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.
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.
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.