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.
April 28 Brown Bag: Tackling Water Quality Issues in Bolivia and Guatemala
Mark Taylor's presentation will focus on water quality-related issues in developing countries, in particular Bolivia and Guatemala. The most alarming water quality issues in developing countries are related to acute contaminants, more specifically microbial contamination of their source waters. The irony is that these hazardous microbial contaminants, also called as pathogens, are induced by humans and animals, primarily due to the lack of proper sanitation facilities and practices. Biological pathogens that were analyzed consisted of bacteria, viruses, and multiple types of protozoa. The goal of this project is to determine control measures and develop low-cost detection methodology for these pathogens. Through various pictures and stories, Mark Taylor will be presenting his experiences on the water quality-related issues in these two developing countries.
Speaker: Mark Taylor, PE, Principal, WestLand Resources, Inc.
Date/Time: Monday, April 28 (12 - 1:30 p.m.)
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.)
Mark Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in water resources and wastewater engineering, including water master planning, water infrastructure design and permitting, sewer system planning and analysis, sewer design, and lift station and force main design. As a volunteer, he has been working with Water for People and has served as a World Water Corp and visited developing countries to address water-related issues.
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.