Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water
The WRRC and Cobre Valley community partners are convening a forum to facilitate discussion about water resources management among elected officials, utility and planning staff, natural resources experts, and local leaders. In the relatively small area of 100 square miles, the Cobre Valley is home to a number of water uses, natural resources, and human communities. Water resources have historically been managed separately; however, water scarcity and legal determinations on the horizon make it more necessary than ever for these communities and water users to: 1) agree on the status of water resources in Cobre Valley, and 2) establish priorities for their management and coordination.
A watershed-wide approach to resolving water issues has benefits that individual efforts cannot provide. The Small Town Forum will build common understanding about water resources issues, enhance regional decision-making capacity, and develop an approach for implementing cooperatively identified next steps.
To learn more, view the following resources:
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference