Waiting for Monsoon Rains, Considering International Lessons for Desert Waters
Wet/dry mapping typically documents the lowest stream flows of the year and signals impacts for the species that rely on these ribbons of green in the desert. Since wet/dry mapping wrapped up in Arizona this June, lessons from the April 2019 Desert Waters International Symposium are worth revisiting. This event convened internationally-recognized thought leaders and water experts from across the Colorado River Basin in the U.S. and Mexico, and from Australia's Murray-Darling Basin, to discuss multiple perspectives of how we provide water to natural areas in semi-arid environments and changing climates. More than 25 presenters and 100 audience members participated in this two-day symposium, held in Tucson at the University of Arizona by the Sky Island Alliance, WRRC, and the University of Adelaide. The link below will take you to a summary of key themes and next steps generated from the two full days of presentations and discussion, including needed research.