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.
Landmark Water Agreement Between Tucson and Phoenix
In October 2014, Tucson and Phoenix announced a new water-sharing agreement that consists of Phoenix storing some of its unused water from Central Arizona Project (CAP) in aquifers in southern Tucson. In Phase One of the pilot program, Phoenix will store up-to 850 acre-feet per year of its unused CAP water in Tucson’s well field at the Southern Avra Valley Storage And Recovery Project (SAVSARP) facility. In times of shortage, Tucson would give some of its CAP allocation to Phoenix in exchange for water already stored at SAVSARP. After Phase One, the program will be reviewed in preparation for Phase Two. In this phase, the two cities plan to expand the SAVSARP facility to store up to 40,000 acre-feet per year of Phoenix CAP allocation.
SAVSARP sits atop an ancient streambed, providing ideal conditions for recharging large volumes of water. Currently, the facility recharges 60,000 acre-feet per year of Colorado River water delivered via CAP. The pilot agreement will provide greater water security for each city while saving both money and water. Phoenix saves because SAVSARP already has expensive infrastructure in place. Tucson saves because Phoenix would pay to expand SAVSARP, and because pumping from a higher water table uses less energy.
To listen to the news conference featuring Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, click here.
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.