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.
Sharon B. Megdal
Sharon B. Megdal
350 North Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), a Cooperative Extension center and a 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 of 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 Technology Research Initiative Fund.
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 and her compendium of water policy columns can be found at https://wrrc.arizona.edu/columns. Dr. Megdal teaches the multi-disciplinary graduate course Water Policy in Arizona and Semi-arid Regions.
Current professional service activities include Board President, International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) and Board Member, American Water Resources Association (AWRA). Elected to a six-year term in 2008 and 2014, Sharon represents the residents of Pima County on the Board of Directors for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, also known as the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The board is responsible for the policies, rates and taxes associated with delivering Colorado River water to Central Arizona. Since February 2016, Sharon has served as 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 in Economics from Douglass College of Rutgers University.
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Mailing address: Water Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
Phone: 1-520-621-9591; Fax: 1-520-792-8518; WhatsApp: 1-520-245-9020
WRRC website: wrrc.arizona.edu; Director’s web page: http://wrrc.arizona.edu/sharon-megdal
We, the four Pima County representatives on the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Board of Directors, read with interest Tony Davis’ September 4, 2016 article “Lake Powell could dry up in as little as six years, study says” on the water resource issues facing Lake Powell and the Colorado River Upper Basin States of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
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.
A pilot grey water treatment system and collection network were designed, installed, and operated in Jordan Valley using natural filtration materials. Grey water from showers and washing sinks was collected from four houses. In order to evaluate the performance of multi-layer filter (MLF) ability to remove the pollutants from the collected grey water, the quality of treated and untreated grey water was examined and the suitability of treated grey water for irrigation was assessed.
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.