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.