Water RAPIDS (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) helps 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 will lead to a more sustainable future.
Current and Upcoming Events
Current Water RAPIDS projects include:
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.organd make your water savings count!
Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Environmental Flows DatabaseThe goal of this project is to develop a tool that will enable more resilient and effective management of riparian and aquatic systems throughout the deserts of the United States and Mexico. This project is being done in partnership with Northern Arizona University (NAU).
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.
Raising Water Awareness in the Globe-Miami Community: The Globe-Miami area faces complex challenges in balancing their water supply and infrastructure with current and future demands. To meet these challenges WRRC and the Gila County Cooperative Extension office are collaborating on educational opportunities for residents, including an Arizona Water 101 workshop series and a Master Watershed Steward Educational Program Series.
Recent Water RAPIDS projects include:
Connecting the Environment to Arizona Water Planning (EnWaP): Building on the results of the Environmental Water Needs Assessment, the WRRC worked with communities throughout Arizona to incorporate environmental water needs into water management and planning. Project products included:
- 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.
Sustainable Clarkdale: The town of Clarkdale, Arizona is working to become a sustainable community. The Water RAPIDS team assisted 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 of this project was 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.
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