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.
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.
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.
This fall groundwater is getting a surge of overdue attention from scientists and water professionals, who aim to raise awareness of this “invisible” resource. The Water Resources Research Center’s director, Sharon B. Megdal, has been involved in two separate but related activities aimed at promoting understanding and protection of groundwater.
Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
Are you ready to imagine, design, and plant your water-smart landscaping? The UA Water Resources Research Center's new Desert Landscaping website has tools and tips to help. The mobile-friendly site emphasizes arid-adapted gardening and features a "Plant Selector" tool to help you find the right plants for your landscaping project.