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.
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.
Most Federal agencies that fund research now require publications funded from their agencies get deposited in an agency-run repository, to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. All of the agencies that require publications do not necessarily expect the published version of publications to be made publicly available. Some, like for instance, the National Institutes of Health, call for the final peer-reviewed manuscript.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 WRRC Photo Contest: Greg Griffin, Tina Baker, and Sara Bertram. The winning photos captured this year’s theme of Growing with Water, showcasing flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways. The photos below showcase the photographers' distinct perspectives. We would also like to thank the runner-up photographers for their engaging images.
Arizona is facing the challenge of future water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges?
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.