WRRC Conference 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
8:00 - 3:30
Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ.
Engage in exciting discussions at the Water Resources Research Center’s 2020 annual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years. Join us as we look back at the last 40 years of Arizona water management and forward to the next 40 years. Presentations and moderated panels will focus on describing how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience. At each crossroads, our decisions must be carefully considered if we are going to achieve a more resilient water future for all Arizonans.
Keynote: Former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt
We are delighted to announce that former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt will be giving the opening keynote presentation. In his presentation, Looking Forward: Then and Now, he will reflect on Arizona’s groundwater management today and what we need to be addressing over the next 40 years.
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- Former Governor Bruce Babbitt, Looking Forward: Then and Now (confirmed)
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman (invited)
The Road Traveled
Past Arizona Department of Water Resources Directors will highlight accomplishments and air current perspectives in a moderated discussion.
Drawing the Water Map
Presentations will brief attendees on Arizona’s water management, groundwater, technology options, water quality, and the water/energy/food nexus, setting the stage for discussions throughout the day.
Reading the Road Signs
What pressures will water-use sectors likely face in the future? Presenters will offer rural, urban, and Tribal perspectives, describe anticipated effects from climate change, and point out the pressures faced by agriculture and natural systems moving forward.
Choosing a Route
A moderated discussion with several Arizona legislators will focus on how we need to manage Arizona's groundwater for agriculture, meet the water needs of rural communities, plan and prepare for urban growth, and ensure access to safe and reliable water.
On-Ramp to a Resilient Future
How are we modifying our concepts of water management to achieve long-term resilience? Arizona’s thought leaders, representing Tribal, agricultural, development, environmental, and water management, will share their insights and perspectives.
Networking ● Sponsor Tabling ● Interactive Polling to take the pulse of the room throughout the day