In Mexico, groundwater availability has been decreasing, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. One way to address this decline is using Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) to boost aquifer recharge with stormwater or treated wastewater. Considering the impact that climate change can have on natural recharge, the implementation of MAR efforts in the Northwest region of Mexico would help maintain environmental services, halt seawater intrusion, and act as a source for potable service.
Brown Bag Webinar - Balancing Water for People and Nature: The Upper San Pedro River
Scott Deeny, Water Program Lead, Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Holly Richter, Arizona Water Projects Director, The Nature Conservancy
Flowing from Mexico into Arizona, the San Pedro is one of the last large, undammed rivers in the Southwest that flows year-round in many of its reaches. Just north of the border, it winds its way for 43 miles through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which provides critical habitat for millions of migrating birds and a wide variety of other wildlife. These lush streamside forests and the wildlife they sustain in turn rely on the same limited water resources as local communities in the region, large copper mines, irrigated agriculture, and the US Army’s Fort Huachuca. This presentation will provide an overview of the science, projects, and policies collaboratively developed over the past 20 years in the region to meet the water needs of both the river and local communities.
Scott Deeny has served as the Water Program Lead for the Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2016. Before that, he spent 17 years practicing water law in both private practice and as Deputy Counsel for the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Holly Richter serves as the Arizona Water Projects Director for The Nature Conservancy and assists local communities with developing water projects that enhance water supplies along the San Pedro River, Verde River, and the Colorado River/Delta in Mexico. She was a founding partner of both the Upper San Pedro Partnership and the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network.
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Photo: The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area contains nearly 57,000 acres of public land in Cochise County, Arizona, between the international border and St. David, Arizona (cropped).; Bob Wick, BLM California
Brown Bag Webinar: Recent Research on Policies for Managed Aquifer Recharge in Mexico
Brown Bag Webinar: All In: Confronting Southern Nevada's New Water Reality
Due to prolonged drought, overall snowfall and runoff into the Colorado River Basin are at all-time lows, resulting in the combined water storage in the river's two primary reservoirs—Lakes Powell and Mead—dropping to just 32 percent of capacity. The Secretary of the Interior recently announced the first-ever shortage declaration, reducing the availability of Colorado River supplies to Nevada in 2022. Projections indicate that Lake Mead water levels will continue to decline, and the likelihood of shortage remains high in future years.
WRRC Chocolate Fest 2022
Please join us from 4:00 to 5:00 pm MST on Wednesday, February 16 for the WRRC’s Annual Chocolate Fest! This two-part virtual program of celebration will include announcement of our 2021 Annual Photo Contest winners!