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 Santa Cruz River Heritage Project – Reviving an Urban River
Tim Thomure, Director, Tucson Water
In 2016, the City of Tucson initiated a discussion about using reclaimed water to restore perennial flow to a portion of the Santa Cruz River near downtown Tucson. This action could support riparian habitat in the urban core, improve long-term water management in the region, and stimulate economic activity. The concept was well received by a multitude of stakeholders and Tucson Water began the tasks of bringing this vision to reality. In May 2019, perennial flow will return to the Santa Cruz River near Tucson’ Birthplace, and a new era of water management will begin. This presentation will provide an update on the project, discuss the challenges that lie ahead, and advise attendees of what they can do to support the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project.
Tim Thomure is the Director of Tucson Water, a 590-person operation providing potable and reclaimed water service to 725,000 people in southern Arizona. Tim is a licensed PE with 24 years of experience working in public utilities, private industry, and consulting. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, water supply, water recycling, and organizational development. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Arizona. He currently serves as President-Elect of the AZ Water Association, which is the state chapter for both AWWA and WEF. Tim is a Past President of WateReuse Arizona and has served on the National Board of the WateReuse Association, the WateReuse Research Foundation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and the newly combined Water Research Foundation.
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.