WRRC Weekly Wave
March 27, 2015 
Volume 3, Issue 11
In This Issue:
  • Ofelia Zepeda to Give Poetry Reading at 2015 WRRC Conference
  • April 10: Senator Flake to Convene Water Forum
  • April 14: Restoration of the CO River Delta: One Year After

... And much more!

Upcoming Events
Mar. 31
Apr. 8
Apr. 10
Apr. 14
Apr. 21
May. 5

Native American Poet Ofelia Zepeda to Give Poetry Reading at 2015 WRRC Annual Conference

Renowned Native American poet and linguist Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham) will present a reading of her work June 9, from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m., at the 2015 WRRC Annual Conference, "Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainable Water Practices." 

Zepeda is a community leader devoted to preserving Native American languages and to revitalizing tribal cultures. She is the author of the only textbook on the Tohono O'odham language, A Papago Grammar. Zepeda is also the Director of the American Indian Language Development Institute and a Regents' Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

The WRRC Annual Conference, in partnership with the Gila River Indian Community, will be held on June 9-10, 2015 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, Arizona. For more information, click here
To register online, click here.
Alon Rimmer 
Presentation: Salinity in the Sea of Galilee: Its History, Environmental Challenges, and Management
Speaker: Dr. Alon Rimmer, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Lake Kinneret Limnological Laboratory
Time/Location: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. / WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell)
Alon Rimmer, who is spending a few months in Tucson, is a senior scientist at Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research. He has published over 60 articles in the peer reviewed literature and chapters in edited books. 

Tice Supplee
Presentation: Shift Happens
Speaker: Tice Supplee, Audubon Arizona Director of Bird Conservation
Time/Location: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. / WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell)
Tice Supplee has 29 years of experience with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, including experiences in research, habitat management, game management, and urban wildlife. Note: This presentation will also be webcast live via GoToWebinar.

Senator Flake to Convene Forum on AZ Solutions to CO River Supply Challenges

On April 10th, Senator Jeff Flake is convening a water policy forum at the University of Arizona (UA) to hear about current Colorado River supply challenges and future strategies. The forum will be hosted by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and will be held 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the UA Center for Creative Photography Auditorium. Senator Flake will provide opening remarks to set the stage for a panel of distinguished experts to discuss Colorado River challenges and Arizona's use of underground storage to provide for future water supplies. Panelists are Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Marie Pearthree, Deputy General Manager, Central Arizona Project, Alan Forrest, Director, Tucson Water, and Sharon Megdal, Director, WRRC. 

Panel of Experts to Discuss "Restoration of the CO River Delta: One Year After"

On May 15, 2014, the Colorado River met the Sea of Cortez for the first time since the 1990's as a result of a landmark agreement between the US and Mexico known as "Minute 319". The agreement allowed release of 105,000 AF of water from Lake Mead as a "pulse flow" in a grand experiment to revitalize the delta.
Join the Water Resources Research Center and the Water Sustainability Program on April 14, 2015, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., when a panel of experts talks about the cross border politics and science behind this unique restoration effort and what the impacts have been on vegetation, wildlife, and groundwater recharge a year after the release began. It will be an opportunity to view breathtaking video of the pulse flow and the subsequent greening of the delta on the big screen. Learn more about panelists here.


City of Tucson NewsNet Features APW School Water Audit Program

Tucson Water, Arizona Project WET (APW), and students from Wilson K-8 School recently completed a school water audit that was six years in the making. Tuesday, Feb. 24, former Wilson K-8 students and current 4th and 8th grade students presented their findings from drinking fountain and bathroom faucet audits to school administrators, Tucson Water, and APW. Tucson 12 was on hand to capture the event. Watch video below:
Water Audit Produces Savings
Water Audit Produces Savings

To learn more about APW School Water Audit program, click here


April 13 - C2E 2015 Grant Program Application Deadline

April 13 is the last day to apply for the 2015 Conserve2Enhance (C2E) Grant Program. Each year the Tucson C2E program awards a small number of grants to local neighborhoods and organizations to enhance washes and riparian areas throughout Tucson. This funding comes from Tucson Water customer bill donations and C2E participants. Nearly 900 individuals donated to C2E in 2014 to make this grant program possible! For grant details, click here.

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in CA: Lester Snow 


Tuesday, May 5, the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions and the Water Resources Research Center are co-hosting a presentation on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California by Lester Snow, Executive Director of the California Water Foundation.  

The event will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the College of Optical Sciences (1630 E University Blvd, Tucson), Room 410. 
Learn more here. 


Eye on the Environment Photo Contest - Institute of the Environment 

The Institute of the Environment's Eye on the Environment Photo Contest is underway until Tuesday,
March 31, 2015.
Photographers are asked to capture and convey the challenges facing society in a world at risk from environmental change and loss of natural diversity. Photos can be submitted in three categories: general photography, general videography, and Instagram. To view submission guidelines and eligibility criteria, click 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, community outreach and engagement, and public education. 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.