UArizona students, Americorps members, and APW Educators worked together to Bring You the Virtual Arizona Water Festival for Earth Day! Do you think that the University of Arizona is closed down due to the COVID 19 virus shelter-at-home directive? Nope, the 24 member Arizona Project WET (APW) team has come together, pooled talents and skills, and launched into the development of virtual learning experiences APW style. We have worked to maintain our interactive approach, engaging learners through inquiry, exploration, and discovery.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal featured as proud desert dweller on UA Website
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. We're inspired to do exceptional things here you just can't do anywhere else.
With one more click of the mouse, you are introduced to faculty from across campus; WRRC Director and SWES professor Sharon Megdal, CAPLA professor Aletheia Ida, CAPLA lecturer and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments Ladd Keith, SWES Professor & Extension Specialist Michael Crimmins, professor in Geosciences Jessica Tierney. Each offering a personal statement about their connections to Arizona and their commitment to research improving our understanding and our futures in a desert environment here and globally. Megdal speaks of her early introduction to water management issues as a utility regulator and concludes with this thought. “The big question today is, how can we best interact with the real world so we can help each other be most effective on global water challenges? You need a team approach. It’s going to take multiple teams with multiple and diverse skills to develop solutions to our myriad of water problems.”
In the midst of COVID-19, people are running out of toilet paper and resorting to other alternatives that could harm the sewer system.
Authors: Juliet McKenna, P.G., Principal Hydrogeologist, Montgomery & Associates; Arturo Gabaldon, President, Community Water Company of Green Valley; Rosanna Gabaldón, AZ State Representative, Legislative District 2; Bob Hollander, Environmental Resources Manager, Water Services Department, City of Peoria; Crystal Thompson, Communications Manager, Central Arizona Project; and Sheri Trapp, Communications Specialist, AMWUA
On the evening of Friday, March 27, 2020, former WRRC Director William Lord passed away. He had retired from UA and was living in Boulder, Colorado. At UA, he was a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Hydrology and Water Resources (now Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences).
Are you working from home and contemplating the wonders of water? Beyond being very grateful for our clean tap water and our efficient wastewater systems during this stressful time, we can re-energize our moods by implementing some home water innovations and strategies. Here are a few ideas and resources to help get you started or remind you of that "water to do list" you left at the office.