Waiting for Monsoon Rains, Considering International Lessons for Desert Waters
Wet/dry mapping typically documents the lowest stream flows of the year and signals impacts for the species that rely on these ribbons of green in the desert. Since wet/dry mapping wrapped up in Arizona this June, lessons from the April 2019 Desert Waters International Symposium are worth revisiting. This event convened internationally-recognized thought leaders and water experts from across the Colorado River Basin in the U.S. and Mexico, and from Australia's Murray-Darling Basin, to discuss multiple perspectives of how we provide water to natural areas in semi-arid environments and changing climates. More than 25 presenters and 100 audience members participated in this two-day symposium, held in Tucson at the University of Arizona by the Sky Island Alliance, WRRC, and the University of Adelaide. The link below will take you to a summary of key themes and next steps generated from the two full days of presentations and discussion, including needed research.
Monday, June 24th was a day to celebrate the sight and sound of water flowing down the Santa Cruz River on a hot and cloudless day.
he summer monsoon season is upon us again! The sun is high in the sky, temperatures have climbed to their highest levels of the year and the cicadas are buzzing.
Few pairings provoke as passionate a response as the coupling of water and money; however, water is deeply rooted in our market economy. The newly published 2019 Arroyo, “Water, Business, and the Business of Water,” takes this truism as a jumping-off point for its survey of the ways in which water and business intersect.
The home page of the University of Arizona website on June 20, 2019, shows a striking video of our beautiful landscape and states “Tucson’s summers are like no other. Breathtaking landscapes. Powerful monsoons.