in 1998 and contains a water reclamation facility, an advanced water treatment facility and a surface water treatment facility along with over 60 vadose zone wells, and a water quality laboratory. Currently the facility is able to treat 20 million gallons a day of sewage through its reclamation facility and advance water treatment facility for direct aquifer recharge and golf course irrigation. Additionally the surface water treatment facility is capable of treating up to 70 million gallons a day of Central Arizona Project (Colorado River) water for drinking water purposes.
Brian Biesemeyer is the Director of Scottsdale Water and oversees five departments within the division: Planning and Engineering, Water Services, Water Reclamation Services, Water Quality and Water Technology and Administration.
Prior to coming to Scottsdale is December 2012, Brian was the Deputy Public Works - Utilities Director for the City of Peoria, Arizona. Brian is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 28 years of leadership experience in both military and civilian organizations. He is a registered professional Environmental Engineer and holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, both from the University of Arizona. He also holds Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Grade 4 Operator Certifications in Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection.
Brian is the past president of WateReuse Arizona and a board member of the WateReuse Association.
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
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."
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