ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
WRRC Releases New Water Harvesting Toolbox
TUCSON, Ariz. (May 6, 2014) - The Desert Water Harvesting Initiative (DWHI), a program of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, has released its new Water Harvesting Assessment Toolbox.
This decision-support guide aims to help communities in the arid and semi-arid Southwest evaluate water harvesting as a strategy for meeting water resource challenges and providing multiple additional benefits, such as mitigating urban heat island effects, reducing energy costs and meeting stormwater quality regulations.
As climate change increasingly impacts supply and demand balances, water harvesting can become an important component of a community's response. Because water harvesting intersects with many community concerns and jurisdictions, the Toolbox is designed to be used in a group setting by multiple representatives who have diverse perspectives and interests. Detailed instructions are provided in the Toolbox to enable a facilitator to lead the group through the water harvesting assessment process. Facilitated group discussions will help users create a community-specific roadmap for undertaking water harvesting in their area. A presentation template is included in the Toolbox to guide users in sharing their roadmap with decision-makers and the public.
The Water Harvesting Assessment Toolbox was produced by a team supported by funding through the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, in conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART grant program. This Toolbox is a prototype, and any and all feedback on ease of use, effectiveness, and suggested improvements is welcomed.
The facilitator instructions and all other components of the Toolbox can be found at wrrc.arizona.edu/DWHI (click the green "Toolbox" button). Visitors can browse additional water harvesting resources by clicking through the tabs at the top of the page.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.