Educational Insight on Important Water Issues
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November 17, 2016
Addressing the Groundwater Governance Challenge
This chapter provides an overview and thus contributes to a better understanding of the world’s groundwater resources, their distinctiveness and their governance. It describes the principal elements of and key instruments employed in groundwater governance. To this end, the authors introduce several case studies from across the globe and offer some corresponding lessons learnt. In particular, this chapter presents an analysis of the role of monitoring and assessment in groundwater governance, showcasing the example of The Netherlands. A global diagnostic of the current state of groundwater...
October 17, 2016
Connecting Israeli Water Management And Technological Innovations To Arizona
We in Arizona have become all too familiar with projections of a future gap between water demand and supply, due In part to our growing economy and potential reduction of supplies. The Importance of Arizona's ability to ensure a reliable water supply cannot be overstated. It affects the entire trajectory of our future economic development prospects and our overall quality of life. But we're not alone. Half-way around the world, Israel is confronting similar challenges head on, proving that desert economies cannot only survive, but thrive. Read the article
October 12, 2016
Groundwater Visibility: The Missing Link
For most of the public, groundwater is out of sight and out of mind. Our inability to readily see groundwater and limited measurements of this resource contribute to its lack of visibility in discussions of water policy, governance, and management—at least when compared to surface water. This visibility challenge is far from new. In 1861, an Ohio court famously concluded that groundwater was so “secret, occult, and concealed” that any attempt to regulate it “would be involved in hopeless uncertainty, and would be, therefore, practically impossible” (Frazier v. Brown 1861). While the...
August 04, 2016
Southern Nevada Water Authority Water Smart Landscapes Program Plant List
Together with the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has developed a list of plants that can be adapted to our desert environment in the Las Vegas area. It was created by members of the SNRPC’s Regional Urban Forestry Working Group in conjunction with local experts including arborist, horticulturists, and urban foresters. Keywords: water conservation, water efficient landscape, low-water-use plants, recommended plant list
August 03, 2016
Rainwater Harvesting and Disaster Management
Japan’s city of Kobe, which depends on a pipeline from the distant Lake Biwa for most of its water, was severely affected when the earthquake destroyed the city water supply line in 1995. During the approximately one month it took to repair the pipeline, Kobe’s municipal functions were ground to a halt. To ameliorate this problem, 100 tanks each having a capacity of 200 liters, were delivered daily by the People for Rainwater ( PR ) to secure emergency water for drinking, cooking and washing to the four districts of the City. They proved to be very effective as life points. Even...
August 02, 2016
Oro Valley Landscape Water Plan Code
a. To ensure irrigation efficiency and water conservation goals are accomplished, a landscape water plan specifying a maximum amount of water to be applied on an annual basis shall be established for any irrigated landscape. b. The plan shall include: i. Calculation of the monthly and total annual water use (gallons) required for all specified plant materials at maturity stage. ii. Specific water use reduction in accordance with subsections D.3.e and f of this section. iii. Delineation of project phases, if applicable, with corresponding water use details for each phase so that...
March 01, 2008
Well Owners' Guide to Ground Water Resources in Yavapai County
An individual in an industrialized urban society may use from one million to five million gallons of water during their lifetime. If the share of industrial, agricultural, and recreational usage is counted, the total amount of water may exceed ten million gallons per capita. Water resources are those sources of water that meet the need of the individual and society, and the value of that resource depends on demand and availability. Our arid climate, coupled with increasing demands on water supply and the over—allocation of surface water resources, forces much of Yavapai County to rely on...
December 01, 2007
Layperson's Guide to Arizona Water
As part of its commitment to serve the water education needs of Arizona citizens, the Water Resources Research Center teamed up with the Water Education Foundation to produce the Layperson’s Guide to Arizona Water. The publication meets a longstanding need: it offers in a single, reader-friendly source information Arizona citizens need to be well informed about state water issues. Few would doubt the need for a layperson’s guide or primer describing the ins and outs of Arizona water. Arizona is a rapidly growing state attracting people from many different areas who need to be...
June 30, 2007
Arizona Conserve Water Educators' Guide
Arizona Conserve Water is a publication dedicated to the premise that it is never too early to learn to conserve water. The K-12 educators' guide is a tool to help Arizona teachers develop among their students a knowledge and respect for water in their semi-arid home state. The guide is divided into four sections. Part I provides students with a brief overview of Arizona geography, water history, water management and conservation. Students become more actively involved with Part II, a collection of 15 lesson plans presenting creative, hands-on activities to teach students about water...
October 15, 2005
Rain Barrel Water Harvesting Guide
The southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico have generally dry climates and rapidly growing populations. Both Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, have limited water resources and must rely on the drought-prone Santa Cruz River for 50 percent or more of their water supply. A 6-page "how-to" guide on the basic principles of rain barrel water harvesting and information about installing your own system. This guide was prepared for the Nogales Rainwater Harvesting Open House.
November 30, 2004
Arizona Know Your Water
Our day-to-day existence depends on having access to fresh water. Arizonans use about 130 gallons of potable water per person per day. In addition, each day in the U.S. about 1400 gallons of fresh water are needed to grow one person’s food supply, produce electric power, and support industrial production. The environment, the water cycle, and human activities determine water quality. Consumers need to be aware of the water sources in Arizona, be familiar with the quality of the water they are using and be able to make informed decisions about their home water treatment options. Arizona...
July 15, 1996
Field Manual For Water Quality Sampling
This field manual is intended to serve as a field reference guide for the collection of water quality samples from surface water and ground water. More detailed information can be found in reference materials from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and other sources. Separate training should be provided prior to field water quality sampling. The overriding objective of this manual is to provide consistent field sampling protocols for the numerous agencies and individuals who require water quality information. However, it is not intended to replace any sampling plan. The Spanish-...