Aedes aegypti is an invasive mosquito that has become established throughout the urban landscapes in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. A native of the tropics, the urban landscape facilitates its survival in the arid desert region. We conducted field collections and analyzed mosquito surveillance data to better understand the primary anthropogenic drivers of its abundance in southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
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.
Human-environment dynamics in the Sonoran Desert and Ae. aegypti, the vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya
Brown Bag Webinar - Monitoring Tamarix defoliation/Isotopes, geochemistry, citizen science/Off-grid water purification in Navajo Nation
Presentations: Monitoring Tamarix defoliation and mortality from D. carinulata attacks using satellite imagery in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA; Isotopes, geochemistry, citizen science and local partnerships as tools to build upon a fractured understanding of the hydrology of the Patagonia Mountains, and Solar nanofiltration for off-grid water purification in Navajo Nation.
This Brown Bag will feature presentations by students who received research grants in 2019 through the WRRC from the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) grant program.