/sites/wrrc.arizona.edu/files/pdfs/Wicked-Water-Problems-CRB-Oct-2021.pdfA 20-minute presentation, Tackling Wicked Water Problems in the Transboundary Colorado River Basin, is available for viewing on the WRRC website.
Haury Program Honors Three Diné Leaders
On September 25, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) awarded Nikki Tulley, Dr. Crystal Tulley-Cordova, and Dr. Karletta Chief with 2021 Haury Program Tribal Resilience Leadership Awards. In May 2020, the Haury Program launched the Tribal Resilience Initiative with three goals: to support the water sustainability goals of the Navajo Nation and Indian Country; to elevate the priorities of Indigenous communities and promote collaboration between Native Nations and institutions engaging in education, research, outreach, and other efforts focused on Indigenous issues; and to strengthen Native American and Indigenous student, faculty, and staff pathways at UArizona. A key partnership in this effort has been with the Navajo Nation to support the Water Access Coordination Group (WACG) in the Navajo Safe Water Project, itself a partnership between Indian Health Services, Navajo Nation Division of Community Development, and the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources.
In recognition of the outstanding contributions to Tribal resilience exhibited by leaders within WACG, the Haury Program established the Tribal Resilience Leadership Award. The 2021 honorees, all Diné, are recognized for their efforts to forge partnerships that are rooted in respectful Tribal engagement to advance the WACG mission. Nikki Tulley is a PhD candidate in the UArizona Department of Environmental Science. Dr. Crystal Tulley-Cordova is the principal hydrologist at the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources. In addition to receiving the Haury Program’s award, Dr. Tulley-Cordova was also named the 2021 Professional of the Year by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in a separate award ceremony, also on September 25. Dr. Karletta Chief is an associate professor at the UArizona Department of Environmental Science, distinguished outreach professor, and extension specialist.
Image: Courtesy of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice
The WRRC photo contest is back, and we are eager to see what our contestants will submit this year. As with the last few photo contests we’ve held, the main criteria are that the photos be taken in Arizona (apart from the special category Water in Arid/Semi-Arid Lands Beyond Arizona) and, of course, feature water; Water in Nature, Water in the Built Environment, Water is Life (for example people, pets, agriculture). Feel free to use the contest theme “aridity, shortage, and resilience" to fuel your imagination. So get to clickin’ and send us your amazing photos.
The Olympic flame is said to symbolize the light of spirit, knowledge, and life. The passing of the torch from runner to runner, acknowledges collective human achievements as they move from community to community, spreading goodwill to all.
Retirement is generally a time for an individual to relax, slow down, and travel. Betsy Wilkening, an outreach education specialist with AZ Project WET, will only be doing one of these things a few days after she retires at the end of October.