Water levels at the Great Salt Lake, Lake Mead, and Lake Powell fell to record lows in July. Persistent drought conditions throughout the West are especially dire in Utah, where the US Drought Monitor indicates that nearly 100% percent of the state is experiencing the two most severe drought levels.
Environment Program Re-Named Water RAPIDS
The Environment Program at the WRRC has officially changed its name to the Water RAPIDS (Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems). The new moniker more fully encompasses the focus of the program, which includes new approaches to water resource management that integrate traditional natural resources planning with land use planning. The Water RAPIDS program aims to help communities balance a secure water future for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors with the water demands of natural dryland systems.
Learn more at wrrc.arizona.edu/waterrapids.
As drought, extreme heat, and wildfires plague the West, the ability of our communities to withstand and/or adapt to water stresses—their water resilience—is in question.
The University of Arizona has been ranked No. 1 among US institutions in water resources for the fifth consecutive year, according to the recently published 2021 ShanghaiRanking.
On July 18, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy O’Brien published a comprehensive article entitled “Can the Southwest Survive with Less Water?” on Bloomberg Opinion.
The Arizona Project WET (APW) team searched far and wide for the best new director for its program and realized in the end that they didn't need to search far. APW is thrilled to announce that Holly Thomas-Hilburn has been selected to lead APW into the future via her new role as its Director!
On June 17, which was World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Paris Sciences and Letters University (PSL) in France, in collaboration with the University of Arizona