We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 WRRC Photo Contest: Greg Griffin, Tina Baker, and Sara Bertram. The winning photos captured this year’s theme of Growing with Water, showcasing flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways. The photos below showcase the photographers' distinct perspectives. We would also like to thank the runner-up photographers for their engaging images.
Arizona Project WET Wins ANREP Gold and Silver Awards
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently named the winner of the 2013 Gold Award for a long publication from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) for its Water Scene Investigation educational publication. APW also won a Silver Award in the Outstanding Team category.
“These awards are such an honor for Arizona Project WET,” said APW Director Kerry Schwartz. “Our Water Scene Investigation program has engaged 2,340 students who’ve saved a projected 2.6 million gallons of water at home faucets. It’s great to receive national recognition for this impactful program.”
Arizona Project WET is housed at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, developing water stewardship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) literacy through K-12 teacher professional development, direct student outreach, and community engagement. Its award-winning WSI program inspires participants to adopt home water conservation practices through the installation of water-efficient technology and comparison of savings with other water users.
APW’s Silver Award for Outstanding Team recognizes excellence in leadership, planning, designing, delivering and evaluating a high impact Extension natural resources program.
“You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated staff than ours,” Schwartz said. “We’ve worked hard as a team to meet real needs in education and incentivize water stewardship, and it’s really gratifying to be recognized for that work ethic.”
APW will receive both of its awards at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy IV conference on Sept. 19 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
For more information on Arizona Project WET, visit http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/. ANREP works to provide a variety of approaches to help educate landowners, managers, decision makers and youth on natural resources. Visit http://anrep.org/ for more information.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.