niversity of Arizona was well represented at the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) annual conference held on June 11-13.
WRRC Conference Videos Now Available
The Water Resources Research Center's 2018 annual conference, The Business of Water, held on Wednesday, March 28, attracted over 300 people from around the state and beyond. Topics such as public-private partnerships, water transactions, collaborations among businesses, philanthropic foundations and NGOs, and the linkages between environmental water and economic development were examined through the course of the day. Keynote speakers included Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, Ian Lyle, Executive Director of the National Water Resources Association, and Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Presentations and panel discussion were recorded on video and can be viewed through the WRRC’s website.
Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is the intentional recharge (and storage) of water into an aquifer for future recovery or for environmental benefits. Mary Belle Cruz Ayala, a Ph.D. Student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences and a Graduate Research Assistant at the WRRC, recently presented her research on this topic at the 10th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR10) in Madrid, Spain. Her presentation, "Use of Managed Aquifer Recharge to Improve Water Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Mexico," presented results from the first paper from her Ph.D.
Each year, we are excited to see so many excellent students graduating and starting off on their academic or professional journeys. Last Friday, Elia Tapia, who has been working at the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) as a Graduate Research Assistant, and most recently as a Senior Research Specialist, received a Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Hydrology. Elia has been with us since 2014, working on both the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP) and the Water RAPIDS Program.
Mandla Kunnie has created a digital database of the locations of all rainwater harvesting infrastructure in the Tucson area. Such a database can help water managers plan for population growth and the associated increased demand on water resources.
World Water Day is a good day for reflection. Just a few days ago, on March 19, 2019, representatives of the seven states of the Colorado River Basin gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to sign a letter asking Congress to approve implementation of the drought contingency plans detailed in the documents attached to the letter.