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.
April 8 WRRC Annual Conference: Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand
April 8, 2014: The University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
Organized in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Online registration is open through April 2. Regular registration is $125, and students are welcome to register for just $35.
The Colorado River Basin faces a large and growing gap between water supply and demand. In Arizona, water demand exceeds renewable supplies by a margin that is estimated to grow to 1 million acre-feet by 2060. The Water Resources Research Center’s (WRRC) 2014 Annual Conference will explore a range of options to balance the scales of water supply and demand in Arizona. Be a part of this important conversation -- join us for a day of informative presentations, lively discussions and a special poster session that will include a celebration of the WRRC's 50th anniversary.
See the complete program of confirmed speakers, panelists and moderators here.
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.
During 2017, the Water Resources Research Center will work tirelessly to bring trusted water information to Arizona stakeholders and to share Arizona's water story with others. We will connect water consumers with natural restoration actions through Conserve2Enhance. We will bring the world of water to K-12 students through Arizona Project WET. We will train students and instill a passion for Arizona's water sustainability. And through our Water RAPIDS program, we will engage and help Arizona communities as they face extremely difficult water resource decisions.
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.
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.