On Wednesday, September 28, Central Arizona Project (CAP) representatives hosted a roundtable for state water users to discuss the proposed CAP conservation incentive program. Earlier this year, the CAP board said they would “work with stakeholders to develop a conservation incentive program that is consistent with [CAP] legal authority.” This roundtable provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share ideas and provide information so CAP can develop an effective program.
Agriculture/Water Nexus Academy 2022
Water is an important consideration for most businesses, but it is absolutely essential for agriculture. Arizona agriculture exports food and fiber to 70 countries across the globe as well as throughout the US. It contributes more than $23.3 billion to our state’s economy but also uses 70% of our state’s water resources. On the surface, agriculture seems to be a likely industry to review for water savings. Yet, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving.
Even home gardeners know there is a delicate balance between soil types and plant watering needs to get that perfect crop. With all the advances in irrigation technology, it often seems like more of an art than science to growing food. There is no “one size fits all” strategy for crop irrigation. The poignant question is “How do we balance agriculture’s need for water while our region is in a long-term drought?”
To help students get a better understanding of the current water-agriculture nexus, APW has created innovative multi-grade level lessons which allow students to explore how to design and model irrigation systems and how to analyze the cost of water in food. These new classes will be offered in a two-day teacher professional development workshop entitled Ag/Water Nexus Academy 2022 on July 12 & 13. Teachers will attend the WRRC 2022 Annual Conference: Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook: Water, Climate, and Sustainability on July 12. They will spend the following day at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension exploring ways to bring science to life with the problem of water and agriculture with Arizona Project WET.
For more information contact Pam Justice at email@example.com.
WRRC post-doctoral researcher Valerisa Gaddy has been selected as an MIT Solve Fellow for 2022-2023. Her tech-based solution, "IRRIGaTE: Irrigation Resources Reaching Indigenous Growers and Tribal Entities” addresses the difficulties of science and policy communication between Tribal farmers and non-tribal policymakers through a multimedia platform.
The Arizona Republic newspaper last Sunday drew on a recent report about plumbing poverty for a feature article on the subject. The report, co-authored by Kings College London professor and UArizona alum Katie Meehan, looked in depth at urban plumbing poverty in the United States. Meehan received her PhD from the UArizona Department of Geography and Development in 2010 and began her study of plumbing poverty while in Arizona.
Last week, WRRC staff member Jessie Hampton visited family in rural southwestern Colorado. She stayed along Cebolla Creek, which flows down to meet the Gunnison River in Blue Mesa Reservoir, one of three reservoirs that make up the Curecanti Unit of the Colorado River Storage Project. Local ranchers use their water rights on Cebolla Creek to irrigate hay meadows. Jessie took photos of places she visited on her trip to showcase different types of water usage and management in the area.
Northern Arizona is celebrating Colorado River Days! Colorado River Days Flagstaff is a series of educational events to remind Flagstaff and surrounding communities about the importance of the Colorado River and all it has to offer