Two of Arizona’s water policy experts are the conference committee co-chairs for the upcoming AWRA Virtual Summer Conference Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities.
UArizona Adaptation Center Contributes to Science and Management Solutions for the Colorado River
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. The UArizona team, led by the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS), a component of the recently formed Arizona Institutes for Resilience, recently hosted a series of scenario planning events focused on how the intersection of extreme climate, economic, and other events might affect the River. The team is also developing a guidance document on how climate change might affect the magnitude and frequency of future extreme events. The scenario planning project is the culmination of three years of workshops and events focused on integrating the latest social and physical science into management decisions for the Colorado. The CCASS team, which is led by Kathy Jacobs, includes Andrea Gerlak, Amanda Leinberger, and graduate student Anna Murveit in partnership with Martin & McCoy, (Season Martin and Amy McCoy). The scenario planning activities were funded by the Walton Family Foundation; the recently released summary can be found here.