On Wednesday, September 28, Central Arizona Project (CAP) representatives hosted a roundtable for state water users to discuss the proposed CAP conservation incentive program. Earlier this year, the CAP board said they would “work with stakeholders to develop a conservation incentive program that is consistent with [CAP] legal authority.” This roundtable provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share ideas and provide information so CAP can develop an effective program.
Many Engaged for INHABITANTS Documentary Panel Discussion
On May 16, the WRRC hosted a panel discussion on the documentary film INHABITANTS: Indigenous Perspectives On Restoring Our World. The panel featured Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Assistant Specialist, UArizona Indigenous Resilience Center, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; film co-directors Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer; and moderator Rebecca Tsosie, JD, Regents Professor of Law, UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
After a viewing of the film’s trailer, the panel discussed the importance of expanding Indigenous communities’ access to academic spaces and authorship regarding products of their representation. According to Palmer and Kotutwa Johnson, a primary focus of the INHABITANTS filmmaking process was to provide ample opportunity for featured communities to participate in editing and advisory roles to ensure accuracy and to correct historical practices of extractive misrepresentation by non-Native storytellers. While the Native land management systems featured in the film are important models for climate change adaptation, Boutsikaris cautioned against framing them as “Native solutions to climate change”—a newly popularized phrase—since this perspective omits a much deeper history. “These aren’t just solutions, but practices that were violently disrupted; they are millennia old management practices,” Boutsikaris said. The panelists expressed their hope that as the film and its message reach more audiences, people will begin to understand and explore the links between health, traditional and cultural space, and the environment. Boutsikaris mentioned that food was a central focus of the film’s storytelling because “we all need it. Place-based living starts with food, and it comes back to sustainability” and climate change adaptation.
The panel event was attended by 212 people, and during the two weeks of free access to the INHABITANTS film, over 360 views were recorded. You can watch the recorded panel discussion here.
WRRC post-doctoral researcher Valerisa Gaddy has been selected as an MIT Solve Fellow for 2022-2023. Her tech-based solution, "IRRIGaTE: Irrigation Resources Reaching Indigenous Growers and Tribal Entities” addresses the difficulties of science and policy communication between Tribal farmers and non-tribal policymakers through a multimedia platform.
The Arizona Republic newspaper last Sunday drew on a recent report about plumbing poverty for a feature article on the subject. The report, co-authored by Kings College London professor and UArizona alum Katie Meehan, looked in depth at urban plumbing poverty in the United States. Meehan received her PhD from the UArizona Department of Geography and Development in 2010 and began her study of plumbing poverty while in Arizona.
Last week, WRRC staff member Jessie Hampton visited family in rural southwestern Colorado. She stayed along Cebolla Creek, which flows down to meet the Gunnison River in Blue Mesa Reservoir, one of three reservoirs that make up the Curecanti Unit of the Colorado River Storage Project. Local ranchers use their water rights on Cebolla Creek to irrigate hay meadows. Jessie took photos of places she visited on her trip to showcase different types of water usage and management in the area.
Northern Arizona is celebrating Colorado River Days! Colorado River Days Flagstaff is a series of educational events to remind Flagstaff and surrounding communities about the importance of the Colorado River and all it has to offer