Summer Wave - Finding Answers to Arizona Water Questions
August 09, 2019
Weekly Wave, vol. 7, no. 7, Water Resources Research Center, Tucson, AZ, August 09, 2019
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, held on August 6-7, the WRRC staff hosted a breakout session entitled "You want to know what? Answering questions about water in Arizona." Assistant Director Susanna Eden, Research Analyst Ashley Hullinger, and Associate Director Claire Zucker highlighted a variety of questions ranging from the big-picture "Are we running out of water?", to questions about how water management works in Arizona and questions from homeowners and potential new residents requesting advice. For each, they provided perspectives on what information to offer and then identified web-based information sources to back up the answers. All of the web resources were included in a new WRRC Fact Sheet created for the event (see link below). During the presentation, live animated polling allowed audience members to provide real-time feedback about their comfort level answering each question. Over half of extension specialists participating in the polling reported getting water questions weekly or even daily. We hope the presentation and the fact sheet helps them provide even better water answers in the future and reaffirms that the WRRC is here to help.