WRRC Summer Wave
July 25, 2014 
Volume 2, Issue 25

In This Issue:
  • WRRC releases 2014 Arroyo: What is the Value of Water?
  • Sept. 3 Brown Bag: Requiem for the Santa Cruz
  • EnWaP Updates Enviro. Water Demands Database

... And much more!

Upcoming Events
July 30 - Aug. 1
Aug. 5-8
Sept. 3
Sept. 9
Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science (Biosphere 2)WRRC Brown Bag: Requiem for the Santa Cruz - An Environmental History of an Arizona River

WRRC Releases 2014 Arroyo: What is the Value of Water? A Complex Question


The UA Water Resources Research Center released the 2014 Arroyo, "What is the Value of Water? A Complex Question," last week. This free, 16-page annual publication is devoted to a single water topic of timely interest in Arizona.


This year's Arroyo addresses the issues in determining the value of water and examines the concept of water's value from various perspectives and contexts. Beginning with a detailed description of the economic value of water, the 2014 Arroyo also provides examples of non-monetary valuation based on water's cultural and spiritual importance. 


This edition makes every effort to present  the complexity of determining the value of water as objectively as possible and leaves it up to the reader to answer the question, "What is the value of water?"  


Download the free 2014 Arroyo hereSign up to receive the Arroyo and other WRRC publications here

Wednesday, Sept. 3
Robert H. Webb

Presentation: Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River
Speaker: Robert H. Webb, co-author of "Requiem for the Santa Cruz," and UA Adjunct Prof. in Hydrology and Water Resources
Time/Location: 12 - 1:30 p.m. (WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room, 350 N. Campbell) 
Robert H. Webb will discuss his recently published co-authored book, "Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River." For thousands of years, the Santa Cruz River has been a focal point in Southern Arizona. The book includes a detailed reconstruction of river changes in Tucson, revealing the interrelationships among riparian ecosystems, water supply, flood control and land use. The largest known U.S. mesquite bosque once developed south of Martinez Hill on the Tohono O'odham reservation, but was destroyed by the early 1970s. Today, managers in the Tucson Basin seek the potentially mutually exclusive goals of maintenance of riparian ecosystems, continued use of groundwater, and flood control. Restoration of an extensive bosque like the Great Mesquite Forest would be improbable. Note: This presentation will also be webcast live via GoToWebinar.


C2E Awards More Than $13,000 in Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The Conserve 2 Enhance (C2E) program is giving out more than $13,000 in grants to local organizations, which will use the money to turn empty spaces and degraded washes into water-saving public places. Three projects are being funded in the Palo Verde neighborhood, Silverlake Park and Jefferson Park neighborhood, which will install rainwater/stormwater harvesting systems to help reduce flooding and erosion, restore native vegetation and improve wildlife habitats in washes, create public gathering spaces and more. C2E raised the funds for the grants through Tucson Water customers' voluntary donations based on money saved from in-home water conservation efforts. Like C2E on Facebook to learn more and keep their updates in your news feed.

WRRC's EnWaP Program Updates Database on Environmental Water Needs


The WRRC's Connecting Environmental Water Needs to Arizona Water Planning (EnWaP) program has updated its Environmental Water Needs Database through July 2014. The database is a compilation of 121 published studies on the flow needs and responses of riparian and aquatic species and ecosystems that have been conducted throughout Arizona over the past 20 years. 


The database contains quantitative and descriptive information on the flow needs and flow responses of more than 130 aquatic and riparian species.
Download the free database here


For more information on the database, contact Kelly Mott Lacroix

The WRRC's 2014 Summer Photo Contest featuring the theme of "Catch the Rain" runs through Sept. 26. Read contest rules and guidelines here.

Photographers are asked to submit unique, Arizona-specific photos this monsoon season in two categories: "Catch and Reuse," and "Water in Nature." 
Submitted photos should tell the story of Arizona's uncommon connection with (and use of) the rain through 
interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
The photographer whose entry wins Best in Show will be awarded a $100 prize, and two Best of Category winning photographers will receive $75 each. Learn more, see photo examples, and submit your photos here

Coming Soon: Summer 2014 Issue of Arizona Water Resource

The upcoming Summer 2014 issue of the WRRC's quarterly newsletter, the Arizona Water Resource (AWR), will cover NASA's advanced water recycling technologies, smart water metering systems, and a summary of the final panel session of the 2014 WRRC Annual Conference, "Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand." The summer AWR will also include WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal's Public Policy Review column, "Complex Water Management Issues Require Thorough and Ongoing Dialogues."  Sign up to receive the AWR and other WRRC publications here.

Arizona Project WET Awarded Grant for Water Investigations Program

Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation  (NFWF) to support its Water Investigations Program (WIP) in the Phoenix Valley.

Over the past two years, APW has partnered with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to bring more than 1,600 students to the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area for science investigations. 

The NFWF grant will be used to assist with transportation to the site, with the added benefit of improving monarch butterfly habitat along the Salt River. Learn more about Arizona Project WET and WIP


WRRC Publications Now Available in Digital Format From UA Libraries

A total of 358 digitized archival copies of past WRRC publications are now available online from the University of Arizona Libraries' Campus Repository.

WRRC publications -- which date back to 1958 -- are searchable by title, author, date and subject, and include past editions of the Arizona Water Resource newsletter, the Arroyo, WRRC studies and much more. Digitization funding was provided by UA Libraries, and work was finished during the WRRC's 50-year anniversary in 2014. 
Explore the digitized WRRC archives here.


Water World: USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of WRRA

July 17 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964 into federal law. 

Learn more here


Sedona.biz: What is Water Worth?    

The recently released WRRC 2014 Arroyo addresses the issues in determining the value of water. Read more.

Arizona Daily Star: With Lake Mead Sinking, Pressure Grows for Action

WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal calls for action in response to the drop in Lake Mead's water level. Read the full article here.

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.