Few pairings provoke as passionate a response as the coupling of water and money; however, water is deeply rooted in our market economy. The newly published 2019 Arroyo, “Water, Business, and the Business of Water,” takes this truism as a jumping-off point for its survey of the ways in which water and business intersect.
C2E Program Awarded $152,000 Grant from Walton Family Foundation
TUCSON, Ariz. (Dec. 18, 2013) – The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) has received a one-year grant of $152,568 from the Walton Family Foundation to support continued development of the innovative Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program originally developed at the WRRC and piloted in Tucson, Ariz.
This grant marks the third year of consecutive funding for the C2E program from the Walton Family Foundation. The first two years of funding for this project focused on developing implementation tools for C2E, including a Program Design Guide in 2011 and an online C2E Water Use Dashboard in 2012. Program funding has turned the C2E concept into a reality, creating an accessible program for Colorado River Basin communities interested in linking their municipal water conservation efforts with environmental benefits.
This voluntary program creates opportunities for individuals and businesses to invest in watershed health and water resources by conserving water. Residential and commercial participants save water and donate the value of their saved water to a C2E fund that provides funding for local and regional enhancement projects. Projects are based on community priorities and range from instream flows and neighborhood green infrastructure to Colorado River Delta restoration.
This third year of funding is focused on utilization of the C2E Water Use Dashboard, an innovative new online tool that eases the adoption of C2E for new communities, organizations and businesses, and streamlines C2E participation for water customers. The C2E Water Use Dashboard is scheduled to go live in January 2014, and the WRRC will promote the Dashboard as a mechanism to link water efficiency with environmental enhancement projects. The open source Dashboard provides water consumers with a wealth of information about their water use, tips on how to conserve, information about rebate programs available from participating utilities, and the opportunity to donate to local or regional C2E programs. Water use information provided to each participant will include a breakdown of indoor and outdoor water use, average annual and monthly water use, comparison of current water use with past water use, gallons used per day and daily water savings. The Dashboard will provide a suggested donation based on water savings and will also allow consumers to donate more or less than the suggested donation or set up a recurring donation. Water conservation tips will be seasonally timed, and both tips and rebate information will be customizable for each participating community so that the Dashboard displays locally relevant information for participants.
This grant will support outreach and promotion of the new C2E Water Use Dashboard tool that was developed exclusively for C2E with the financial support of the Walton Family Foundation. WRRC staff will also continue to provide technical support to communities, organizations and businesses interested in developing C2E programs throughout the Colorado River Basin.
For more information on the Conserve to Enhance program or to contact program staff, please visit www.conserve2enhance.org.
The home page of the University of Arizona website on June 20, 2019, shows a striking video of our beautiful landscape and states “Tucson’s summers are like no other. Breathtaking landscapes. Powerful monsoons.
niversity of Arizona was well represented at the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) annual conference held on June 11-13.
Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is the intentional recharge (and storage) of water into an aquifer for future recovery or for environmental benefits. Mary Belle Cruz Ayala, a Ph.D. Student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences and a Graduate Research Assistant at the WRRC, recently presented her research on this topic at the 10th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR10) in Madrid, Spain. Her presentation, "Use of Managed Aquifer Recharge to Improve Water Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Mexico," presented results from the first paper from her Ph.D.
Each year, we are excited to see so many excellent students graduating and starting off on their academic or professional journeys. Last Friday, Elia Tapia, who has been working at the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) as a Graduate Research Assistant, and most recently as a Senior Research Specialist, received a Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Hydrology. Elia has been with us since 2014, working on both the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP) and the Water RAPIDS Program.