WRRC Graduate Student Presents at International Conference
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. dissertation. ISMAR10 showcases strategies of meeting future demands with secure supplies of clean water by storing water underground. Topics included sustainable technical solutions, water quality and health aspects, and the impacts of managed aquifer recharge on ecosystems.
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.
The WRRC's 2020 Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years, will take stock of our water management progress since the passage of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act and then look to the future.
Arizonans have questions about water and the Water Resources Research Center has a lot of experience answering them. At this year's University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference, h
During the week of July 22, the water quality laboratory of WRRC Research Scientist Jean McLain hosted the kickoff of a new USDA-funded project, "Bringing Microbiology and Water Quality into Arizona Classrooms