This second webinar in the “Get Ready” series will focus on committees under the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council. Philip Richards, Chair of the Desalination Committee, will discuss why desalination is being used as a possible solution for Arizona’s current water challenges and how it can help meet future water needs. In addition, committee Chair Wade Noble and Co-Chair Timothy Thomure will provide updates from the Long-Term Water Augmentation and Post-2025 AMAs Committees.
The Occurrence and Fate of PFAS (Per-/Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances) in the Environment
Mark L. Brusseau, UA Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in numerous industrial, commercial, and military applications has resulted in their widespread distribution in the environment. Research reports have demonstrated that PFAS are present in the atmosphere, surface water, sediment, soil, groundwater, treated wastewater, biosolids, landfill leachate, and drinking water. This presentation will briefly discuss the nature, sources, and properties of PFAS, their transport, and fate in the environment, with example case studies.
Mark Brusseau's research is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the factors and processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface. His approach integrates theoretically and experimentally based investigations with the development and use of process-based mathematical models. Mark is also interested in the development and evaluation of innovative methods for characterization and remediation of subsurface contamination and the evaluation of risks posed to human health by contamination.
Committees of the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council
Changes in aquifer storage derived from microgravity and water level monitoring in the Tucson Active Management Area
Over the past 20 years, the Tucson Active Management Area has experienced fluctuations in aquifer storage. These changes are a result of recharging imported water and changing groundwater pumping regimes. The USGS uses microgravity to directly measure storage changes in space and time, while Tucson Water measures depth to water in its measurable production wells in an annual round-up. By examining the data from both agencies, it is possible to characterize changes in the regional aquifer and monitor interesting trends in specific geographic areas.
WRRC Conference 2020 Registration
Engage in exciting water discussions at the Water Resources Research Center’s 2020 annual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years.