WRRC Weekly Wave
February 28, 2014 
Volume 2, Issue 8

In This Issue:
  • Final 10 Days of Early Bird Conference Registration
  • March 13 Brown Bag: Don Gross (ADWR)
  • Arizona Project WET Opens Discovery Center at Rio Salado in Phoenix

... And much more!

Upcoming Events
March 4
March 13
March 24
March 25
April 7
April 8
WRRC Brown Bag: AZ Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA)WRRC Regional Workshop: The Future of AZ Water in Natural Areas
Final 10 Days of Early Bird Registration for WRRC Annual Conference 

Only 10 days remain to register at the early bird rate for the April 8 WRRC Annual Conference, "Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand." Today through Monday, March 10, early bird registration is just $100 (after March 10, $125), and students are welcome to register for only $35. The conference will be held at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center in Tucson, Ariz. 


Explore the agenda and learn more about the sponsors and keynote speakers
Thursday, March 13
Don Gross (ADWR)
Presentation: Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) - Overview and Use in Planning and Operation of the Colorado River
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell)
Speaker: Don Gross, Water Resources Engineer, Colorado River Management Section, Arizona Department of Water Resources

This Brown Bag presentation will include a brief history of the development the Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS), and its structure. This will be followed by an overview of the various planning studies in which CRSS was used, and information on how CRSS is utilized in operation of the Colorado River.

Arizona Project WET Launches Discovery Program at Rio Salado

APW's Discovery Program, recently launched at Rio Salado in Phoenix, engages people in exploration that leads to new nature discoveries in their communities. Park visitors embark on a journey using smartphone-accessible QR codes to guide them on a walk during which they wonder about a scientific question, enact their own plan to answer it, and collect and report data. Students and teachers from ASU Preparatory Middle School and Tempe High School pilot tested the program on Feb. 25 and 26. Learn more about the Discovery Program here or visit the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.

SWES Master's Student Published in Nature Scientific Reports

Valerisa Joe, a Master's Student in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Studies (SWES) working with WRRC Associate Director Jean McLain, is a co-author on a paper recently published in Nature Scientific Reports. The paper, "Short RNA indicator sequences are not completely degraded by autoclaving," outlines the results of a project Joe completed while attending New Mexico State University, which examined the efficacy of high pressure and temperature in destroying viral molecules in water. 
Click here for the complete story.

Water RAPIDS Team Facilitates Water Experts Workshop in Clarkdale

The WRRC's Water RAPIDS program facilitated a Water Experts Workshop earlier this week for the Town of Clarkdale, Ariz, as part of Clarkdale's Water Resources Management Program. The goal of the workshop was to bring together experts from across Arizona to help Clarkdale identify the best possible options for ensuring a sustainable water supply and to make recommendations for a path forward. 


The Water RAPIDS team also unveiled a Water Primer for the Town of Clarkdale at the workshop. Learn more about the Water RAPIDS program here.

Sedona.biz: WRRC Conference Tackles AZ Water Supply and Demand


Sedona.biz covered the WRRC's upcoming April 8 Annual Conference this week in the article, "WRRC Conference Tackles Growing Gap Between Water Supply and Demand in Arizona." The Conference will explore Arizona's options for meeting future water needs, and will cover a range of water sustainability topics, including conservation, reuse, recycling, policy options and much more. Read the complete story here.

RSVP for March 4 C2E Community Enhancement Grant Workshop


The WRRC's Conserve to Enhance (C2E) Program is now accepting applications for its 2014 Community Enhancement Grant. To explain and answer questions about the grant process, C2E will host a grant workshop on Tuesday, March 4 from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Water Resources Research Center in Tucson (350 N. Campbell Ave.). Click here to RSVP for the workshop. Grant applications are due April 11; click here to learn more.


Daily Star Article Focuses on the Future of Drinking Water in Arizona


An article earlier this week in the Arizona Daily Star focuses on future options for water in Arizona. Tony Davis's Feb. 23 article, "Arizona's drinking-water needs will force trade-offs," highlights the effects of growing populations and increasingly stressed supplies. The article also cites the Arizona Department of Water Resources' recently released Strategic Vision for Arizona Water Supply Sustainability. Read more about the Strategic Vision here.


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The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) - a unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) - promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, education and outreach. The WRRC works closely with Arizona Cooperative Extension, a CALS outreach organization that  provides a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. For more information, visit us at wrrc.arizona.edu.