The Santa Cruz and San Pedro aquifers are important sources of water for the Arizona-Sonora border region. Even though groundwater from these aquifers is an essential resource for social, economic, and environmental needs in both countries, assessments of these aquifers had not been conducted by a binational team until more recently. We invite you to attend this brown bag presentation, where we will share information from the binational studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz aquifers.
WRRC Brown Bag - Sustainability in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco – Facing the Impacts of Climate Change
Mark Apel, Area Extension Agent, Cooperative Extension
Area Extension Agent Mark Apel spent the spring of 2016 and 2017 volunteering with the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco – an organization dedicated to helping the rural populations of the High Atlas Mountains in sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment training. Through USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program, administered by Land O’Lakes International Development, Mark assisted the Foundation with an assessment of project-based water resources and recommendations for sustainability. Morocco has a similar climate and environmental conditions as the Southwest US, and is experiencing the impacts of climate change – decreased precipitation, increased flooding, warmer temperatures. Mark will discuss the changes he has seen since he was a Peace Corps Volunteer there over 30 years ago and the strategies that the High Atlas Foundation is undertaking to help rural communities adapt to a changing landscape.
Mark Apel is an Area Extension Agent in Community Resource Development with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in southern Arizona where he is implementing programs in land use planning, sustainable development, small acreage landowner assistance and renewable energy education. He has over 28 years of environmental and planning experience. Mark has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, as well as worked for the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, as a private consultant and ten years as a county planner addressing growth and development issues. His work has taken him to Morocco, Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico. Mark lives in Bisbee, Arizona – home of the Lavender Pit, Electric Beer and the oldest, continuously operating ballfield in the United States. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management (Pennsylvania State University, 1982) and an M.A. in International Affairs (Ohio University, 1987)..
Brown Bag Seminar - Binational Studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers: Results and Future Directions
Brown Bag Seminar - How myths and misinformation stand in the way of solving our water problems
With another dry year setting in across the West, the challenges of meeting the water supply needs of a growing population while maintaining our rural communities and a healthy environment are again being thrown in sharp relief. The continuing decline of Lake Mead has become a symbol of deepening problems, but there are also less-noticed examples of success – in conserving water and sharing in times of scarcity – which we need to understand in order to craft solutions.
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.