Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
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.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.
This fall groundwater is getting a surge of overdue attention from scientists and water professionals, who aim to raise awareness of this “invisible” resource. The Water Resources Research Center’s director, Sharon B. Megdal, has been involved in two separate but related activities aimed at promoting understanding and protection of groundwater.
Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
Are you ready to imagine, design, and plant your water-smart landscaping? The UA Water Resources Research Center's new Desert Landscaping website has tools and tips to help. The mobile-friendly site emphasizes arid-adapted gardening and features a "Plant Selector" tool to help you find the right plants for your landscaping project.