Get ready for Earth Day next Friday, April 22! Since 1970, Earth Day has been a day for environmental consciousness and public efforts to keep our environment clean.
Book of MAR Case Studies Published by UNESCO
UNESCO, an organization within the United Nations, recently published a book on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) that is freely available online. MANAGING AQUIFER RECHARGE: A Showcase for Resilience and Sustainability offers 28 real-life examples of MAR use in collaborative water resources management aimed at improving the quantity and quality of water supplies while buffering against drought and other emergencies. The cases show that people at all levels, from village to state, can incorporate MAR in the design of workable and sustainable solutions to their water supply challenges. All 28 examples were evaluated for their environmental and social sustainability using nine indicators specifically developed for this book, and economic cost-benefit ratios were also estimated. For one case study, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal joined co-author Kenneth Seasholes, manager of Central Arizona Project Resource Planning and Analysis, in describing the Arizona Water Banking Authority and the value of institutional support for MAR (Case Study 21). The case study shows “how a strong regulatory framework, coupled with public institutions and funding can help support the adoption of MAR on a large scale, and how MAR can achieve broad water management and public policy objectives.”
On April 9, Arizona Project WET hosted several teachers for a workshop to introduce community-based science tools and methods in anticipation of the upcoming City Nature Challenge (CNC). Starting in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the CNC has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and share wildlife in their cities. The CNC is an annual four-day bioblitz to document biodiversity. This year the CNC runs from April 29 to May 2.
April is Water Awareness Month (WAM) in Arizona! This month, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) will be raising awareness about the importance of water conservation.
March 22 is World Water Day, so designated by the United Nations in 1993. It is observed annually here in Arizona and throughout the world, by stakeholders who gather to learn about, honor, and celebrate water.
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a paid summer internship for a student who wants to gain experience with research and writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to the Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a water issue critical to Arizona. Arroyo is recognized as a source of objective, accurate, and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.