ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
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.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.