In 2016, the City of Tucson initiated a discussion about using reclaimed water to restore perennial flow to a portion of the Santa Cruz River near downtown Tucson. This action could support riparian habitat in the urban core, improve long-term water management in the region, and stimulate economic activity. The concept was well received by a multitude of stakeholders and Tucson Water began the tasks of bringing this vision to reality. In May 2019, perennial flow will return to the Santa Cruz River near Tucson’ Birthplace, and a new era of water management will begin.
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.
The Santa Cruz River Heritage Project – Reviving an Urban River
Water Roots - River Walk: A sunset tour to illustrate a new vision for the Rillito
The Water Roots series is a collaboration between the WRRC and Sky Island Alliance to highlight the work of our partners to secure water for natural areas in southeast Arizona.
The Art of Building a Citizen Science Program
Arizona Water Watch (AWW), a new citizen science program offered through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is designed to train volunteers to collect credible scientific data on streams and lakes in Arizona. The program uses innovative ideas like visually friendly forms, hand stitched cloth streams for teaching, micro video lessons, and crowd sourcing data techniques to reach many levels of volunteers.