Government Goings-on

Drought can kick operational structures in the teeth.  The water budget for Lake Mead has become unbalanced due to the extended drought.  Legal demands from the three Lower Basin states and Mexico plus losses require 9.6 million acre-feet to be released annually from Lake Powell to meet Lower Basin demands.  Some 600,000 acre-feet evaporates each year off Lake Mead alone, … MORE…

Help ADWR Update the Phoenix AMA Groundwater Model!

Fellow AHS members, ADWR is currently updating the Phoenix AMA groundwater model.  Correctly assessing vertical flow is an important component of the model and difficult to do because there are so few known pairs or clusters of wells screened at different intervals in the same location.  If your project has such wells, it would be very helpful to ADWR (and … MORE…

Government Goings-on

The Arizona Legislature wrapped up its session last week.  Little harm was done in water issues.  Now let’s look at what is happening at the Federal level. When first enacted, the Clean Water Act of 1972 covered “navigable waters of the United States.”  CWA Section 404 requires a permit prior to modification activities affecting waters of the United States; Section … MORE…

Government Goings-on

Arizona, California, and Nevada aren’t the only Western states to share a river.  A couple of weeks ago, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado attended the annual meeting of the Rio Grande Compact Commission.  This group defines how water from the Rio Grande will be shared amongst the three states.  Drought conditions are worsening, and the available water supply is not … MORE…

Save the Date: 2014 AHS/AIPG National Conference

The 2014 AHS/AIPG National Conference will be held from September 13-16, 2014, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Prescott. The American Institute of Professional Geologists will be holding its executive and advisory board meetings on Saturday, September 13. Field trips, workshops, exhibitor setup, poster setup, the AHS Foundation meeting, and the icebreaker / reception will take place Sunday, … MORE…

ADWR’S New Online Data Portal

Notice!  ADWR has developed an online data portal for the reporting and sharing of 3rd party water level data. The new on-line data portal provides individuals and organizations with an online interface to submit water level data that allows for data sharing and eventually for various reporting requirements. Third party groundwater levels are directly input into ADWR’s Ground Water Site Inventory … MORE…

Win a 2014 Jeep Cherokee & Support the AHS Foundation!

Need some new wheels? With your $25 contribution (or 5 tickets for $100) you could win a 2014 Jeep Cherokee!!! The best part is that 100% of your contribution will support the AHS Foundation’s funding of scholarships, internships, science fairs, and teachers’ workshops. The drawing will be held November 13, 2014. All entries must be received by October 31. The … MORE…

AHS Foundation Update

The AHS Foundation had a prosperous 2013, and we thank our many donors. The scholarship, intern, and science fair programs were supported to a large extent by our Corporate Sponsors: Montgomery & Associates, Freeport McMoRan, and Central Arizona Project. Additional contributing corporations included Rosemont Copper, GeoSystems Analysis, Southwest Groundwater Construction, and the Symposium GoldSim workshop. Many individual donations were made … MORE…