Updates on Transboundary Activities
The WRRC recently held a Zoom meeting to discuss issues related to water use and climate uncertainties in the Transboundary Santa Cruz Aquifer. The meeting, held on September 17, 2020, was organized by the WRRC as part of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP). The TAAP is a joint effort between the United States and Mexico to evaluate shared aquifers. Sharon B. Megdal, WRRC Director and Principal Investigator on this project, welcomed the audience, which included members of the Mexican and U.S. Sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission, the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Sonora State Water Commission, the Mexican Geological Service, and the US Geological Survey. Elia M. Tapia (Research Professor, Universidad de Sonora) and Eylon Shamir (Hydrologist, Hydrologic Research Center), both WRRC-TAAP collaborators, discussed past, current, and future efforts in the Transboundary Santa Cruz Aquifer, which include a hydrologic impact assessment that considers climate uncertainties and different groundwater management schemes for the Mexican portion of the aquifer. Participants provided input that will be useful to further binational TAAP efforts.
Also on the transboundary waterfront, on September 29, 2020, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal participated in a lively “coffee break” panel addressing US-Mexico Transboundary Groundwater: Withdrawals and Binational Implications. The discussion was hosted by the Permanent Forum of Binational Waters.
University of Arizona researchers Kathy Jacobs, Neha Gupta, Chris Castro, and Hsin-I Chang have been key contributors to the first comprehensive assessment of climate change effects on the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin (LSCRB).
The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES),
As part of the WRRC’s Indigenous Water Dialogues, we are pleased to announce a special panel discussion of INHABITANTS: Indigenous Perspectives On Restoring Our World, as well as free screening for all event registrants.
The International Association of Hydrogeologists Commission on Managing Aquifer Recharge (IAH-MAR Commission) held a meeting and plenary session at ISMAR11 on the evening of April 12, 2022. In addition to electing a slate of officers, the session honored individuals who had contributed significantly to the organization’s mission.
The 2022 WRRC Conference, Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook: Water, Climate, and Sustainability, is quickly approaching.