WRRC 2019 Conference Agenda

Conference Home

7:30 - 8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 am



Sharon B. Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona


Robert C. Robbins, President, University of Arizona


Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, Associate Dean; Director, Extension & Economic Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona

8:30 - 9:30 am  

Framing the Conversation 

Claire Zucker, Associate Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona

Water Tour of Arizona

prezi video

Water Laws and Regulations in Arizona

Rita Maguire, Attorney, Maguire, Pearce, and Storey pdf  video


Tribal Perspectives on Water

Maria Dadgar, Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

9:30 - 10:00 am  



Arizona Water - A Federal Perspective

Leslie Meyers, Area Manager, Phoenix Area Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation pdf video

10:00 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:00 am

Community Panel I

Mark Apel, Area Agent, Cochise County Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona

Cochise County: The Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network

Sara Ransom, Deputy County Attorney, Cochise County pdf video

Cochise County: Agriculture and Water Resource Implications

Rod Keeling, President, Arizona Wine Growers Association; Owner, Keeling Schaefer Vineyards pdf


Gila River Indian Community: Innovative Solutions to Manage Multiple Water Resources

David DeJong, Director, Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project, Gila River Indian Community pdf video


Pinal County: Collaborating Over the Long-term

David Snider, Chairman, Pinal County Water Augmentation Authority; Former Pinal County Supervisor, District 3 video


Upper Gila Watershed and Cobre Valley: Community Planning and Oral History

Ashley Hullinger, Research Analyst, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona pdf video

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Community Panel II

Representative Tim Dunn, District 13

Yuma County: Water Uses, Security, and Conservation

Tom Davis, Manager, Yuma County Water Users’ Association pdf video


Mohave County: Surface and Groundwater Issues and Solutions

Mark Clark, Member, Bullhead City Council; Chairman, Mohave County Water Authority pdf video


Colorado River Indian Tribes: Managing Decreed Colorado River Water Rights

Margaret J. Vick, Special Counsel for Water Resources, Colorado River Indian Tribes pdf video


City of Flagstaff: Water Conservation Approaches

Brad Hill, Water Services Director, City of Flagstaff pdf video


Town of Payson: Water Supply and Long-term Planning

Buzz Walker, Cragin Project Manager, Town of Payson pdf video

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Luncheon Program


Senator Martha McSally, District 2 video


Kimberly Ogden, Interim Vice President for Research, University of Arizona video


Community Solutions Lightning Talks video

Moderator: Holly Richter, Arizona Water Projects Director, The Nature Conservancy

1:15 - 1:55 pm

Arizona Legislators Panel

Sharon B. Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona

House Speaker Russell (Rusty) Bowers, District 25 video

Representative Rosanna Gabaldon, District 2 video

Representative Gail Griffin, District 14 video


Senator Sine Kerr, District 13 video


Senate Minority Whip Lisa Otondo, District 4 video

1:55 - 2:00 pm

Closing Comments


Sharon B. Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona