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 Brown Bag - The Role of National Forest Lands in Improving Watershed Health through the Watershed Condition Framework
Kelly Mott Lacroix , Hydrologist, U.S. Forest Service
Covering 450 million acres and encompassing over 15,000 subwatersheds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Condition Framework (WCF) is significant in scope and potential to help communities and the USFS safeguard our nation’s drinking water, rural livelihoods, and natural environment. As the Agency’s first nationally consistent reconnaissance-level approach for classifying watershed condition and targeting programs of work in priority watersheds, the WCF is fostering integrated ecosystem-based watershed restoration and improving nation-scale reporting of restoration accomplishments. This presentation will review the six-year history of the WCF, accomplishments to date, and the role that our nation’s forests play in providing clean and abundant water for millions of Americans.
(PowerPoint presentation and video not available per speaker request)
Brown Bag Seminar - How myths and misinformation stand in the way of solving our water problems
Brown Bag Seminar - Salt River Project and HydroLogics
HydroLogics uses water resources modeling tools to facilitate planning, operations, and conflict resolution on the scale of single-reservoir systems all the way up to large multi-state river basins. The conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources at SRP has historically created a very reliable and sustainable supply of water for SRP's shareholders and customers.
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.