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.
ITCA Event Addresses Climate and Water
Climate, drought, water, and health were key topics at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) event, "Impacts of Climate on Drought and Water Availability," held at UArizona on the 19th. This ITCA-sponsored educational meeting was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was conducted in collaboration with the UArizona Tribal Relations and the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center (SWEHSC). After the morning blessing, Assistant Vice President for UArizona Tribal Relations Karen Francis-Begay and SWEHSC Director Dr. Nathan Cherrington welcomed attendees, which included tribal members from throughout the state. WRRC Associate Director Claire Zucker provided the opening talk entitled "What is Water Availability - Within the Next 50 Years", which focused on groundwater distribution across Arizona and efforts underway to build resilience into water management. Other topics explored throughout the day included drought and health, tribal water, Hopi water issues, developing a tribal drought contingency plan, and tribal perspectives on the Arizona Drought Contingency Plan. The Community Outreach-Education Program at the UArizona Center for Toxicology was instrumental in coordinating the event.
The STEM for All Video Showcase featured 171 videos of federally funded programs highlighting innovation in STEM education. The University of Arizona's Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) program won the first ranked Presenters' Choice Award. Indige-FEWSS is an NSF National Research Traineeship program
Several visually rich information tools are now available for answering your various water-related questions. The Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU has just released its Water Blueprint, the result of a multi-year effort to create a comprehensive water data hub accessible to the public
Forty years ago today, on June 12, 1980, water managers in Arizona took a monumental step toward addressing severe groundwater overdraft in the State's most populous regions with the passage of the Groundwater Management Act (GMA).
Immediately following the conference program on Thursday, June 18, 2020,
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