Meeting Info

Information About Phoenix Chapter Meetings

The Phoenix Chapter will not be holding meetings in August or September. Please join us at the 2017 AHS Symposium in Flagstaff on September 6–9.

Join us for a talk on the Salt River Project’s (SRP’s) water resources management, reservoir operations, and the importance of forest health on water supply in the Valley.

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7/12/2017 05:30 PM
7/12/2017 8:00 PM
Monthly Chapter Meeting
SRP Water Resource Management Presentation
Bluewater Grill, 1720 E Camelback Rd
  • Date: July 12
  • Time: 5:30-6:00 PM, happy hour; 6:00-8:00 PM, dinner / meeting
  • Place: Bluewater Grill, 1720 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 [map]
  • Cost: $25 regular, $20 government, free for students, $25 for student sponsorship*
  • RSVP: Beth Proffitt or REGISTER ONLINE*

* If you are paying online and sponsoring a student, please enter “student” and “sponsor” in the first and last name fields during the checkout process.

SRP’s Water Resources Management & the Importance of Forest Health on Valley Water Supplies

SRP was created in the early 1900s to ensure an adequate water supply for its shareholders in the Salt River Valley. SRP’s success in managing its water resources resides in a long history of vision, innovation, and strategic planning. Today, SRP operates six dams and reservoirs on the Salt and Verde Rivers in central Arizona within in a 13,000-square-mile watershed; one dam and reservoir on East Clear Creek in northern Arizona; and approximately 270 groundwater wells within its service territory to make deliveries for municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses. The primary operational objective continues to be the conjunctive management of multiple sources of water to ensure an adequate carry-over supply for shareholders in the Salt River Valley. Water resource planning has adapted as SRP’s service territory has evolved over the past century in Arizona’s harsh and highly variable desert climate. A key component in adapting to an uncertain future is understanding how catastrophic forest fires and winter snowpack within the upstream watershed can impact water resources in Phoenix — and what can be done to reduce these risks to the water supply.

Charlie Ester, SRP

Charlie Ester is the Surface Water Resources Manager at SRP, the water and power utility founded in 1903 that serves most of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Surface Water Resources group is responsible for weather forecasting in support of power and water operations, watershed monitoring, runoff forecasting, reservoir operations planning, flood emergency reservoir operations, and drought preparedness. Charlie is the past chairman of the Oak Creek Watershed Council and a member of Carpe Diem West’s Leadership Team and Healthy Headwaters consortium. He promotes SRP’s Watershed Stewardship role through an expanding internal monitoring effort, a research program with Arizona’s universities, and participation with the Forest Service and other collaborators on various forest and watershed restoration efforts. Charlie has been with SRP more than 34 years and is a 1983 UA graduate.

Looking Ahead…

If you would like to do a presentation at a future Phoenix Chapter meeting or if you know someone else who could use an audience, please contact Stephen Flora.

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