The Water Resources Research Center's March 27, 2020 Annual Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, is coming together as speakers are starting to confirm their participation in either presentation or moderated discussion panels. The conference panels will focus on how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience.
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.
The WRRC Annual Photo Contest will end on Friday, December 6.
We are very excited to announce that Bruce Babbitt will present the opening keynote at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center's 2020 Conference
On Saturday, September 21, Arizona Forward held its Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala. Water was a theme throughout the evening, with major awards for the Gila River Indian Community's Managed Aquifer Recharge MAR 5 & Gila River Interpretive Trail project, Scottsdale Water, and the Drought Contingency Plan. Each of the three state universities received a sustainability award. The University of Arizona was recognized for its global leadership in water resources.
On September 12, the student project "Cobre Valley Cheer:543 Framework" received an honorable mention award at Arizona's American Planning Association conference in Oro Valley.