We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Water Resources Research Center Photo Contest. This year we again gave photographers two criteria - that photos be water related and that they be taken in Arizona. And we received many wonderful submissions. People, nature, Arizona and other topics were showcased by the many photographers who submitted their images.
Leslie Meyers, Area Manager for the Phoenix Area Office of the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), will offer the keynote presentation at the WRRC's upcoming conference Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions. Ms. Meyers is very active in the oversight of Reclamation's projects in Arizona and in statewide water resource issues with a wide range of constituents ranging from Native American tribes to agricultural and municipal water users.
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
The WRRC 2019 Conference, "Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions", will include a new participatory element. We are soliciting case studies that describe a community water challenge/solution, including the barriers or opportunities that have hindered or helped the community work toward a solution. You can submit your case-study through a simple online form where you can indicate your interest in presenting a three-minute lightning talk during the conference session.
At 11:59 p.m. today, December 21, the early bird rate of $100 to register for the WRRC annual conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions will end. After that, registration will rise to $125. (Student rates will remain at $50.) One exciting conference highlight will be the Arizona Legislator's Panel featuring Speaker-elect, Representative Russell (Rusty) Bowers, Representative Rosanna Gabaldón, Senator and Representative-elect Gail Griffin, Senator Sine Kerr, and Senator Lisa Otondo. Moderated by WRRC Director Sharon B.
This February, the WRRC annual conference, "Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions", will be held in our state's capital and will feature case-studies about water from across Arizona. Holding the conference on a Friday in Phoenix makes it possible for state senators and representatives to attend and network with water professionals, citizens, business leaders, and others interested in water management and decision making. Toward that end, we are reaching out to the legislature at large to make sure they know about this unique opportunity.