On Wednesday, November 10, the WRRC hosted a Brown Bag webinar featuring presentations by student researchers who received funding in 2020 through the WRRC from the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) grant program.
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
Did you know that the WRRC was part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill? The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law this week, contains historic investment in water resources and, of particular importance to the WRRC
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Water Resources Conference was held virtually this week, November 8-10, 2021. On the first day of the conference, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Graduate Student Assistant Simone A. Williams presented at two separate sessions on different WRRC efforts.
Every school year, APW brings aboard members of the UArizona Wildcat Corps AmeriCorps program for one year of service to help deliver water education programs in the community. This year APW is excited to invite eight AmeriCorps members to join them in developing and delivering innovative water education to communities.
Over the course of five days at the end of October, WRRC Program Manager Michael Seronde and his peers in Class 30 of Project CENTRL traveled to Ciudad Obregón in Sonora, Mexico to learn about the economic and political resources of the Yaqui River Valley and to gain perspective on issues of shared importance in AZ.