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.
WRRC Launches Interactive GCASE Website
The UA Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) recently launched an interactive website for participants of its GCASE program (Incorporating Climate Information and Stakeholder Engagement in Groundwater Resources Planning and Management), which seeks to facilitate two-way communication between modelers and stakeholders in the Santa Cruz Active Management Area with a focus on incorporating climate change information into water planning and management.
Funded by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), GCASE is a collaborative effort between the WRRC and the Hydrologic Research Center of San Diego. Climate projections are used with linked models of precipitation, streamflow and groundwater to show stakeholders the potential effects of groundwater management decisions. Stakeholders were engaged in the GCASE process from the beginning. Launched with a Kickoff Workshop in October 2012, the project reported interim results at a Milestone Workshop in April 2013.
The new GCASE project website features documentation, workshop presentations and an interactive discussion forum where stakeholders can continue to exchange ideas with the project team. A Capstone Workshop is being planned for the fall of 2013.
Interested participants should contact Jacob Prietto for more information. Learn more about GCASE here: wrrc.arizona.edu/GCASE.
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.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.
This fall groundwater is getting a surge of overdue attention from scientists and water professionals, who aim to raise awareness of this “invisible” resource. The Water Resources Research Center’s director, Sharon B. Megdal, has been involved in two separate but related activities aimed at promoting understanding and protection of groundwater.
Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
Are you ready to imagine, design, and plant your water-smart landscaping? The UA Water Resources Research Center's new Desert Landscaping website has tools and tips to help. The mobile-friendly site emphasizes arid-adapted gardening and features a "Plant Selector" tool to help you find the right plants for your landscaping project.