Environmental Management offers research and opinions on use and conservation of natural resources, protection of habitats and control of hazards, spanning the field of environmental management without regard to traditional disciplinary boundaries. The journal aims to improve communication, making ideas and results from any field available to practitioners from other backgrounds. Contributions are drawn from biology, botany...
Sharon B. Megdal
Sharon B. Megdal
Director, Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
350 North Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), an Extension and research unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her work focuses on water policy and management, on which she writes and frequently speaks. She also holds the titles: Professor and Specialist, Department Soil, Water, and Environmental Science; C.W. & Modene Neely Endowed Professor; and Distinguished Outreach Professor. She serves as Director of the University of Arizona Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions Program, which is funded by the University of Arizona Technology Research and Initiative Fund (TRIF).
The geographic scope of Dr. Megdal’s work ranges from local to international. Current projects include: comparative evaluation of water management, policy, and governance in growing, water-scarce regions; groundwater management and governance; groundwater recharge; and transboundary aquifer assessment. She is the lead editor of the book, Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. She also has served as lead guest editor for multiple special issues of the journal Water. She writes a regular water policy column for the WRRC newsletter. Current and all past columns can be found here. Dr. Megdal teaches the multi-disciplinary graduate course Arizona Water Policy.
Current service activities include the following: President-Elect of the board of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR); Board Member, International Arid Lands Consortium; and Board Member, American Water Resources Association (AWRA). She served as President of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) in Fiscal Year 2015. Sharon also is an elected public official. In November 2014, she was elected by the residents of Pima County, Arizona to a second six-year term on Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Water Conservation, also known as the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The board is responsible for the policies, rates and taxes associated with delivering Colorado River water through the Central Arizona Project. In February 2016, Dr. Megdal was elected Secretary of the CAP Board and Chair of the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District and Underground Storage Committee. Dr. Megdal has served on numerous Arizona boards and commissions, including the Arizona Corporation Commission, the State Transportation Board and the Arizona Medical Board. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University and an A. B. degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University.
We in Arizona Arizona have become all too famlllar 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 o reliable water supply can't 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.
Stakeholder participation is a foundation of good water governance. Good groundwater governance typically involves the co-production of knowledge about the groundwater system. Models provide a vehicle for producing this knowledge, as well as a “boundary object” around which scientists and stakeholders can convene the co-production process.
Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), recently co-authored an article on Tucson Water (TW) with Alan Forrest, former director of TW and current manager for CH2M. The article, "How a Drought-Resilient Water Delivery System Rose Out of the Desert: The Case of Tucson Water", was published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal American Water Works Association (AWWA) and explores the history of Tucson Water over the past two-plus decades.
The Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona’s Natural Areas contains information on the current scientific understanding of water for natural areas and existing legal considerations for providing water to natural areas, examples of where natural areas are already included in water management decisions, and an overview of available paths forward for including natural areas alongside human uses.
Abstract: Groundwater is a critical component of the water supply for agriculture, urban areas, industry, and ecosystems, but managing it is a challenge because groundwater is difficult to map, quantify, and evaluate. Until recently, study and assessment of governance of this water resource has been largely neglected. A survey was developed to query state agency officials about the extent and scope of groundwater use, groundwater laws and regulations, and groundwater tools and strategies.