As groundwater reliance is increasing across the globe, including the United States-Mexico region
Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water Builds Consensus on Water Priorities
On September 6th, more than 50 people gathered in Miami, Arizona to lend voice to the Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water, a meeting to facilitate discussion about water resources management among elected officials, utility and planning staff, natural resource experts, and other interested water users. While small in size, only about 100 square miles, the Cobre Valley is home to multiple competing water uses, and water scarcity and upcoming legal determinations are making it more critical than ever for all community water users to agree on the status of water resources in the Valley and establish priorities for their management. The quality and depth of ideas around regional water resources on September 6th laid excellent groundwork for our next steps. From the informative presentations in the morning to the afternoon break-out discussions, we were presented with many innovations and benefits of collaboration for sustainable water resources. In coordination with the US Bureau of Reclamation, Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership, and other community partners, we will pursue research and action planning around the seven agreed upon priorities within the four categories of: system efficiency/conservation, economy/development, recreation/environment, and water awareness/education. Proposed actions were defined and assigned priorities based on focused discussions and participant voting. These priorities will be further evaluated through a survey that will go out to a broader audience in October 2018, while the other ideas from group discussions will be considered for incorporation into a Water Resources Objectives Report. Our next Small Town Forum will be in the spring of 2019 to report back on progress and move forward with actions. If you would like to join the water supply and demand, recreation, or community awareness work group, please email Ashley Hullinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The WRRC Annual Report highlights our efforts during 2017, including groundbreaking research on groundwater governance, antibiotic resistance in water, and stakeholder engagement practices; programs that foster sustainable water planning in Arizona’s rural communities, effective educational strategies; respected outreach to multiple audiences, and nurturing of future water resources professionals.
It’s that time of year. In honor of Earth Week, students are showcasing their work in oral presentations and posters at events organized by their academic departments. This week the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Science held its annual El Día del Agua y Atmósfera on Monday and the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science held “SWESx” on Wednesday and Thursday. Several students with connections to the WRRC participated in both events.
The Water Resources Research Center's 2018 annual conference, The Business of Water, held on Wednesday, March 28, attracted over 300 people from around the state and beyond. Topics such as public-private partnerships, water transactions, collaborations among businesses, philanthropic foundations and NGOs, and the linkages between environmental water and economic development were examined through the course of the day.
The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a summer internship to a student 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. Arroyo is recognized as 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.
On February 12, the WRRC hosted Marty Ralph, Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and Researcher at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography to discuss Atmospheric River Science. Rivers of water vapor in the sky, which is how Dr. Ralph describes atmospheric rivers, are key to understanding the character of storm fronts and precipitation in the western United States.