Working with an array of stakeholders in the Colorado River Basin to help re-envision the management of the River, the Colorado River Conversations have led to new relationships between the environmental community, states, Tribes, and water managers.
An Energetic Engineering Challenge
In the heat of the summer, we can appreciate the extra energy used to help keep us cool, but have you ever thought about all the energy it takes to deliver water to our doorstep? What about all the infrastructure that directs the water to our homes and businesses? Most people don't give our water management systems a second thought. We turn on the tap and water seems to magically appear.
Educators from around Maricopa County got a better feel for the importance of Arizona's water management and supply systems in APW's Waters of Our World (WOW) Teachers Academy. As part of the curriculum unit, teachers were asked to employ the Engineering Design Process (EDP), as their students will be, in the construction of a scale model of the Central Arizona Project water delivery system.
Tasked with using items from their homes to create the model, which simulates pumping water uphill almost 3,000 feet in elevation over 336 miles, our homebound educators got very creative. Some used palm fronds as canals with sticks as support structures. Another person decided to add a culinary twist and used soup bowls as reservoirs and food boxes and cans as canal supports. Only in this design could celery have fulfilled the role of a canal!
Another designer made this a family project and worked with her daughter to create the BAP - Bethany's Arizona Project! Following the same criteria and constraints, the BAP model was created using plastic containers as reservoirs, cups as canal supports, and a spliced pool noodle as a canal. Most of the designs used lotion pumps as the mechanism to pump water uphill and all the engineering designs were thoughtfully created.
Participants quickly learned the importance of energy use in the CAP system. Regardless of whether you're working with a scale model or the real CAP system, pumping water uphill is very energy intensive and something we should all appreciate.
The WRRC’s 2020 Fall Semester Brown Bag Webinar series began this week with a deeply engaging presentation from Daryl Vigil, co-facilitator of the Water and Tribes Initiative. Vigil’s presentation,
Here at APW, we might call 2020 the year our world water web was stretched from shore to shore. We have extended our programming to support the virtual needs of our learning community while expanding our marketing outreach.
This summer, the University of Arizona appointed former WRRC Graduate Assistant, Aaron Lien to the faculty of the School of Natural Resources and Environment.
“Use what you have. Start where you are. Do what you can.” This advice was given by Kelisa Wing, an educator, advocate, and author, speaking about dismantling structural racism and inequities during the Stay-In-stitute teacher professional development
The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy recently published its 2020 Academic Rankings of World Universities by academic subject, and the University of Arizona scored first among U.S. institutions and second globally in the water resources category.