Please join us on Friday, February 10 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM for the WRRC’s Annual Chocolate Fest. This year, we are thrilled to be hosting this fun event in-person at the WRRC’s offices! The agenda this year is simple: gather with friends and colleagues, enjoy chocolaty treats, and see the winning photographs from our 2022 Annual Photo Contest. In keeping with tradition, this year’s celebration will be a chocolate potluck! Start thinking about what you would like to bake, concoct, purchase, or brew, then bring your favorite divine chocolate delectation to share.
WRRC Special Event: Kamilaroi (Indigenous) Knowledge and Methodologies to Inform Water Management
Bradley Moggridge, Associate Professor in Indigenous Water Science at University of Canberra
Indigenous knowledge and methodologies are a missing component in water management in Australia. On this dry, flat, and ancient continent, Traditional Knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation for millennia (over 65,000 years). This is a profound reliance on knowledge of surface and groundwater, which has been critical to ensure the survival of Indigenous peoples in a dry landscape through the role of traditional knowledge in finding and protecting water places. Indigenous knowledge and methodologies can provide new (but old) evidence that is culturally appropriate, and which generates a cultural safe space with Indigenous researchers and communities leading.
The aim is to shift the research paradigm away from Indigenous peoples being the researched under non-Indigenous research methodologies to becoming the researchers. This allows the Indigenous scientist to derive the terms, questions, and priorities of what is being researched, how the community is engaged, and how the research is delivered. This special event presentation is co-sponsored by the WRRC and the Indigenous Resilience Center.
Bradley Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation living on Ngunnawal Country in Canberra, Australia. He is an associate professor in Indigenous Water Science at University of Canberra, researching how traditional knowledge will influence the way we manage water and how it can bring back good water. He has won several awards, has presented widely, published in his area, and is on many committees — from local to international —adding to his 25 years in water and environmental science, cultural science, regulation, water planning, and management, including policy development, legislative reviews, applied research, and project management. Moggridge hopes to encourage future generations to pursue interests in STEM, promote his ancestors' knowledge of water, and mentor emerging Indigenous scientists.
Image: Kamilaroi painting of a Thagaay, Golden Perch or Yellow Belly (Moggridge, 2004)
19th Annual WRRC Chocolate Fest
WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: A Living River – The Santa Cruz River from Mexico to Marana
The Santa Cruz River has long been the backbone of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Although the river has changed since humans first arrived in the region 12,000 years ago, the river still exists and is a “living” entity that continues to support wildlife and communities along its course. Throughout Arizona, the release of effluent maintains flows of many river reaches. The Santa Cruz River is fortunate to have three stretches with effluent flows—one near Nogales in Santa Cruz County and two near Tucson in Pima County.