The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Graduate Student Jacob Prietto Wins Second Place in CAP Water Research Competition
Congratulations to the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s Jacob Prietto, who recently won Second Place in the Central Arizona Project’s 2013 Award for Water Research competition. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any of Arizona’s colleges or universities submitted research papers focused on water issues that affect Central and Southern Arizona or the Colorado River.
Prietto’s thesis research focuses on the technical aspects of the effluent-dominated Santa Cruz River. Water quality samples at the wastewater treatment outfalls and monitoring wells along the river are being investigated to determine their influence on the streambed infiltration of effluent during non-storm flow conditions.
Prietto is pursuing a Master of Science degree with the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. His paper, Stakeholder Incentives for Effluent Utilization in the Tucson Metropolitan Region and Recharge in the Santa Cruz River, discusses the challenges, opportunities and decisions water managers must account for to effectively develop effluent as a valued water resource. He will be presenting his research at the Arizona Hydrologic Society Symposium, on Sept. 19 in Tucson, Ariz.
Read Prietto’s research paper here.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.