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.
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.
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.