ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
Oct. 2: WRRC Assoc. Director Jean McLain to Present at Pima Co. Regional Flood District Brown Bag
Pima County Regional Flood Control District Monthly Brown Bag Series
Speaker: Jean McLain, Ph.D. (Associate Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center)
Presentation: Antibiotic Resistance and Recycled Municipal Wastewater: Is There a Link?
Date/Time: Wed., Oct. 2, 12 p.m. (97 E. Congress, 3rd Floor Conference Rooms A & B)
In September 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than 2 million Americans develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and nearly 23,000 die as a result, putting a hard number on a growing and extremely serious public health threat. A few months earlier, the City of Flagstaff received nationwide news attention when antibiotic resistance genes were detected within the reclaimed water distribution system. Are these two findings connected? It is clear that antibiotics are over-used and misused in the United States, and the inability of the majority of wastewater treatment plants to remove antibiotics from recycled water has been established. This talk will cover current research at the University of Arizona that traces the potential for emerging contaminants (antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes) to proliferate in recycled water, and to travel through irrigation pathways to our recreational fields and into the human food supply. Our work has established the presence of natural antibiotic resistance in soil and water bacteria, and has further shown that natural resistance is extremely high in soil and water with no previous exposure to recycled water. We contend that there is a need among the research community to use standardized and rigorously validated methods for accurate assessment of bacterial resistance development in the environment. Only then will we be able to correctly identify the mechanisms contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance problem and establish water treatment and management guidelines to decrease public health concerns.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.