The old paradigm for clean water utilities was to see permit compliance as the ceiling of aspirations and to avoid community engagement to the maximal extent possible. However, the new paradigm for the clean water utilities of the future is to see permit compliance as a floor and to strive to be environmental champions and anchor institutions in the communities they serve.
Brown Bag Webinar: Arizona's Groundwater Management - Past, Present and Future
Susanna Eden, PhD, Water Resources Research Center, UArizona
Brian McGreal, MS Student, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UArizona
Arizona's landmark Groundwater Management Act turned 40 last year and the WRRC marked the occasion by focusing the 2020 annual conference on the legacy of the Act, current groundwater challenges, and potential future pathways. Building on this foundation, the authors of the 2021 Arroyo developed a comprehensive overview of groundwater management in Arizona that looks back over 40 years and ahead toward 2060 and beyond. The presentation will highlight key sections of the Arroyo as reference points for discussion.
Susanna Eden recently retired from the Water Resources Research Center after more than 30 years working in water resources in Arizona, Minnesota, and Washington DC. Among her responsibilities at the WRRC, she oversaw drafting and publication of the annual Arroyo since 2009. In her current advisory position, she serves as a repository of institutional memory. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Water Resources (now Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences).
Growing up in Los Angeles during periods of drought throughout California, Brian McGreal developed a keen interest in water use and its effects on the environment and local economies. He worked at the WRRC as an intern last summer and produced the first draft of the 2021 Arroyo: Arizona Groundwater Management - Past, Present and Future. Having received his BS in Environmental and Water Resource Economics, McGreal is now working towards an MS in UArizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He plans to pursue a PhD in applied economics.
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