Year Established: 2011 Start Date: 2011-03-01 End Date: 2012-02-29
Total Federal Funds: $57,249 Total Non-Federal Funds: $105,949
Principal Investigators: Sharon Megdal, Susanna Eden
Abstract: The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center will continue its popular series of yearly conferences, and its highly regarded Arizona Water Resource newsletter will continue to be published quarterly. The annual series of Arroyo, a single-topic newsletter, will be published at the end of the 2011 grant period. The well-attended Brown Bag lunchtime seminar series also will continue. In addition to conferences, newsletters and seminars, WRRC personnel will continue to regularly facilitate the exchange of information between water experts and water information users through community outreach, providing lectures and presentations to diverse audiences. Collaborations with associated programs will continue. The WRRC-based Arizona Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) reaches out to teachers and students across Arizona through interactive in-service workshops and annual Water Festivals held throughout the state. Arizona NEMO (Non-point Education for Municipal Officials) provides information and technical support to communities and watershed groups. Public interest in water issues remains high, with water sustainability, the environment, Colorado River water supplies, drought and climate change eliciting concern. The WRRC responds to many inquiries for information related to these issues. The WRRC is placing increased emphasis on the internet as a public information tool. Papers and presentations of WRRC personnel, as well as other informational documents such as working papers and research reports, are posted on the recently redesigned WRRC website.