Government Goings-on

The Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) has been for 20 years the legal mechanism by which subdivisions based on mined groundwater can have that groundwater replenished by someone else somewhere else.  The promise of CAGRD replenishment fueled the boom in real estate development in the three-county service area by eliminating the pesky Assured Water Supply problem.  The Arizona Department… MORE…

AHS Scholarship Winners

AHS congratulates our many student scholars. Intern Scholarships Ms. Rae Lynn Byars – Charles C. Avery Intern Scholarship Mr. Anthony Ferrell – Herman Bouwer Intern Scholarship Ms. Marlyn Ripalda – Leonard Halpenny Intern Scholarship Academic Scholarships Mr. Michael Schubert Mr. Alexander Prescott Mr. Yoganand Korgaonkar Mr. Xavier Zapata-Rios CAP Award for Water Research Mr. Andri Rachmadi – 1st Place Ms.… MORE…

Government Goings-on

Welcome to the party, California!  In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed three pieces of legislation that for the first time in 164 years will try to regulate California’s use of groundwater, something other Western states have been doing for decades.  For a state so fond of regulating activities involving natural resources, a state which often adopts environmental standards far more… MORE…

Government Goings-on

Just a few weeks ago, a former corporate board treasurer (6 years) alerted me to a new federal regulation. The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new directive applicable to all forests, but especially those in the West. More information on the new directive (including the directive itself) can be found here. The Forest Service directive notes that groundwater and… MORE…

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar — Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River

Speaker: Robert H. Webb, Adjunct Professor, Hydrology and Water Resources, the University of Arizona / Co-Author of “Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River” Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 3 / 12 – 1:30 p.m. Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson) Robert H. Webb will discuss his recently published book, Requiem for the Santa Cruz:… MORE…

Government Goings-on

In April, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers jointly put out a draft rule under the Clean Water Act.  The rule addresses exactly what is meant by “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS.  Regulatory confusion arose from two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 (SWNCC) and 2006 (Rapanos), which attempted to clarify definitions but resulted in even more uncertainty.  Multiple… MORE…

C2E Launches Free Online Water Conservation Tool

The WRRC’s Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program recently announced that its new online water conservation tool — theWater Use Dashboard — is now live. The Dashboard is a free, easy-to-use tool for C2E participants to track and monitor their in-home water use and efficiency. A robust, one-stop shop for participants to learn about water resources, the Dashboard also makes it simple to track water… MORE…

Government Goings-on

A flurry of articles has descended upon us following the description of what might happen if, as described last month, water level elevations at Lake Mead fall below 1000 ft.  The usual suspects, all out of state, proclaim instant desiccation for Arizona cities and the imminent fall of Southwestern civilization.  But most of the Colorado River water going to Arizona… MORE…