World Water Day 2022 – In Tucson and Around the World
March 22 is World Water Day, so designated by the United Nations in 1993. It is observed annually, here in Arizona and throughout the world, by stakeholders who gather to learn about, honor, and celebrate water. This year’s theme, Groundwater, making the invisible visible, focused attention on this hidden yet critical source of freshwater. In Tucson, the WRRC participated in a World Water Day Teach-In hosted by Pima County District 5 and Supervisor Adelita Grijalva. WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal provided pre-recorded comments to set the stage for the event. WRRC research program officer Susanna Eden gave a presentation on Pima County’s drought-related water challenges and shared recommendations on what individuals and policymakers can do to mitigate drought impacts. Tucson Assistant City Manager Tim Thomure followed with a presentation on the Santa Cruz Heritage Project and its remarkable effects on community well-being, including riparian habitat restoration, groundwater recharge, economic attractiveness, and appreciation of our cultural heritage. Dr. Megdal was unable to attend the Teach-In, as she was celebrating World Water Day in Dubai, UAE, where she delivered a keynote speech on Managed Aquifer Recharge. Part II of Director Megdal’s Reflections on World Water Day will be published next week.
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.