Field opportunities ignite a passion for science and the environment. This was the case for Pusch Ridge Academy highschool student, Rachel Nehrmeyer. Armed with Arizona Project WET (APW) equipment and lessons, Rachel performed biological and chemical sampling of Tucson waterways for the past two years to assess the health of the system. Her work received two awards at the recent Southern AZ Regional Science & Engineering Fair and a third award at the AZ Science & Engineering Fair. Speaking of her field investigation, Rachel said, "Water testing was a good experience.
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.
Environmental Management offers research and opinions on use and conservation of natural resources, protection of habitats and control of hazards, spanning the field of environmental management without regard to traditional disciplinary boundaries. The journal aims to improve communication, making ideas and results from any field available to practitioners from other backgrounds. Contributions are drawn from biology, botany...
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.
We in Arizona have become all too familiar with projections of a future gap between water demand and supply, due In part to our growing economy and potential reduction of supplies.
The Importance of Arizona's ability to ensure a reliable water supply cannot be overstated. It affects the entire trajectory of our future economic development prospects and our overall quality of life.
But we're not alone. Half-way around the world, Israel is confronting similar challenges head on, proving that desert economies cannot only survive, but thrive.