Water RAPIDS

 

 

 

 

Our goal is to help communities balance a secure water future for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors with the water demands of the natural environment. Planning for people and natural resources together can lead to a more sustainable future by both strengthening local and regional economies, and supporting the natural resources that contribute to a high quality of life in the southwestern United States.

Recent Publications Upcoming Events

NEW!  The Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona's Natural Areas is now available.  The Roadmap 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.

NEW!  The Town of Clarkdale Water Resources Management Program Recommendations Report is now available. This report summarizes the six principal recommendations for developing the Town's water management program. In addition to the six recommendations, multiple water management options are reviewed, which may be of interest to others concerned about sustainable municipal water management.

Scenarios for the Upper Gila Watershed is available for download.  This document describes possible futures of the watershed and will be used to inform the Watershed Planning in the Upper Gila Watershed project moving forward.

March 14th, 2015:  Please join us for the Conserve2Enhance Dedication of the Palo Verde Neighborhood Pocket Park.  This Tucson C2E project transformed a barren well site into a lovely pocket park in the central city.  The event will take place at sunset, approximately 5:27 pm, at 3330 East Fairmount Street in Tucson.

To request more information please contact Kelly Mott Lacroix.

The Water RAPIDS team can provide a range of services, including:

  • Watershed management and planning that integrates natural resources, water resources, and community development
  • Stakeholder engagement process design and facilitation services for communities seeking feedback on water resources issues or in need of assistance to address water-related conflicts
  • Geographic information system (GIS) analysis of water and natural resource issues
  • Innovative approaches and tools for increasing household water conservation, while building awareness of the relationship between natural resources and water use

Conserve to Enhance Logo

Conserve2Enhance (C2E): An innovative new approach to conserving water and restoring the environment in our communities.

  • Conserve2Enhance (C2E) has launched our new online Dashboard!  Visit us at www.conserve2enhance.org and make your water savings count!

Cienega Creek above Mattie        

Connecting the Environment to Arizona Water Planning (EnWaP): Building on the results of the Environmental Water Needs Assessment, the WRRC is working with communities throughout Arizona to incorporate environmental water needs into water management and planning.

  • Roadmap for Considering Water for Arizona's Natural Areas  The Roadmap 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.
  • EnWaP Database: This database is a compilation of 121 published studies conducted thoughout Arizona on the environmental flow needs and reponses of 100+ aquatic and riparian species.  The database is current through July 2014.

Gila River near Threeway (Clifton)         Watershed Planning in the Upper Gila Watershed: The Upper Gila River is one of the last stretches of free-flowing river in the American West. Through stakeholder engagement, watershed assessment and scenario planning, the WRRC is working to assist local water planning efforts to ensure adequate supply for all water using sectors.

Seal of Clarkdale        

Sustainable Clarkdale: The town of Clarkdale, Arizona is working to become a sustainable community.  The Water RAPIDS team is assisting the town to develop a model water resource management program that will reduce per capita water consumption to sustainable levels in order to protect the Verde River.   The end goal is to balance water consumption and supply by exploring benefits and consequences of management options, the policies and outreach required to initiate a public engagement process, and an information campaign to build support from citizens for the Sustainable Clarkdale initiative.

In 2014 the WRRC lead a Water Experts Meeting in February and a Small Town Water Management Forum in June.  In advance of the Water Experts Meeting a Water Primer for the Town of Clarkdale was prepared to introduce the invited experts to the geography and hydrologic conditions of Clarkdale, as well as the current water management challenges and potential solutions identified by the Town.